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‘How skills set gaps in Nigeria are slowing economic growth’

By BAdeyemi Adepetun
24 December 2019   |   3:28 am
Countries’ economic strength has always depended on the quality of their workers. This is even more true today when capital and ideas easily can cross borders and flow to where highly skilled workers add the greatest value.

Countries’ economic strength has always depended on the quality of their workers. This is even more true today when capital and ideas easily can cross borders and flow to where highly skilled workers add the greatest value. According to experts, this presents both a threat and an opportunity. To them, capturing that opportunity is within reach, but only if there is a strategic alliance that will help to harness the benefits.
 
The Lead Consultant at Ventra Consult, Victor Femi-Fred, noted that the challenge of skills set gaps is huge in Nigeria, and has hindered some level of development. Speaking with journalists in Lagos, Femi-Fred noted that though the gaps persist, efforts must be channelled by the government and the private sector to tackle this menace.
 
According to him, in the various studies carried out by Ventra Consult, it was able to identify various skills set gaps, especially digital, among organisations and individuals.  As such, in bridging these gaps, he said the firm, in partnership with Credly, has decided to organise training and certification, where digital badge would be awarded on specific programmes.

 
Femi-Fred, who said Credly is a global digital credential provider, noted that Ventra Consult was able to identify various digital skills gap in businesses such as inadequate revenues, inconsistent activity levels, inaccurate sales projections, complex selling circles account management, emotional intelligence, time management, among others and have subsequently designed global certification programme to address the business challenges, and digital badge that is globally recognised will issued at every successful training programme and examination.
 
Doing this, he disclosed that Ventra Consult leverages strength of expertise from various sales and industry learning concepts and practical approach to ensuring success.“Ventra engages with organisations towards meeting their set objectives through customised designed learning and development programs. Our expertise is engineered to provide a return on investment (ROI) from learning and development programs investments. Our processes are tailored to meet individual and organisational set objectives with culminating testimonials.“We deliver our training program aligned with the desired goals, vision and objectives based on the scope of the requirements with a long term view,” Femi- Fred added.
 
The partnership was designed to transform knowledge, skills, and achievements into digital credentials that empower individuals to capture opportunities while organisations/establishments also measure their workforce impacts. Given further details on the initiative, Femi-Fred said: “A badge issued through Acclaim is a digital representation of a learning outcome, experience or competency. Based on the Open Badges Standard, Acclaim badges can be shared and verified online in a way that is easy and secure even in absentia of the holder of the badge authenticating its validity.
 
“Each badge contains detailed information that provides context around what exactly was achieved, which organisation certified the individual and the space of expertise of the holder.”
 
Speaking on the benefits of digital badge, Director, Faculty and Sales, Ventra Consult, Abdulrahman Adogie, said it could easily be managed, share and verify learning achievements across social media platforms, and that it globally grants holders of digital badge, a distinct identity based on their skill sets accomplishments.
 
Accordingly, he said this also grants people access to both local and international labour markets and enable them to see employers looking for their type of skillsets.“Globally, more than 70 percent badge earners confirm improved job opportunities, while globally, over 20 percent badge earners confirm receipts of job offers, while over 20 percent badge earners confirm job promotion on sharing their badges,” he stressed.Adogie said the opportunities transform knowledge, skills, and achievements into digital credentials that empower individuals to capture opportunities, while organisations/establishments also measure their workforce impacts.