STRATEGIC PARTNER AWARD

The Executive Secretary Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board ( LASTVEB ) during the presentation of STRATEGIC PARTNER AWARD by Nigerian Institute of Training and Development NITAD at Agura Hotel Abuja on Wednesday 11th July,2018.

THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF LASTVEB MRS. OMOLARA EROGBOGBO DURING THE INTERACTIVE SESSION WITH THE MEDIA ON ADVOCACY FOR TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN LAGOS STATE ON THURSDAY

A SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF LASTVEB MRS. OMOLARA EROGBOGBO DURING THE INTERACTIVE SESSION WITH THE MEDIA ON ADVOCACY FOR TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN LAGOS STATE ON THURSDAY 7TH OF JUNE, 2018

 

PROTOCOL

The economic progress of the nation greatly depends solely on its industrialization. Lagos State is no doubt economic hub of the country gradually transiting into a Smart City. Achieving this vision is the provision of high quality technical skill to Nigerian youth in diverse areas of Lagos State economy. Lagos State is therefore, placed in the front burner to provide the much needed competent and skilled youths.

Embracing technical and vocational skills acquisition by young people of Lagos will address the skill gap in the economy as well as provide means for young people to be self-relevant.

Embracing technical and vocational skills acquisition by young people of Lagos will address the skill gap in the economy as well as provide means for young people to be self-relevant.

The training offered through LASTVEB has ensured adequate skills training, empowering of young people, preparing them for the world of work, providing job opportunities and keeping the youth of Lagos off-the-streets.

GENTLEMEN OF THE PRESS

This is yet another opportunity for this Government to demonstrate its renewed commitment to further revamp Technical and Vocational Education in the State. We have chosen to champion Technical and Vocational Education as it focuses specifically on providing job-related skills for students whilst also preparing them to be positioned to develop new enterprises.

Also, the Government is proposing additional Technical Colleges in the State.

In this wise, there is need to put in an effective machinery to propagate and promote the vision and aspiration of the Government and His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode through effective Public relations that includes sensitization of the citizenry. Let me emphasize that Technical Education is not for push-over or drop-out,  apart from the technical Skills, the students are also required to learn Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English and Mathematics as a prerequisite for NABTEB final examination.

I call on parents/guardians and secondary school leavers to embrace Technical Education which is free to learn thereby allowing them to learn a trade and get skilled up for the future because Technical Education is the bed rock of any developing Economy like Lagos and Nigeria at large.

After going through Technical Colleges, the student s can go to University or become Entrepreneur.

Thank you and God bless.

 

 

Itesiwaju Eko Lo je Wa Logun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMBODE APPROVES MORE TECHNICAL COLLEGES TO TACKLE YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the immediate establishment of additional three Technical Colleges for the State, increasing the number of Technical and Vocational Colleges from five to eight.
This was disclosed today by the Deputy Governor of the State, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule at the Year 2016 and 2017 graduation ceremony of the five Technical Colleges held at Agidingbi, Ikeja.

The Deputy Governor stated that the proposed new Technical Colleges, which would be sited at Alimosho, Ibeju and Badagry, would further help to train the youths and unemployed graduates in acquiring new skills and opportunities to help them create jobs and be self-reliant.

Adebule, who noted that technical and vocational skills are crucial to achieving self-reliance and sustainable economic growth under the present economic recession, informed that the State government has invested heavily in the development of technical and vocational education in recognition of the role technical and vocational education plays in the provision of quality services and development.

“The fact remains that the best way by which we can help create employment opportunities, stimulate economic growth in our State and Nation and alleviate poverty is to equip our youths with skills by which they can use in creating jobs for themselves and become self-reliant”, she averred.

While congratulating the 1, 324 graduating students from the five technical colleges, Adebule urged them to justify government’s huge investment by maximizing the training they received to impact on good service delivery and economic fortune of the State.

The Deputy Governor, while justifying the reason for focusing on technical and vocational education as a strategy for economic growth, maintained that reliable findings indicated that Lagos State has the nation’s highest population of people less than 25 years of age at present, adding that by 2025, Lagos will be home to around 20% of the nation’s population aged 24 and below.

