Business & Finance

Lagos to empower graduates with technology skills

The Lagos State Government is set to empower graduates with cutting-edge technology skills that will give them a better advantage with employers of labour through the Oracle Development Training Program.

State Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Pharmacist Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf gave the indication at a stakeholder's meeting in Lagos southwest Nigeria.

The Commissioner said that more than 100 graduates had applied for the programme but 50 were picked for the pilot scheme that would commence in the first week of November, 2018.

Intensive training

She stressed that the selected candidates would be going through three-week intensive and rigorous training on Oracle workforce development programme which was part of the curriculum from Oracle University that provides industry-certified training for graduates.

While noting that the target of the Ministry is to ensure that 95 per cent of the participants were gainfully employed by different organisations after the successful completion of the training, the Commissioner declared that some beneficiaries of previous employability skill-training programmes organised by the Ministry have been employed.

Akinbile-Yussuf, therefore, called on the private sector to send whatever their skill requirements for graduates are, saying the Ministry was ready to partner and tailor her employability training programmes to meet the needs sent in by the different organisations.

Employability skills

The strategic initiatives Manager of Oracle in Sub Saharan Africa, Mr. Adepegba Oduntan informed the gathering that the training was borne out of the desire to equip graduates with the right employability skills currently needed in the labour market.

He said his organisation is set to train graduates in line with the needs of employers, stressing: This training will fill the skills deficit gap in Nigeria. We are training the graduates on the Oracle Database cloud up to certification level. In addition, the training will make the participants more valuable to employers of labour.

On her part, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs. Ganiat Abidemi Raji implored the participants to maximise the opportunity provided by the training programme to secure a brighter future for themselves in the technology industry.

Source: Voice of Nigeria