71 percent of Nigeria’s 182 million people are under 30 years of age (UN, 2015). Youth unemployment and underemployment are therefore major challenges, mainly due to an education system that does not give priority to vocational education. As a result, there is a mismatch between the skilled manpower required and the skilled manpower available.
The programme Skills Development for Youth Employment – SKYE, funded by the funded German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), partnered with Etiwa Tech to give returnee migrants the opportunity of being given top quality global standard training in Air Conditioning, Electrical, Solar Photovoltaic and Masonry (Block Laying and Plastering) as well as soft skills training to empower them to become self-sufficient contributing members of society.
Etiwa Tech is a quality standard vocational training organisation capable of providing quality vocational education and skills in a range of trade areas. Etiwa Tech’s facility is built to European standards and is fully equipped with the tools and equipment necessary to carry out proper training. Trainees will also be supported by Etiwa Tech to get job placements and/or assisted in setting up their own businesses.
This project works in collaboration with Migration for Development (PME) and other organisations working on migration to select the beneficiaries. Upon completion of the training, the beneficiaries will be certified by the German Chambers of Commerce (AHK). A total of 47 returnee migrants were successfully trained, 6 in Air Conditioning, 13 in Electrical, 9 in Masonry and 19 in Solar PV technology.
The entry level trainings received were very thorough and in-depth. The training sessions comprised of hands-on practical and theory in Etiwa Tech’s well-equipped facility. Tests and examinations were also done to assess knowledge and capability. The trainees went out to various work sites to gain exposure and hands-on field experience in their various trades. Beneficiaries were also sent to a partner organisation for soft skills training.
On successful completion of the training, some of the trainees have been exposed to work opportunities with daily and monthly wages.