She explained further that the implication of the findings is that government must be ready to create jobs every year for the next two decades to prevent social unrest and youth restiveness.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Executive Secretary, Technical and Vocational Education Board, Mrs. Omolara Erogbogbo charged the new graduands to maximize the full advantage of technology in their various areas of specializations to render quality services to the people and create wealth.

Erogbogbo stated that the realisation of the importance of technical education to economic recovery made the State government invest heavily in the area, urging the graduating students to use their acquired knowledge and skills to bring positive changes to the economy of the State and the Nation.
The event was well attended by top government functionaries, parents and relatives of the graduands and members of the academic community.

Boss Canvasses Technical Education for Youths

The Executive Secretary Presenting Her Opening Speech Durin The Ceremony

The Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board(LASTVEB), Mrs. Omolara Erogbogbo has stressed the need for parents to encourage their children to learn skills through technical education, so that it can earn them a decent living.

Erogbogbo who made this known, recently, during a media chat on advocacy for the board, enumerated the efforts of the state government in revitalising Technical and Vocational Educational , adding that students who go through its technical colleges are exposed to the industry practicals, tools and equipment.
According to her, “A lot is being done with the industries because it will bring about exposure and enlightenment for the students which will at the long run drive the economy. Capacity building will go along way in improving the system.”

She emphasised on its five technical colleges which activities the board monitors, regulates and supervises, adding that the government is making effort to build more in some parts of the state.
Erogbogbo expressed concern that the country depends more on expatriates for its construction industries saying, “we don’t want to contribute to the economy of foreign countries but to the development of our state. Technical and Vocational Education(TVE) is very important and critical for our economy. We must have passion for it and be focused.”

Since she came on board last year, she said the board saw the need to employ more instructors in its technical colleges so as to further improve teaching and learning, adding that the government has promised its readiness to improve on the structure and facilities.

“Technical colleges are regarded as the principal vocational institution in Lagos state because they are supposed to give full technical training intended to prepare the students for entry into various occupations at the craft level and at the same time prepare them well enough for admission into the tertiary institutions in various engineering, construction and business fields, ” the executive secretary stressed.
She emphasised on its partnership with various organisations noting that the board has gotten support from the states EKO secondary education project with the creation of centres of excellence in three technical colleges, partnership with NECA-ITF, global partnership with Dangote industries, Slot System Limited, Auto-Medics, Lonadek, among others.

Other supports Erogbogbo added included; capacity development programmes for practicing artisans in collaboration with the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment as well as Housing; Lagos State graduate vocational employability skills training programme and Enterprise day.

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V.P. of the Collegese During-the 4th Enterprise Day

TVET: REVOLUTION IN LAGOS STATE

The introduction of Technical & Vocational Education Training was first initiated by the Missionaries. Unfortunately, this did not fit into the prevailing liberal curriculum as the products of such schools had slim chances of securing White-collar jobs. As a result, both students and parents then and now viewed Technical & Vocational Education Training as educational arrangement for low-achievers who could not succeed in purely academic secondary school, but prepared for Blue-collar career in a society where upward mobility depended on purely academic career, a perception that almost smothered TVET nation-wide.

There are other problems be-deviling TVET in Nigeria such as dilapidated infrastructure, obsolete equipments and work tools, inadequate qualified teachers and instructors to meet with current industry skills, introduction of subjects with overloaded curriculum, lack of proper funding by some governors, lack of sensitization of TVET in Nigeria, inadequate number of Technical Colleges, lack of entrepreneurial programme, poor motivation of teachers. This trend in no small measure frustrated the enrolment of candidates into TVET; consequently, our society lacks skilled technicians: bricklayers, carpenters, painters, auto-mechanics e.t.c which has affected every facet of the economy even in Lagos State.

TVET cannot be overemphasized because this is the engine for Economic growth. Progressive economic growth is not just in a nation that buys and sells but it also encompasses the actual production of these goods to be sold. These goods cannot be produced without skilled technicians.

