The German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), SLOT Foundation and Botosoft Technologies said they have agreed to jointly train young Nigerians in cell phone repair and electronic gadget maintenance.
GIZ Technical Advisor, Mr. Oluwatosin Ilawole, during a visit to the facilities on Tuesday of Botosoft Technologies Ltd., Ikeja, said the project aims to engage the youth in abundance in economic activities that would bring them a sustainable income. .
He said the mobile gadget repair market was very large and had the potential to engage a large number of young Nigerians.
Ilawole said: “When we saw the potential of the mobile technology market for young people, we partnered with both the SLOT Foundation and the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB ).
“The partnership aims to look at how to pilot an innovative model like the version of the German dual-vocational system, where they have training in the classroom, practical and the third component which is a compulsory internship.
“The program started last year for a period of nine months and the face-to-face training took place at LASTVEB for three months. Then, the SLOT Foundation taught the trainees the practical side of mobile phone repairs and computer software among other things for six months,” said Ilawole.
He said that after training the beneficiaries, the agreement was to get them into organizations that were willing to give voluntary internships.
Ilawole said that one of the places where they got a voluntary internship for interns was at Botosoft Technologies Ltd.
He said apart from the internship which gave them more experience in fixing gadgets, they also got a permanent job at Botosoft.
Also speaking, Dr. Babatope Agbeyo, Chairman of Botosoft Technologies Ltd., said the project aims to take the unemployed youth off the streets and make them useful to society and also for these youth to have a sustainable income. .
Agbeyo said the goal of bringing beneficiaries into their business was for them to practice what they had learned in real life.
He said it was also to encourage them and make them understand that it was possible to find a job if they learned well.
He said Botosoft would be willing to retain 90% of trainees and enroll those considered outstanding in universities to gain advanced knowledge in the skill.
He noted that the company’s vision was to empower as many young people as possible, especially those who would be willing to learn.
Agbeyo stressed the need for more initiatives that would help reduce the number of unemployed youths in the country.
“If every company in Nigeria decides to employ five young people a year, the number of unemployed in the country will decrease.
“On our side, every year we employ around 100 young people for three months to work with us,” Agbeyo said.
He praised the German dual vocation system, noting that such a model was worth emulating.
The Head of Training at SLOT Foundation, Mr. Collins Uwadia, said that SLOT has partnered with GIZ, a German government agency carrying out many projects in Nigeria, to build the capacity of young people and also to give back to the community. society.
He said that the program was a complete training including: theory, practice and internship.
Uwadia said the training which includes: how to repair phones, laptops and electronics would give them the opportunity to learn practical skills and be useful to society.
NAN reports that GIZ is an international company owned by the German federal government operating in many fields in no less than 130 countries.
The SLOT Foundation is primarily designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs and promote Made in Nigeria products that would create jobs and promote local content.
Botosoft Technologies specializes in identity management, brand protection and document security services.