The Small Scale Enterprises (SSE) programme is one of the four core programme of the NDE designed to inculcate in the unemployed Nigerian graduates and other interested persons, the spirit of entrepreneurship, creativity and self-reliance with a view to assisting them set up their own businesses in order to create employment for themselves and other Nigerians.

The Department provides business training and facilitates the establishment of micro-businesses as a means of job generation and wealth creation.

The business training programme provided by the National Directorate of Employment under the SSE Department covers Entrepreneurship Development Programme Sensitization (EDP) which introduces NYSC members to the opportunities for self-employment and identification of business opportunities, as well as business start-up and improvement programmes for school leavers and retired persons. The Department further empowers graduates of business trainings with soft loans as “business start-up capitals”.

Schemes of the Small Scale Enterprises Department

The SSE Programme Department is implemented through the following schemes, viz:Entrepreneurship Development Programme Sensitization (EDP)

The programme is specifically for National Youth Service Corps members at the Orientation Camps. It is meant to sensitize them on available opportunities outside employment and how they could obtain assistance to setup their own businesses. Officers of the department are deployed to the orientation camps to sensitize and counsel corps members on how to articulate and write bankable feasibility reports.

Enterprise Creation Fund for Graduates

The scheme provides starter packs in cash or equipment to beneficiaries of the various training of the programme to practice their skills-entrepreneurially vocationally/technically.


  • Graduate Enterprise Attachment Scheme (GEAS)

The SSE Department designed the Graduate Enterprise Attachment Scheme (GEAS) to provide temporary employment opportunities for unemployed graduates of tertiary institutions. Under the scheme, participants are exposed to entrepreneurial skills while work cultures and attitudes are inculcated into them which would enhance their employability. For those that are interested in self-employment, it would give them the opportunity to acquire on-the-job training and increase their chances of success in their own businesses. The period of attachment is for six months during which participants are paid monthly stipends.

  • NDE-Enterprise and Finance Counseling Clinic (NDE-efcc)

This is mainly business training and finance counseling for unemployed graduates of tertiary institutions. It is to sensitize them on the realities on the current realities of the Nigerian labour market, train them on how to properly conceptualize their business ideas and bankable business ideas. Thereafter, they are linked to sources of start-up capital from micro-finance friendly institutions.

  • Preparation, Processing and Packaging Training Scheme (PPPTS)

The Preparation, Processing and Packaging Training Scheme involves the training of unemployed persons both graduates and non-graduates. The scheme is designed to equip them with the knowledge of preparation, processing and packaging of agricultural and non-agricultural products in line with international best practices. Under the scheme, beneficiaries are given practical training for two (2) weeks with identified enterprises known for specific product processing and packaging. The next stage involves training on theoretical aspect of the skills and business management training for six (6) days.

  •  Basic Business Training (BBT)

This is a programme where school leavers and artisans are given rudimentary business training. This is to prevent business failure by training participants to manage their enterprises effectively and efficiently.

  • Start-Your-Own-Business (SYOB)

Business training for graduates of tertiary institutions desiring to take up self-employment by becoming young entrepreneurs. The training is to equip participants with entrepreneurial skills that will enable them establish and manage their businesses effectively. It is mainly for unemployed graduates of tertiary Institution.

  • Women Employment Branch (WEB)

This involves the training of women and vulnerable persons in business skills to enable them establish specific skill-based enterprises within the shortest possible time

  • Arts and Craft Enterprise Training Scheme (ACETS)

The Scheme is to train and equip both graduates and non graduates with requisite skills to produce cultural arts and craft using modern methods and techniques while impacting business skills on them to enable them manage their businesses successfully.


In order to supplement programme as provided in the budget as well as extend outreach and network, the NDE collaborates with other partners to create employment. In this regard, the SSE Department collaborates with a number of both indigenous and international partners, thus:

  • NDE/Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC)
  • ILO/UNDP Model Common Facility Centres
  • Cards Technology Limited
  • NYSC/SAED (Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurial Development).
  • Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
  • NERFUND (National Economic Reconstruction Fund).
  • BOA (Bank of Agriculture).
  • NEXIM (Nigeria Export and Import Bank)