Lagos trains youth in ICT to promote economic growth and tackle unemployment

The state of Lagos, Nigeria launched an eleven-week study program to train 500 underemployed youth to become software developers and digital marketers. The course will provide participants with entrepreneurship training to enhance their self-reliance, business and ICT skills through hands-on-experience. It will be organized in partnership with Etisalat, Sterling Bank, Google, Andela, Microsoft and Audax Solutions.

The program is intended to target the lack of graduates with adequate ICT qualifications to match market demands and to promote the creation of employments among youth. According to Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, Commisioner for Wealth Creation and employment, the demand for ICT is surging and it is necessary to train vulnerable young people to enter this industry. As well he affirms that technology skills improve productivity, lower costs and support business growth.

Additionally, program partners organize independent events to support the knowledge building process. For example, Sterling Banks executer the “Meet the Executive” business plan competition, where N12 million were offered to those with the most viable business ideas to create their start-ups.

Additional Sources: The Nation Online