Fidelis Uche Amahi, Chinyere Genevive Odimmega, Ngozi Lorretta Nwosu


The study was carried out to determine the strategies for mentoring the youth for effective entrepreneurship. Two research questions guided the study and two null hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance. A descriptive survey research design was adopted for the study. The population consisted of 2319 small and medium scale enterprise managers and a sample size of 232 was taken. A structured questionnaire was used for data collection. The instrument was validated by three experts. The reliability of the instrument was ensured using test re-test technique. Data collected were analyzed using Pearson Product Moment Correlation Co-efficient formula which yielded a reliability co-efficient
of 0.82. Data related to the research questions were analyzed using mean and standard deviation while the z-test analysis was used to test the null hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. Findings arising from the study revealed that managers’ use of role modelling and reflective practice mentoring strategies
enhanced the youth skills in the development of business plans and strategies, improved performance and productivity; improved knowledge and skills and improved creativity and innovation in business experience. It was recommended among others that these aspects of learning be incorporated in all levels of education in Nigeria so as to change the mindset of people from engaging in white-collar-job as a major source of good income.

KEYWORDS: Mentoring, entrepreneurship, small and medium scale enterprises.

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