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 http://www.skillers.ng, 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
- 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.