In a bid to tackle unemployment amongst Nigerian youths, the Business Entrepreneurship Skills and Technology (BEST) Centre of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry ACCI, in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ),has commenced the training of 1000 youth in Abuja within one year.
The program, tagged BEST1000 was launched on the 3rd of December in Abuja, with the aim empowering 1000 youths through training in various vocational skills and trades, under the GIZ Skills Development for Youth Employment (SKYE) program.
On Thursday 7th of February, 2019, the Centre marked the closing ceremony and job fair of the ICT Vocational Skills for 120 youths selected from Abuja and its environ. The participants embarked on 6 weeks training on System Administration, Graphic Design, Digital Marketing, Web Design, Web Application Development and Photography.
They are the first of the 1000 young men and women who will be undertaking a similar journey over the next 10 months in other trades and vocation with focus on agriculture and construction skills.
The closing ceremony held at the International Trade and convention Centre of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was well-attended. Senior government officials, captains of industries and other dignitaries present, commended BEST Centre and its partners for the successful completion of the first batch of the #BEST1000 program. They were highly impressed with both the individual and group projects showcased by the participants during the job fair.
Briefing reporters at the event, the President of ACCI, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, called on the trainees to be good ambassadors of the Centre,assuring that with the skills they have acquired they will be able to get jobs or even create jobs. He also said that the Centre has launched a freelance services platform for the trainees to market their skills to the public.
In a similar vein, the Provost of the Centre, Professor Adesoji Adesugba reiterated that the Centre is determined to add value to the youths by ensuring that the participants are gainfully employed the moment they finish learning.
Some of the participants interviewed, spoke glowingly about the training as they were better equipped to succeed in Nigeria’s evolving ICT landscape. They gave kudos to the organizers for not only giving them the training at no cost but for feeding and giving them stipend every day, for the whole duration of the training.
Victoria Akai, the Director of BEST Centre, disclosed of new plans to extend the training to other regions of the country through the Organised Private Sector (OPS).