By Stanley Onyekwere
As part of measures to bridge the unemployment gap in the country, a group has embarked on technical and vocational skills competition aimed at promoting technical and vocational skills.
The group, under the aegis of iCreate Africa observed that until Nigerians celebrate those who are willing to learn a skill that is in demand, the battle to close the skills gap and solve the huge youth unemployment will not succeed.
Speaking to our correspondent, the Chief Executive Officer of iCreate Africa, Mr. Bright Jaja, said the group has embarked on a nationwide tour with the aim of promoting technical and vocational skills while upgrading the profile of skills professionals in the country.
Jaja revealed that a skills competition has been packaged to commemorate the United Nations World Youth Skills Day on July 15th. He added that the event is cheduled to take place on the 19th -20th of July in Enugu State, stressing that the event will also
“Expectations are high and plans are being made to make the event even more memorable than previous events. The team believes it can only get better.
“The young and skilled are already looking forward to participating in this “Olympics of Skills” as iCreate Africa’s annual technical and vocational skill competition.
“Promoting skills excellence, showcasing skills standards, demonstrating benchmarks of excellence in teaching/learning and creating interest for public sector agencies, private organizations and individuals to invest in skills development across the continent are what will be achieved from yet another historic event in the making”, he affirmed.
He therefore called on all hands to be on deck, adding that applications from candidates between the ages of 18 and 28 years who are practicing artisans or graduates from technical schools are already pouring in.
Our correspondent gathered that the skill trades that will be represented during the competition include graphics design, website design, cooking, carpentry, plumbing, and tiling.
Others include automobile mechanic, solar/electrical installations, garment making, make-up art, shoe and leather works, art and App development.
The winners will go home with cash prizes, equipment, endorsement deals, internship, job placement, training and mentoring that are already allocated and will be awarded at the end of the competition.