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Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency, RSSDA is set to launch its, 'Graduate Work Experience Placement Scheme, GWEPS. PHCCIMA media gathered that already galore of PHCCIMA member companies have indicated interest to absorb graduates and leverage on the opportunity.

The GWEP programme according to the President of the chamber, Engr. Emeka Unachukwu is part of PHCCIMA's Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, adding also that it is part of his administrations continued efforts to create vistas of opportunities to enable members to leverage and support their businesses.

Speaking during the monthly council meeting of PHCCIMA, Unachukwu said the formal inauguration of the committee to handle the scheme is expected very soon, and urged more member companies to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the scheme.

The PHCCIMA helmsman said the objective of the scheme was to see member companies engage the service of at least one graduate at an allowance of N20, 000 monthly, and have RSSDA pay up the rest of the bill.

'The scheme is a rewarding one as it affords member companies the opportunity to hire services of a graduate for a meager N20, 000 and have the rare advantage of RSSDA completing the remaining amount payable to the graduate monthly',. Unachukwu was quoted as saying. He described the GWEP scheme as a worthwhile initiative that gets you a graduate to work with and pay N20, 000 no matter how rigorous, huge or challenging the job prescription is while RSSDA pays the rest.

The amount mentioned according to the president is obviously for cheap work force, but however noted that both organizations came out with the initiative to support the retinue of unemployed youths in the state and most importantly provide graduate support for PHCCIMA member companies.

It will be recalled that PHCCIMA and RSSDA has been working closely in various people oriented projects through partnerships, the Graduate Work Experience Placement Scheme partnership entered recently is said to have moved the relationship between the two bodies to another pedestal as RSSDA was only recently formally inducted as member of PHCCIMA.