GENESIS OF THE REVOLUTION

              This dearth of skilled Technicians spurred the Lagos State Government into initiating the Revolution in TVET taking place in the state. He has invested massively in education and skill training taking place as no nation can compete effectively in emerging global market place with poorly educated and unskilled workers.

In order to correct the wrong perception by the society, there was an Advocacy Programme jeered towards the sensitization of stakeholders on the re- engineering of TVET and the need to embrace its Revolution.

              The Executive Governor, His Excellency, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola  (SAN) who is interested in the welfare of his citizens established Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) on 3rd May,2010, the bill was signed into Law on 13th, July 2009.The objectives of the Board are;

  1. Stimulate and encourage Vocational and Technical Education not only as a basis for creating early technological awareness, but also to provide suitable orientation for further learning, entrepreneurship and employment.
  2. Responsibility for the efficient management and the establishment of Technical and Vocation at the post primary school level.
  3. Ensure and collaborate with a wide range of partners and stakeholder to attract additional resources, information and investment so as to improve the quality of TVET in the state.

The Board is saddled with the responsibility of overseeing Five Technical Colleges in the State and other Vocational centers spread over all the Local Government areas.

ON YOUTH RESTIVENESS

This present administration in the state is focused and determined to reposition TVET as a tool for addressing youth restiveness and equipping them with skills for self-employment. This effort is evident and visible various infrastructural developments in the five Government Technical Colleges as well as recruitment of highly qualified technical teachers/instructors to strengthen curriculum delivery.

LASTVEB is also promoting TVET as a desirable alternative to /combination with university/Polytechnic education and a new alternative for the large number of JAMB casualties by Training them in different vocational trades.

This Revolution in TVET cannot be complete without referring to the Lagos State School leavers Modern Apprenticeship Training Programme (SL-MATP) and the Graduate Vocational Employability Skill Training Programme (GV-ESTP) officially Launched on 17th April, 2012.This programme is aimed at addressing the high level of youth unemployment and its accompanying youth Restiveness. It is to ensure adequate skills training, empowering the people, prepare them for the world-of-work, provide job opportunities and keep the youths off the streets. This Lagos State Government unique initiative is a vehicle for providing technical and Vocational training to the Larger number of School leavers and Graduates towards producing self-reliant, competent and skilled Lagos youths, Knowledgeable and passionate about skills trades and dedicated to becoming self-employed/ and successful entrepreneurs.

PUBLIC-PRIVATE/GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP

As part of REVOLUTIONILIZING TVET through the SL-MATP and GV-ESTP, a 20-man INDUSTRY ADVISORY TEAM was inaugurated. Some of the responsibilities of the team include;

  1. To determine skills required and the level of competencies in the relevant areas.
  2. To facilitate cooperation and support of the scheme by organized private sector.
  • To decide current and future training needs and develop guidelines for the training programme.
  1. To assist with updating standards and to maintain quality of training.
  2. To provide guidelines on industry standards and training.

Their involvements in all these are very important because they are the off-takers of the trained personnel/graduates.

LASTVEB, in pursuance of its mandate on prescription of standard skills to the industrial and labor workforce in Lagos State has entered partnership with many industries, commercial stakeholders in TVE, some of them are: MTN, SAMSUNG, NIGERDOCK Plc, HIGHBURY COLLEGE UK. Etc.

EMPOWERING THE YOUTHS

Skills gap to drive the Lagos Vision has been identified by several studies critical, especially in Engineering, Road construction, Transportation, Power and Water Supply, Housing, Environment/ Physical Planning as the Global environment is changing rapidly. Lagos state as the social-economic hub of Nigeria and the ECOWAS sub-region has always blazed the trail in the provision of this enabling environment for trade to thrive. This is further supported by the envisioning of Development Agenda to transform Lagos State into Model Africa Mega-City.

In achieving this in Lagos State through the MATP, graduates have being admitted into the programme in order to have a large pool of Artisans/Craftsmen to support the Lagos Vision and its respective targets and are in three phases. This laudable initiative by LASTVEB will benefit the society, the economy and the social benefits will be far reaching.

