LIBERIA: Calvary Empowerment Team and HR Professionals conduct a three days Job Skills Training for Unemployed Graduates


Calvary Empowerment Team (CET) was established in January 2007 as a national organization not meant for profit making but for empowering the youths. CET has been active in developing Liberian youths towards achieving their goals.

It is very conversant with graduates submitting letters of applications and resumes for jobs at various organizations in hopes of obtaining an employment however many of these applicants lose potential employment opportunities due to poor exhibition of interview skills or dismal of poor written resumes submitted.

In order to improve the potentials of graduates and university students who seek employment, the Association of Liberian Human Resources professionals (ALHRP) and the Calvary Empowerment Team (CET), both local non profit organizations, decided to organize a 3 days workshop to educate and train students and graduates on how to write a proper cover letter, prepare their resume so that it can stand out amongst others, even with their limited working experience. They were also trained on interview skills.

The training was held from March 16th-18th, the 3-day workshop attracted more than 100 students from various Universities around Monrovia and graduates in Liberia as a whole. The 3-days workshop was held at the Chevron Monrovia Central Park, a facility owned by the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), but currently managed by Calvary Empowerment Team under a Public Private Partnership Agreement.

The Founding Director of CET, Mr. Samuel T. Duo, said “this training is a component of one of his organization’s core program focused areas which seeks to empower young people with skills necessary to enhance their marketability in the job market”. He further explained that the training was successful as they had many graduate participants who were ready to set things right.

Similarly, One of the Vice Presidents for the HR Association who led the facilitation for the first day’s training exercise, Mrs. Brenda Brewer Moore said, “this was the ALHRP’s way of giving back and preparing students and graduates for the job market”. She also emphasized that many times the HR Professionals come across applications from recent graduates or college students, they feel very bad at their poor use of grammar, structure and content. She hopes that those who participated in the workshop will utilize every information they had received from the work shop for a better future purpose.

Other members of the ALHRP who facilitated the various days of the workshop were Mr. Jonah Kotee, HR Director at PIH and currently the President of the ALHRP and Ms. Klade Neufville, HR Officer at LACC. They all contributed to the success of the event by imparting on the graduates as most of them expressed their gratitude to the organizers at the end of the training promising to utilize everything they had learnt during the course of the training.

Most graduates cry out for unemployment without a thorough examination of the cause. As a matter of fact, every graduate is expected to possess a quality skill for writing and speaking in order to get a dreamed job. CET and human resource professional (HR professional) decided to take the bull by the horn by exposing some of these facts and errors and also training graduates on employment skills in Liberia. One of the trainees said “It was really a worthwhile experience”.

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