GE, global digital industrial company, has announced a skill development partnership with Lagos State ministry of wealth creation and employment, and the state technical and vocation board to train students on advanced manufacturing.
Code named, the GE Garage Advanced Manufacturing programme, the partnership would involve an intensive one-week training for 20 final year students and five instructors from the five government technical colleges in the state to hone their skills in advanced manufacturing.
The selected technical colleges are located in Ikotun, Ikorodu, Agidingbi, Ado-Soba and Epe. The programme, which commences Monday, July 24 would take place at the LASTVEB HQ School Complex, Ikeja GRA.
To facilitate this, GE has set up a temporary scaled version of its garage at the venue. This comprises select equipment like 3D printers, CNC mills, among other equipment.
As a guide, greater emphasis will be placed on additive manufacturing, 3-D printing, CAD designing, rapid prototype development, basic subtractive manufacturing using CNC mills to demonstrate mould making and basic business knowledge.
Speaking on the development, Patricia Obozuwa, director, communications & public affairs, GE Africa, said the initiative was aimed at promoting advanced manufacturing and technology in the modern work environment by extending the GE Lagos Garage entrepreneurship programme through LASTVEB to its colleges.
In this vein, she said, a condensed version of the current GE Garage curriculum will expose the technical college students to latest developments in advanced manufacturing, taking into consideration the student’s vocational studies exposure and their area of specialization, to ensure proper focus and impact.
Obozuwa restated GE’s commitment to empowering people through technology, pointing out that this was the very reason behind the GE Garage initiative. “We are committed to supporting skills development in Nigeria, and across Africa. We see ourselves as partners in building a sustainable future for Africa, and we believe that partnerships such as this are necessary if we are to overcome Africa’s economic challenges,” she said.
On his part, Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, the Lagos State Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, commended GE Nigeria for their efforts in transferring such important skills to Lagosians. He said the collaborative initiative is in line with the ministry’s mission to promote and sustain entrepreneurship and employment through effective use of wealth creation strategies and resources by collaborating with all stakeholders.
According to him, the ministry was established in fulfilment of the promise of Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos State, to address the unemployment crisis in the state.
Also speaking, Omolara Erogbogbo, the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB), expressed the belief that programmes such as this will go a long way in bridging the unemployment gap as well as addressing skills deficit in the country.