  1. Employability, Enterprise Skills & Mindset Re-Orientation Training: Given the mandate re-orientating, impacting  these  youth with a different mindset  from the room so as to make them high-value producing individual with the vision and drive to make a difference in society as a whole .Through the LASTVEB Employability and Enterprise programme (LASTVEB EEP), spanning a three –week period, Employability, Enterprise Skills & Mindset Re-Orientation Training deploys soft skills training and entrepreneurial skill  development  in fulfilling this  mandate towards the attainment of the overall goal. It is designed to achieve the following.
  2. Develop the entrepreneurial capacity of youth through classroom and hands-on training on business start- up and growth.
  3. Develop and transform the mental capabilities of the trainees by educating and preparing them for the challenges ahead of them in the world of work and business.
  4. Increase the population of self aware, assertive and confident young people.

Employability and Mind Set Training Programme employs existing best practice in transferring knowledge to and assessing trainees. All learning activities on the program are expertly executed and customized to suit Nigeria cultural and Industry context.

  1. Over 200 trainees has gone through Employability and Mind Set Training Programme
  2. Vocational training, taking place in our five Government Technical Colleges.
  3. Entrepreneurship (start your own business.)

THE JOURNEY SO-FAR

As part of the post launch activities, LASTVEB through MATP have accomplished the following;

  1. Adverts for admission of school leavers and Graduates into SL-MATP and GV-ESTP were placed in National Dailies.
  2. Impactful post launch media splash was achieved, featuring write-ups in six reputable newspapers. (The Guardian, This Day, Daily Sun, the independent, Punch and The Nation) which also kept the programme on the minds of industry stakeholders.
  3. Several industries and industry groups who showed genuine interest to be part of the programme are already working.
  4. Most sector Skill industry Groups worked tirelessly to produce the curriculum.

More than 2,000 candidates showed interest by registering online through LASTVEB website.

Many batches of the trainees have gone through the Employability and Mind Set Training Programme, and some have graduated from the vocational training programme. The trainees are from different trades;

 

  • Block Laying
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical Installation
  • Welding & Fabrication
  • Carpentry
  • AUTO- MECHANICS
  • Clothing & Dress Making
  • Landscaping &Floristry
  • Interior Design.
  • Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning
  • Cosmetology
  • Medical Instrumentation
  • Industrial Instrumentation
  • Heavy Duty Diesel Engine Repairs and Maintenance Services

As part of our success story, LASTVEB in conjunction with MCS Consulting unveiled another revolutionary initiative tagged “SKILL-UP”, a City and Guilds Industry- backed Technical Skills competency Training and Examinations project focused on developing practical skills (for immediate absorption by the industry) over and above certificates. According to BRF’ comments, “Technical Education should not be seen as inferior to Secondary Education our youths should be equipped with Technical and Vocational skills that are marketable.” The major objectives of SKILL-UP projects are;

  1. To strategically intervene and revive Technical & Vocational Education by upgrading the quality, course content and infrastructure available to learners thereby attracting and raising a new breed of workforce and correcting the poor public perception of Technical Skills acquisition.
  2. To support regional and national development targets by providing a huge pool of well trained and competent workforce for the labor market, stimulating entrepreneurship and wealth creation, thereby reducing unemployment.
  3. To directly impart over the next 10 years almost every sector of the economy long term beginning with Construction/Housing thereafter oil and gas, power, manufacturing etc. by producing an industry-ready workforce. This we believed would significantly reduce the amount lost to capital flight through the excessive importation of skilled labor despite our large population.

REJUVENATION OF OUR GOVERNMENT TECHNICAL COLLEGES

The revolution of TVET has brought about tremendous revival to all the five Technical Colleges in the state. Apart from the advocacy programme that was initiated to create awareness of the existence of the five Technical Colleges, the infrastructure, academic standard and performance have also improved. ICT Laboratories were constructed for the training of teachers and students in data management and internet. These schools libraries were also upgraded to include reading carrels, supply of books, shelves and air-conditioners to the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) standard and requirements. Power is critical in the training of skills in our colleges, Five (5)  generating sets were procured and installed to aid practical lessons.

