LASTVEB, Trantouch sign MoU on professional training for technical students
To expose students of technical colleges to best practices and opportunities in the sector, the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with Trantouch Limited, on Technical Students Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Conference (TECHSEEC)
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Trantouch, and an alumnus of Government Technical College, Ikotun, Mr. Collins Uwadia, told newsmen shortly after the ceremony at LASTVEB Headquarters recently, that the partnership would see the firm organise intensive training sessions for students of the five technical colleges in Lagos State, next month.
The conference, which targets about 6,000 technical students, he said would bring participants in contact with seasoned experts, locally and internationally, who will expose them to global best practices, through hands-on experience.
He said, “This initiative was borne out of passion and my experience, having being privileged to work locally and internationally in the technical field. During the conference, three lucky students would win slots to get trained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), afterwards, about 1,000 final year students of the colleges would also get opportunity for three to six months training in graphic design, basic computing, business writing, GSM repairs, social media engagement, customer relationship management, to be provided by Slot Nigeria, Mydreamconnect, and Metrosoft Limited.”
Director, Technical and Vocational Education, Mr. Laolu Oguntuyi, in his remarks, underscored the all-encompassing role of the private sector in nation building, adding that the board needed private sector partnership, to boost the quality of training offered to students.
He said, “I am happy about this programme because it will correct the poor perception people hold about Technical and Vocational Education (TVE). We all know that there is inadequate linkage between the educational institutions and industry. This training would bridge that gap.”
On her part, the CEO of Rhoda Michael School of Fashion and chairperson of the organising committee for TECHSEEC, Mrs. Rhoda Agbeyo, highlighted the importance of TVE particularly now that skills gap is more pronounced among Nigerian graduates.
“This is what Nigeria needs right now. We have so many graduates in the country without skills. I am a graduate/masters degree holder, who is back to vocational studies. Now, I am a teacher of many students (at Rhoda Michael School of fashion) who are graduates from various institutions in the country,” she said.