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Enugu SME to partner with icreate Africa for Youth Empowerment

With the current economic and technological growth cum the current challenge with employability. Skill-based job opportunities are expected to be increase more than 75%.

Small Medium Enterprise – SME Enugu Centre, has partnered with iCreate Africa for Youth development and empowerment.

Realising the significant need for a skilled workforce to boost employment and economic growth, the Enugu State government, through the Enugu SME Centre is partnering with iCreate Africa.

This is aimed at launching the Enugu Skill-Up Project— a technical and vocational skills training that will empower over 500 youths across the state.

The project will be executed through the iCreate skill-up platform, a unique feature on, designed to reform and modernise skills training through apprenticeships under experienced Master Craft Persons (MCPs).

The Enugu Skill-Up Project will focus on delivering, among other things:

  • Skilled training in welding
  • Carpentry
  • Tiling
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical installation
  • Drywall and painting
  • Solar inverter installation and maintenance
  • Wallpaper installation
  • Pop installation
  • Wall screeding
  • Concrete construction work.

Bright Jaja, chief executive officer of iCreate Africa, stated that the platform will match selected applicants with highly qualified MCPs to deploy competency-based training techniques during a three months-long apprenticeship.

Assigned MCPs will use a combination of theoretical and practical training approaches to train apprentices, helping them gain hands-on experience and adapt quickly to working environments.

The Special Adviser to the governor on SME Development & Head, Enugu SME Center, the state agency charged with job creation, capacity development, and access to capital for SMEs in Enugu State, Arinze Chilo-Offiah, intimated that the goal of Enugu State government is partnering with a competent organisation like iCreate Africa to create a mutually-beneficial ecosystem that positions and encourages MCPs to lead and provide industry-relevant training that will guarantee employment for interested youths.

After the training, each apprentice is assessed, on boarded on the Enugu Skillers platform, and matched with employers/clients within Enugu State and across the country.

This initiative has been driven via the flagship loan product of the agency— the Human Capital Development Loan (HCDL) Programme.

It is a zero-interest loan used solely for upskilling and training with access to jobs and entrepreneurial support provided upon completion to support loan repayment.

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