Sterling Apprenticeship Program (SAP) for Nigerian Secondary School Leavers and Graduates

Deadline: Unspecified

The Sterling Apprenticeship Program (SAP) is intended to alter the labour market by luring, educating, and retaining the top professionals in the field. A parallel, market-relevant educational path, it is aimed at young graduates and competent secondary school graduates.

Only Nigerian secondary school graduates and leavers like you who meet the programme requirements are eligible for this apprenticeship programme.

Through a partnership between Sterling and Nexford University, the social impact initiative Grow with Sterling will enable Nigerian secondary school graduates to continue their study.

For the duration of their study with Nexford University, this group of learners will also have the unique chance to be fully engaged by Sterling under a “Work-Study” arrangement.


To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a Nigerian living in Nigeria
  • Have five credits including English and Mathematics at ‘O’ levels or its equivalent
  • Provide a strong guarantor from your parents or guardian
  • Not have a Bachelor’s degree and not be enrolled in any tertiary institution in Nigeria or abroad

Application Procedure:

Your application is a formal request to be considered for the Grow with Sterling Work-study scholarship. To apply, you will need to complete the application and provide:

  • A 150-word essay answering the question “why should you be considered for the Grow with Sterling Scholarship? (150 words maximum)
  • Secondary school certificate (WAEC, NECO, or GCE)
  • Government-issued ID or passport
  • Other relevant certificates

Selection Process

Within seven days after submitting your scholarship application, the team will contact you via email to let you know that you have been shortlisted.

The screening process for shortlisted applicants includes the following:

  • O level screening
  • Speed test
  • Interview
  • You would be required to submit the following documents including a parent’s valid means of ID, a sponsor’s valid means of ID, and a guarantor’s valid means of ID.

Oyin Olufayo

Oyin Olufayo is a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate. A recent graduate of The School of Politics, Policy, and Governance (SPPG) She is a Technical Writer, Political Writer, and a Content Writer. Her passion for sustainable development goals has been implemented by creating tangible solutions. She has featured in grassroots initiatives like TedX, World Literacy Foundation, Spur Nation Media, FRCN, Naija Law and etc. spreading the impact of Sustainable education, and also facilitated numerous events regarding SDGs.

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