MTN foundation (MTNF) has complimented the efforts of the State Government to improve productivity of the workforce by flagging-off the MTN Youth Skills Development Project (MTNF-YSDP) as part of its corporate social responsibilities initiatives to improve the Technical Skills of Nigerian Youth towards social development and self-reliance. They have invested in infrastructure development, capacity building and supply of relevant equipment and furniture to boost learning in the GTCs Lagos State.

LASTVEB in collaboration with Niger dock has trained some of its staff-members in Welding and Fabrication. The Board succeeded in training 270 practicing members of Lagos State Plumbing contractors association for competences in Plumbing and Pipe fitting practice. Another 2000 Artisans benefitted from this initiative to up-skill practicing Artisans. A 100 teachers and instructors have been trained in entrepreneurship, 20 master trainers were selected and retrained in handling the Entrepreneurship training programme in the Technical Colleges.

SAMSUNG Nig. Ltd in partnership with Lagos Eko Secondary Education project and in conjunction with LASTVEB established SAMSUNG Electronics Engineering Academy in Training craftsmen and advanced technicians on all Samsung Electronics Products, offer technical classes for senior Secondary School students from neighboring schools, placement of trainees on internship and full-time employment. About 400 of students in Electronics, Air-conditioning and Instrumentation have benefitting from this partnership.

LASTVEB has been able to establish five production centers, business clinics in each of the Technical Colleges to create competitive business environment and enhance quality of graduates from our colleges. These centers are handled by the training and retraining of Master trainers in Entrepreneurship Development. These centers diagnose business problems for the students, organize seminars, trainings, workshops, motivate and encourage all intending students’ entrepreneurs. They also assist Students/trainees in the preparation of business plans, linking them up with micro-finance Banks and encouraging young business owners to develop the habit of proper records keeping. The board is in partnership with Auto medics Nig Ltd on capacity building for Lagos State Artisans and has trained over 759 practicing Auto-mechanics in modern Auto-diagnosis.

With these revolutions in TVET, statistics have shown that between 2009 and 2013, there has been an increase in the number of students intake. Over a hundred percent of students enroll for the various trades offered by the  Technical Colleges.

LASTVEB is now introducing Technical and Vocational Education Framework/Pathway into the Scheme of work to increase awareness and Vocational relevance of primary and junior secondary education.

The partnership of Julius Berger Nig. Plc and the Lagos State Government through LASTVEB is transforming GTC Odomola-Epe into a world class Technical college in Construction trades, with the provision of all necessary training facilities, laboratories and workshops.  The partnership is aimed at improving the quality of Education and infrastructure available to the student and adding value to the curriculum towards an international certificate. To also create a platform for training crop of new artisans and retraining the existing practical professionals to aid their effective contribution to meet industry needs.

Currently, Julius Berger construction works are ongoing at GTC-Odomola-Epe. It has also afforded Julius Berger Nig. Plc. the opportunity of sourcing its core well trained, competence and skilled  youth’s workers in construction trades from the GTC

The Board is in collaboration with ITF-NECA in Technical Skill Development Project (TSDP) for plumbing, Tiling and Carpentry (Building- related). They are providing counterpart funding taking the form of new Structure for equipment and tools. They have also initiated Business Start Grant for the best 4-5 business plan to promote entrepreneurship and job creation among youths which will be funded by the state Government. ITF-NECA TSD project will train instructors through study visits and work-based curriculum planning programmes linking graduates to employment opportunities in the NECA- member companies. They are encouraged to constitute a cooperative or a Small Medium Enterprise (SME). This initiative is to discourage one-man entity, encouraging company.

NECA will also look into the structure by monitoring all trainers, trainees and employers every step of the programme. The focus is on producing young graduates who are highly skilled. The will also support in the area of setting up construction/building related enterprises as a way of creating employment and stemming youth restiveness.

 

 

Firm signs MoU with LASTVEB on youth empowerment, local content

Manufacturers of Unity Girl Dolls, Nigeria’s leading first theme dolls that uniquely project the continent’s cultural heritage, have signed a memorandum of understanding with Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB). The partnership is intended to empower apprentices of the board with sustainable source of livelihood immediately after graduation by making them gainfully engaged.

