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Samsung graduates 72 technicians, pledges to promote technical skills


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In line with the Federal Government’s vision of promoting entrepreneurship and youth employment, Samsung Engineering Academy (SEA), Lagos, has graduated 72 highly skilled technicians.

The 2016 class joins the 257 graduates who have passed through the academy over the last five years, and are expected to deepen the pool of well-trained technicians in the country.

Managing Director, Samsung West Africa, Changwook Lee, said the academy was established to create a pool of technically-skilled graduates who are either eligible for employment or are able to start their own businesses.

Lee, represented by the Head of Customer Service of the firm, Raymond Olatokun, said the new graduates are trained to become employees in repair centres, and assembly lines, as well as become independent entrepreneurs. Some of Samsung’s service partners also help employ these graduates.

“Samsung’s aim is to build successful partnerships in Nigeria to equip the youths with the technical skills needed to transform their lives and contribute to nation development. One of our goals is to positively impart the lives of those at the core of our society, which is the youth. Core to Samsung’s vision is to fast track the entry of Nigerian youths into the electronics job market. We shall continually equip them with the needed skills.”

The graduands were given customised toolboxes in line with their specialised trade area, to better equip them for the future as entrepreneurs or as part of a skilled workforce.

Executive Secretary, Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB), Mrs. Omolara Erogbogbo, noted that the academy has indeed equipped the youths to become highly skilled technicians in electronics engineering.

She said these skills will not only help them build a better future for themselves, but will also contribute to national economic growth.

Corporate Citizenship Manager of the firm, Judith Kelechi Osuji, disclosed that the academy was established to empower indigent Nigerians and positively impart communities.

The overall best student, Ozurumba Kelechi, said with the experience garnered at the academy, he is better equipped as a technician and university education will be a walkover.

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