The quality and the mix of a nation’s or an organisation’s talent pool determine everything. The competition for talents in this century has never been fiercer than now, no thanks to globalization and the progressive advancements in technology – making communication cheaper and better by the day; which in turn has made it a lot easier for people across the globe to collaborate more effectively. The implication is that mobility of labour just keeps getting more fluid. Another implication of the advancement in technology is the constant shift in skills need. The sad story for Nigeria is that its higher education system has been underperforming for a long time – churning out unemployable graduates and a mix that does not match industry needs and demands.
Sadly also, over the last few decades Nigerians have continued to emigrate to virtually every developed country of the world in search of better education and employment opportunities. The brain drain has been a major challenge to the Nigerian economy – when a country continues to lose its brightest minds, poverty is inevitable. The situation has gotten worse in the last 10 years – even highly skilled and gainfully employed individuals are emigrating in droves. However, we believe a brain gain system can be designed to strategically turn the emigration in Nigeria’s favour. Part of what the Talent Mapping project is designed to do are:
- Constantly monitor shifts in skills demand.
- Engage in periodic talent mapping for the Nigerian economy.
- Work in concert with government to develop policy responses for the talent short falls.
- Work with higher education institutions to periodically review curriculum and teaching methodologies.
- Provide a conduit for connecting special talents in the Diaspora to Nigeria needs.