Also, under the ‘Graduate Apprenticeship Programme’ in dressmaking, the graduates have been hired to make 40,000 pieces of unity doll dresses for the entire project in batches of 5000. Under the contract, expected to be executed within four months, 40 per cent of mobilisation fee has been released while 60 per cent cost of the project would be paid upon completion of each batch of 5000 units.

At the signing of the MoU, Executive Secretary of the board, Mr. Olawunmi Jasper, called on other corporations and multi-nationals to emulate Unity Dolls by using direct skilled labour in order to grow the local economy. Jasper noted that the only way out of the country’s economic woes is for government not to only create the ideal environment for artisans in the real sector to thrive, but also for manufacturers to employ indigenous but skilled labour.

Jasper pointed out that expatriates in the engineering, construction, home services sector were enjoying all the opportunities at the detriment of Nigerian artisans. He, however, thanked the Chief Executive Officer of Auldon Nigeria limited, Mr. Paul Orajiaka, for the confidence reposed in the nation’s real sector, particularly for believing in the graduates of the institution and contracting a project of that magnitude to them.

He assured Orajiaka that the graduate trainees would do an excellent work in the dressmaking contract comparable to any standard in the world.

Orajiaka was agreement with LASTVEB Boss, stating that the continued patronage of local products, skills and service was the right way to go in strengthening the nation’s local economy and its currency. He also assured the institution that the contract would not be one-off project, as it would be continuously renewed, especially as unity dolls is a product in high demand, both locally and internationally.

He expressed joy that the contract will have a positive multiplier effect on the local economy, as other locally manufactured products will be purchased for the project, a cycle that will support many families, by putting food on their tables.

The dresses made by the graduate apprentices of LASTVEB for Unity Nigeria limited, will be delivered in batches, for Africa’s leading Doll brand, Unity dolls.

LAGOS TO ENGAGE GRADUATES OF TECHNICAL COLLEGES IN SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE MAINTENANCE

Lagos State Government has said that it would engage graduates of its technical colleges in a ‘Maintenance Gang’ initiative to be unveiled in August this year for maintenance and renovation works of public schools across the State.

The State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Idiat Adebule made this known today at the graduation ceremony of NECA-ITF Technical Skills Development Project for Students of Government Technical College, Ikorodu at NECA Auditorium, Alausa Ikeja.

The Deputy Governor said that aside from the opportunities available to graduates with Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, NECA, to render minor repair and maintenance services, government will further engage the 30 companies incorporated by the graduands and graduates of the other four technical colleges in the State.

According to her, the present administration in the State is determined to explore all available avenues to encourage the growth of young entrepreneurs and as such has decided to engage graduates of its colleges as against awarding renovation and maintenance works that could be handled by these sets of young entrepreneurs to contracting firms.

Dr. Adebule commended NECA -ITF for creating the platform for graduates of the state technical colleges to be competently skilled and for giving them adequate entrepreneurial trainings that would make them actualise their dreams as entrepreneurs, while also enjoining the graduands to make the best of skills acquired by justifying the huge resources that have been invested in them.

The Deputy Governor also used the occasion to advocate more support from successful entrepreneurs and business moguls in bridging the large skills deficiency gap.

“I therefore call on people of goodwill, High Net Worth individuals, Non -governmental organisations to please partner with this administration in addressing the problems of youth unemployment, restiveness and mis-directed agitations.” she added.

Adebule promised that the state government will continue to work with the private sector in delivering a robust Technical and Vocational Education aimed at producing High Quality Technical skills for them and provision of excellent services to Lagos residents.

Also speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi Etti, urged the graduants to translate the knowledge acquired into reality by harnessing opportunities available to them in the competitive world of business.

The Commissioner also called on them as entrepreneurs and other skilled individuals across the State to access the 25billion Naira Empowerment Trust Fund created by the State Governor for young entrepreneurs to grow and sustain their businesses.

The Executive Secretary of Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) Engr. Olawunmi Gasper, while delivering a welcome address at the event said that the graduation ceremony symbolises a successful private and public partnership between the State Government, NECA and ITF.

