In a bid to increase skill acquisition level and create employment in Nigeria, the Delegation of German Chamber of Commerce (CCI) Giessen-Friedberg in partnership with Ogun State Council of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (OGUNCCIMA) has graduated seventeen apprentices in Office Administration and Project Management under the Dual Vocational Training Programme (DVT) in Ogun State. The programme which was launched in Nigeria in 2012 is to improve vocational education within the Nigerian enterprises.
According to the DVT Desk Officer in Ogun State, Mr. John Sowunmi, the Dual Vocational education focuses on improvement of vocational education quality within Nigerian enterprises by a better combination of theory and practice with approach to contribution to employment among Nigerian youths and also reduce poverty. Dual vocational training is being recognized worldwide as a strategic approach towards developing highly skilled and competent workforce for industries.
Mr. Sowunmi said the training has four professions with comprehensive curriculum being developed according to the needs of the Nigerian industries. These professions include; Technical Facility Management, Industrial Mechanics, Industrial Electronics and Office Administration and Project Management.
The programme is based on thirty percent theory and seventy percent practice which is aimed at improving industrial skills and competence.
Sowunmi added that the programme is based on cooperation between Delegation of German Industry and Commerce, German Government and Chamber of Commerce. Each of the partnership have their specific roles in the success of the programme.
The role of Delegation of German Industry and Commerce is to mobilize short term experts from Germany for the training on a chosen profession, while they also provide large percentage of funds to run the programme.
The government on its part regulates and supports vocational education training by integrating trainees into formal education system, in this way; trainees feel a stronger sense of social participation and sustainable economic growth is secured.
Likewise, the organized private sector through the Chamber of Commerce mobilizes members to key into the programme, they also make available training facilities, as well as counterpart funding. It was in view of this that members of OGUNCCIMA led by the President, Chief (Mrs) Adesola Adebutu embarked on a study visit to Germany in September 2016 to assess the success recorded by the Germans on DVT.
Dual vocational training has numerous benefits to trainees, government and employers. Some of these benefits are to reduce unemployment, improve productivity as well as quality of services and products, strengthen formalization of economy by regulating in-company training and provide competent workforce.
One of the apprentice, Mr. Adedamola Ade-Onojobi described the programme as a good project that gives youth the opportunity to learn both theory and practical aspect of a profession. He said the programme will empower youths and increase level of productivity.
The graduation of seventeen apprentices in Office Administration and Project Management climaxed the one – year comprehensive apprenticeship-training programme under the Dual Vocational Training (DVT).
Speaking at the event, the President of Ogun State Council of Chambers, Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, Chief (Mrs.) Adesola Adebutu said the German Dual Vocational Training programme has provided opportunities for unemployed youths to learn and have adequate technical and vocational skills in other to get engaged, not minding the dwindling economic situation of the country.
While congratulating the graduates at the ceremony, she commended the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry for partnering with the State through the training programme.
She said the training was essential for the sustenance of economic development as it has combined both the theoretical and practical aspect of vocational and technical education.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun described skill acquisition through vocational training as a means of bridging the technological manpower needs of the nation’s industrial sector.
Governor Amosun who was represented by the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, implored the organized private sector to invest in industrial-based knowledge transfer to enhance competitiveness and sustainable manpower. According to him, the private sector stands to benefit more from the training, as it will increase youth employability and self-reliance.
The governor encouraged every private sector to support the vocational training by increasing the participants thereby reducing the state of unemployment in the country. He further requested the German Delegation to support the construction of more vocational schools in the State.
In her contributions, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Modupe Mujota, enjoined the youths to embrace vocational training wholeheartedly, saying that it would provide them great skills that will make them self-reliant.
Earlier in his remark, the Head of the German Delegation of Industry and Commerce in Nigeria, Dr. Marc Lucassen explained that the programme was aimed at strengthening bilateral relation between Nigeria and Germany as well as promote collaboration between public and private sector in the area of skill acquisition.
The NACCIMA First Deputy National President, Iyalode Alaba Lawson, while speaking at the event emphasized that technical education training should form a vital sector in the country’s educational institutions, she also clamored for the establishment of more technical colleges and training schools for the teeming youths for the benefits of unemployed youths and also help boost the country’s economy.
While commenting on the graduation ceremony, one of the graduates, Abdul-Kareem Sakiru said, “the training has opened doors of experience and added more value. I am a graduate with B.sc in English Language and today, I can handle issues on office administration and project management”.
Also speaking, Sulaimon Abeeb said, “Dual Vocational Training has opened our eyes to various opportunities which we did not discover until the intervention of the Germans. I believe the sky is the starting point”.
In his remark, the coordinator of the programme, Engr. Kehinde Awoyele said the training will fill the wide gap created by unqualified manpower in the Nigerian industries, stressing that sustainable work on the training will help the trained apprentices become trainers for the next batch of apprentices.
The German Short term expert, Mr. Karl Heinz Ketteler has visited Ogun State on a fact-finding mission, prelude to the commencement of Technical Facility Management training. Also, plan is underway for training in Industrial Electronics, which has been proposed to start in August 2017.