Business School Netherlands offers employability skills training as CSR


Business School Netherlands Nigeria is set to break the mould in 2016 with its offering of an employability skills training programme as Corporate Social Responsibility offering to the Nigerian society. While business schools teach it, CSR in practice is not a common service of educational institutions who feel that education itself is a service to the community. 
The target for the innovative CSR offering are fresh graduates of the nation’s higher institutions. Research and lived experience show that many lack core skills in writing, time management, ICT, understanding of business and office procedures and other essential skills that could get them a foot in the door in the complex work places of today.
It comes under the Youth Leadership Academy, one of a tripod of CSR schemes Business School Netherlands purports to provide in 2016. 
Lere Baale, CEO, stated at a media briefing December 7, 2015, “You will agree with me that Corporate Social Responsibility has grown in importance worldwide. CSR is even more important in Nigeria, given the peculiar challenges of governance in our environment. Citizens are demanding more from the companies and institutions, operating in the country. 
Consequently, CSR is moving away from the tokenism of ‘give them something’ to genuine corporate social investment. BSN in collaboration with Howes Consulting Group has settled for pro-unemployed, pro-leaders initiatives, among other outreaches. We have concluded plans to unveil three actions as our way of giving-back.” 
Education at Business School Netherlands is based on the Action Learning paradigm. Through the paradigm, its MBA students apply their learning in various modules in the work place, writing cases in Human Resources Management, Operations Management, Marketing, Finance etc on their workplaces. It is applied learning. 
The Action Learning institution has proposed a tripod CRS initiative to kick off in the first quarter of 2016. They are Youth Leadership Academy, Leadership Legacy Awards, Support for CEOs on succession planning. 
The large number of unemployed graduates roaming the country will find solace in the Youth Leadership Academy. The scheme would involve training of fresh graduates in essential workplace skills to enhance their chances of both getting jobs as well as remaining employed. BSN Nigeria would collaborate with Howes Consulting in this scheme.  
The BSN CEO, a veteran of more than 30 years in the labour market working with multinational firm Pfizer Inc, is very passionate about the scheme and the functional illiteracy of many of today’s graduates. 
The second leg of the tripod called Leadership Legacy Awards is meant for persons who have excelled at various vocations.  The Award will identify and recognise distinguished leaders across various sectors who have demonstrated exemplary ethical leadership positively accelerating growth in social, economic and political sectors in Nigeria. 
The third one seeks to tackle a major societal challenge that has impacted negatively on Nigeria’s business sector. This is the fact of Nigerian businesses not making it beyond the lifespan of their founders.
Still in collaboration with the consulting firm, Howes, Business School Netherlands Nigeria would offer advisory and training on succession planning to CEOs and executives of indigenous firms. The goal is to try to contribute to the building of generational capacity and firms of long-standing in the Nigerian business landscape. 
BSNN announced the CSR initiatives as the icing on the cake of significant developments in the institution. These are the attainment of the mark of 1000-plus students enrolment as well as the introduction of a European Doctor of Business Administration degree.
Ten candidates from Nigeria, all senior executives of major firms, have enrolled for the research-focused DBA. 
Baale says the objective of the DBA for BSN in Nigeria is to secure participation by persons who are desirous of contributing to knolwledg production through research in business studies in the country. The programme targets business leaders who would draw on the Action Learning paradigm to research their institutions or others and provide rich perspectives and insights. “Nigeria must contribute to the pool of knowledge in business management and business studies through original research and thinking”, Baale submits optimistically. 
For busy managers, looking for a serious but flexible MBA or for a global villager, interested in real time challenges and would want to interact with managers from different countries, BSN ensures that this category of students would not only gain knowledge but also advance in their careers from the start. 
Rated Number one MBA-provider in the Netherlands by Dutch Publication Management Team, Business School Netherlands is registered as a Private Business School within the Dutch Educational System and has the University of Applied Sciences status without the aid of governmental funding. 
Through University status and by the Dutch Ministry of Education, BSN has been granted the authority to issue degrees. Remarkably, BSN is also a carrier of many international standard accreditations. They include, The global Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), The World Institutte for Action Learning (WIAL), The Accreditation Organization of The Netherlands and Flanders – (NVAO), The Accreditaion Body of Swizerland for Quality – EduQua, The Dutch Council for Training and Education – (NRTO) and The Independent Certification on Human Resource Improvement – CEDEO. 
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