According to him, “This is an example of sharing responsibilities between the public and the private sector for the vocational education and training sector. Government and the private sector are working together for the provision of qualified, competent and skilled youths in the three selected areas – carpentry, plumbing and bricklaying/tiling.”

The Executive Secretary said that the micro-enterprises will now be the new face of providing quality services in some residential estates in the State, stressing that innovative solution that can transform the economy remains indispensible considering the present situation of things across the country.

“For us in LASTVEB, we have targeted the youths by promoting youth-led businesses and the special graduation of today lends credence to this. By engaging the youths early enough in youth entrepreneurship, strong economic and business sense is being developed.” Engr. Gasper added.

The Director-General of NECA, Mr Olusegun Oshinowo described the graduands as individuals with ‘double edged sword’ who have been trained as skilled individuals as well as entrepreneurs.

He expressed optimism of a very bright future for the graduands, saying that the future of the country lies in skilled vocation and wealth creators.

Delta State Technical and Vocational Education Board pays courtesy visit to LASTVEB

In bid to understudy Technical Colleges and Vocational Centres in Nigeria, the Delta State Technical and Vocational Education Board, the Chairman, Mrs Clara Obanua, Executive Secretary, Comrade Michael Akpobire, first member, Engr Smart Ikem, SA Technical, Comrade Oke Ogbadu, Directors, Staff and Seefor focal man, Mr Enite Igere yesterday paid a scheduled courtesy visit to Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board. The team was received by the Executive Secretary of LASTVEB, Mrs Omolara Erogbogbo, she appreciated DSTVEB for familiarizing with LASTVEB at this pressing time of improving on Technical Colleges and vocational centres in Nigeria.
DSTVEB also paid visit to Government Technical College, Agidingbi, Lagos to get first hand information from the school

The visit is centered towards improving Delta State Technical Colleges and Vocational Centres, creating requisite skills to Deltans that will make them employable and employer of labour.

Lagos State Government to train 5,000 technical school students

The Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a training firm, Trantouch International under its Technical Students Entrepreneurial and Empowerment Conference (TECHSEEC) initiative to train 5,000 students of all technical schools across the state.

The training programme is designed to train students on GSM repairs, Graphics Design, Social Media Engagement and soft skills like Teamwork, Decision Making, Problem solving and effective communication skills.

Speaking at the signing of the MOU, the Acting Executive Secretary, Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board, Engr. Laolu Oguntuyi said the training will specifically correct the poor perception people have on vocational training as a non-lucrative venture, stressing that students of technical colleges represent creative and innovative minds capable of bringing about needed technological changes to the society.

He added: “We have realised that soft and hard skills are actually needed to be financially independent. In actualising this, we need to tell the world that vocational training is not an inferior to academic training but a way of bridging the gap of job opportunities and turning things around.”

According to Engr. Oguntuyi, the training will specifically expose the students to the expectations of industries thereby bridging the gap between school curriculum and industries who are the final beneficiaries of the students’ skills.

The Convener and CEO of Trantouch International, , Mr John Collins, who is also a product of one of the technical colleges in State said that having travelled out of the country and seen how things are done in other developed climes, asserted that it is important to invest experience and knowledge into students of technical colleges in the state.

He said the platform will also be an avenue to motivate students as renowned technologists like Hasseb Hassan of Intek Solution, Nnamdi Ezeigbo, the CEO Slot Systems Limited, and many others would be part of those facilitating the training sessions.

“This platform will reward outstanding students in order to drive and motivate creativity. With this idea, we will be having students coming up with creative ideas and innovations that would be shown to the world.”

Mrs. Agbeyo Rhoda, a partner in the MOU and CEO, Rhoda Michaels Fashion Academy, said the situation of the country presently is disheartening considering the fact that the country has unimaginable numbers of creative youths who are yet to discover what they have got.

She encouraged all the students to be part of the initiative, saying: “If all can be part of this, it will in no doubt earnestly grow the economy of this country.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Abdullahi Nurudeen of BOSCH, affirmed that the training initiative is a great challenge geared towards improvement of vocational schools in the state. He called on the government to invest more on vocational training, particularly training the students with modern technologies.