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OPL Academy graduates 156 technicians from Lagos State Technical Colleges

Team lead, OPL Academy Training, Chukwuemeka Okeke, has said that his institution has trained and graduated 156 technicians

Team lead, OPL Academy Training, Chukwuemeka Okeke, has said that his institution has trained and graduated 156 technicians from the various Government Technical Colleges in Lagos.

Okeke said this at the institution’s 2021 Technician Empowerment Programme ceremony held at the Onikan Youth Centre last Friday.

Organised in partnership with the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) and sponsored by the African Capital Alliance Foundation (ACAF), the event showcased the fresh graduates equipped with skills including, effective communication, emotional intelligence, leadership and ethics, critical thinking and problem solving, drug abuse among others.

According to the team lead, “OPL Academy trains, upskills and connects technicians to job opportunities. We focus on soft skills because we believe that while some artisans already have the requisite technical skills, they most times lack the soft skills that could contribute to their productivity.”

Speaking on the outcome of the event, Mrs. Oare Ehiemua-Ochui, CEO, OPL Academy, said the graduation/award ceremony is to celebrate the institution’s latest graduates across the five technical colleges in Lagos State, adding that the institution has trained more than 1,000 technicians since its inception to date. 

According to her, sponsors including, the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB), the African Capital Alliance Foundation (ACAF) and the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development (LMYSD) have been of tremendous help to the success of the academy.

The event witnessed top technicians comprising plumbers, electricians, masons, HVAC technicians, painters and carpenters receive different awards and prizes that included toolboxes that are related to their trade.

Executive Secretary, LASTVEB, Morounke Azeez, disclosed that the Lagos State government embraced technical and vocational education and that the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu is providing support to the various schools, especially as there is an increase in the number of vocational education trainees.

“Government on its part is doing its best to make the youths acquire technical and vocational skills and be employed. We have moved beyond dolling out the number of persons trained on papers, to showing how many have been trained and are employable. This is why all hands have to be on deck to ensure that our youths have the right skills that will either get them good jobs or empower them to job creators,” she said.

The ceremony culminated with a job fair to give the fresh graduates platform to connect with potential employers from the construction sector.