Graduates of technical colleges good for industries – LASTVEB Boss

The Executive Secretary of Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board, Engineer Olawunmi Gasper has said that the graduates of technical colleges in the state have what it takes to support the manpower needs of industries.
He said that all the various companies needed to do was to invest minimal resources in polishing products of the colleges to adapt them to specific workplace requirements.
Gasper, who disclosed this in an interview with The Point, also called on private industries to support technical education by investing in the technical colleges so as to make them reliable producers of competent skilled graduates.
Speaking on the curriculum being run by the parastatal, he said that the state’s technical board was different from others, as it runs an industry-tailored curriculum.
He said, “The industries lodged a complaint that the national curriculum is faulty and that our students are not fit for purpose. So, we had a meeting with them and drew out the curriculum that will benefit both the students and the industries.”
According to him, the technical industries need not spend excess money to invite foreigners to do the jobs products of the state’s colleges could handle.
Gasper called on private industries for support, urging them to invest in the technical colleges so as to make them reliable producers of competent skilled graduates.
“We don’t see why industries will go, spend hard earned foreign exchange and bring in people. Our graduates might not be one hundred per cent fit for purpose but, you can take them and spend little money to polish’ them.
“We actually believe that we should lead by example. If we are saying we want to produce competent and skilled graduates from our technical colleges, we must act by building their confidence,” he said.
Gasper also said that a review of the curriculum, as proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari some months ago, could be a solution to the challenges with technical education

Unity Dolls partners with LASTVEB to Promote Culture & Spur Youth Employment

As part of efforts to deepen local content as well as empower Nigerian youth, Unity Dolls has signed an MOU with the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) to support the novel course.

In 4th April, 2016, Auldon Toys started the Unity Girl doll project, a collection of 14-inch dolls, each representing Nigeria’s three largest tribes. The product is been created to deliver an empowering social message to girls around Nigeria and the world at large.

The partnership is intended to empower graduate apprentices of the board with sustainable source of livelihood immediately after graduation, by making them gainfully engaged.

Also the initiative, under the Graduate Apprenticeship Programme in dress making, the graduates have been hired to make 40,000 pieces of unity doll dresses for the entire project in batches of 5,000.

LASTVEB Rewards Outstanding Staff, College Teachers

Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) recently rewarded some of its staff, teachers and non-teaching staff of technical schools in the state for their diligence, dedication and hard work.

The board also presented award to the most outstanding college, principal and vice-principals of various colleges; they received plaques and certificates.

Speaking at the 2015 staff merit award ceremony, the Executive Secretary of the board, Mr. OlawumiGasper, thanked all the key stakeholders in the technical colleges for their efforts, saying that they are worthy of it.

“It is not just the papers that matter but the efforts they have been able to put into it,” he said and urged them to do more on Technical and Vocational Education (TVE).

Some of the awardees thanked the board, saying that the award will motivate them to work harder.
One of the outstanding teachers/instructor at Government Technical College (GTC) Odomola, Epe, Mr. Benjamin Oke, described the award as a motivating factor and recognition. “In any association or society or establishment that one belongs to, you should be able to contribute to it and I believe that what they have noticed about us is what made them to recognise us.”

He promised to put in more efforts in appreciation of the board’s efforts. “The joy of any engineer is to see that its products are acceptable in the society. As we are going to our respective schools, we are going to work on our students and produce better students for the industry.”

The Principal of Government College Technical,Agidingbi, Mrs. Belinda Odeh, who received the most outstanding principal award, said though it is not her first award, the previous ones she receivedencouraged her to put in more effort in her work.

“This is not my first award; it takes double effort to remain up there. So if you get an award, I believe it is reward for more work. You will want to do more to be able to move further, you can’t just be stagnant,” she said, adding that she sees her college as a motivation.

Odeh, who responded on behalf of the awardees, thanked the board for its efforts saying, “I appreciate what they have done because it cuts across all the colleges; non-teaching and teaching alike, so it is a way of encouraging us. When you work hard and you are rewarded that shows that you are recognised. We appreciate the gesture today because it will motivate others to work harder, some others may want to get this award.”

The Principal of GTC Ikotun, Mr. Samuel Daramola, whose college got the award for most outstanding, listed some of the qualities that made his school to stand out to include discipline and students’ academic performance. “The teachers and students are well disciplined, even in terms of extra-curricular activities; the college is not doing badly. We take part in JETs competition and the yearly project competition organised by the ministry of science and technology, students usual excel. It is what gave us the award.”

He said the award is the first from the board, saying, “people have been working and not encouraged. When teachers are encouraged, they put more efforts. The award will ginger the staff and students to excel.”

LASTVEB HONOURS STAFF FOR MERITOROUS SERVICE…ADVOCATES MORE INTEREST IN HUMAN AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

The Executive Secretary of Lagos State Technical and Vocational Board, LASTVEB, Engineer Olawunmi Gasper has advocated the need for increased human skills development as a sustainable way to wealth creation and eradication of poverty.

Engr. Gasper made this known at the award ceremony for LASTVEB Teachers, Instructors and Principals of technical colleges across the State who distinguished themselves in their various duty posts in the Year 2015.

“Discussions on skills development has taken centre stage of public discourse in recent time as stakeholders in the skilled sector have identified technical vocations as the most reliable path to follow, considering the present financial situation of the country and the rate of dependency on paid jobs,” he averred.

The Executive Secretary maintained that the high point of the recently concluded Wealth Creation Summit in the State, focused on the indispensability of skills acquisition and vocational education which further underscored the importance of the task being undertaken by LASTVEB.

“LASTVEB has received recognition from within and outside the country for its contributions to the development of human skills, all these are testimonials that we are doing it right and our impact is being felt,” he added.

Engr. Gasper urged the awardees not to relent in their dedication to duty but see the award as a challenge that would spur them to improve their commitment and dedication in their various duty posts.

The Most Outstanding Principal Awardee, Mrs. Odeh Oruonye Belinda who responded on behalf of other awardees challenged her colleagues in other technical colleges to prevail on other members of staff for better performance so that they could also receive similar recognition in future.

She described the entire screening process as fair, thorough and transparent, adding that everyone was given equal opportunity in the keenly contested evaluation process.

LASTVEB partners Transtouch to boost technical skills

In its quest to boost vocational skills among Nigerian youth, the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board, LASTVEB, and Transtouch International Limited have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, to train students, with Lagos technical college as pioneer. Speaking during the event held at LASTVEB corporate office, Ikeja, its acting Executive Secretary, Engr. Laolu Oguntuyi said: “The partnership with Transtouch will boost students technical skills in computer graphics and telephone repair” According to him, the collaboration is necessary to build a strong vocational education system that will drive Nigeria’s industrialisation process. He explained that Nigeria would need a pool of youths with necessary technical skills to get over the dearth in unemployment ravaging the teaming youth. Oguntuyi who maintained that many Nigerian graduates lack the required technical skills for employment, added that the partnership with the information technical firm will assist the interested trainees to acquire good human relations and skills to enhance productivity. Reacting to the collaboration, the Managing Director, Transtouch International Limited, Mr Collins Uwadia said: “Globally, no country ever grows without given adequate attention to vocational skills.” Uwadia who was the former graduate of LASTVEB said that with his wealth of experience he had acquired both nationally and internationally, he is determine to impact same to the Nigerian youth through strategic organised training. His words: “Transtouch major objective is to ignite passion for creativity and entrepreneurial exploit among technical students as we boost their confidence in technical and vocational education. “We will ensure that youth pursuit of technical skills in their chosen careers will distinguish them from others. We have started from Lagos, God helping us, we shall proceed to other states of this country.”