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Firms boost skilled workforce in Nigeria

A vocational, technical and entrepreneurship training institute,  Field of Skills and Dream (FSD) VTE,  has partnered Daikin Middle...

A vocational, technical and entrepreneurship training institute,  Field of Skills and Dream (FSD) VTE,  has partnered Daikin Middle East and Africa FZE (Daikin), a manufacturer of air conditioning, heating, ventilation, and refrigeration solutions, to facilitate the training of technicians in the field of installation, troubleshooting, maintenance, and energy efficiency.

The vice president at Daikin Middle East and Africa (MEA), Tuna Gulenc, who spoke at the opening of a training centre in Lagos, enjoined young Nigerians to acquire requisite skills as a way of tackling rising unemployment in the country, stressing that skilled people are hardly unemployed.

While noting that unemployment is a challenge in most countries of the world, he said the training centre is part of Daikin’s localization strategy to build a community of skilled workforce and equip them with all the necessary education required to excel in their career and contribute to Africa’s climate efforts by promoting sustainable cooling solutions.

“Unemployment is a problem in every country. The best way to tackle unemployment is skills development. So, institutes like FSD are definitely going to contribute to the economy of the country by bringing more young people with the required skills to the labour market. The market needs skilled people and the institute is a bridge for that,” he noted.

He said the newly established centre is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and training equipment, allowing the technicians to gain hands-on experience with Daikin’s cutting-edge HVAC solutions.

The director at Field of Skills and Dream, Omowale Ogunrinde, who noted that the academy has over the years recorded a 100 per cent employment rate for its trainees, said Nigeria needs to rejig her educational system to ensure that required skills are provided for the industry.

She noted that the provision of modern and state-of-the-art HVAC training equipment by Daikin and upskilling the trainers at FSD, would help the institute to achieve its goal of producing more technicians equipped with the requisite skills to deploy professional services in global cooling technology across Nigeria

“FSD has always said that there are jobs but no skilled people because we have a 100% employment rate for our trainees,” she said.


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