The Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB), SLOT Systems Limited and GIZ, a German development agency, have trained youths on mobile phones and laptop repair.
According to the training facilitators, this was aimed at eradicating unemployment and poverty, while promoting self-reliance.
The training and skill acquisition programme, which ran for nine months, exposed youths to practical knowledge on computer hardware and mobile phones repair.
Speaking at the graduation in Lagos, Executive Secretary, LASTVEB, Moronke Azeez, stated that it was imperative to equip youths with 21st century skills to eradicate unemployment.
She said: “It is a three-way partnership with Ezeigbo SLOT Foundation founded by Nnamdi Ezeigbo, LASTVEB and GIZ to train unemployed youths on mobile phones and computer hardware repairs. We all have similar goals and we have all come together to train youths between 18 and 35 years.”
Azeez noted that 1,000 people applied, but they could only admit 100 and eventually this was reduced to 98 after the screening.
She said the training began last July, while in March, this year, the participants went for a three months internship in various SLOT companies across Lagos State.
She added that in June, they carried out an external certification through LASTVEB.
Ezeigbo stressed the need for young people to have vocational skills and become financially independent.
“We have been able to train over 2,500 young people. We are particular about employability and human capital development. We are in partnership with Lagos, Edo and Abia states,” he said.
He also said among the 2,500 people that have gone through the programme, about 60 per cent of them are gainfully employed while the rest are running their own businesses.
Head of programmes, GIZ, Tobias Wolfgang, said he was impressed that almost 100 people benefitted from the training.
Participants were given tools as starter packs. They were also awarded certificates by the organisers.
They noted that the programme had impacted them positively.