The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) under its skills acquisition scheme, known as the Employability Support Project, has presented a batch of 80 trainees with vocational training certifications in building and construction operations, following their successful completion of the skills acquisition programme.
This, according to the agency, is in continuation of its mission of upscaling thousands of youths with employable skills.
Implemented in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and managed by Arc Skills Nigeria, the beneficiaries all underwent a five to nine weeks intensive training carried out by experienced facilitators at the Government Technical Centre (GTC) in Lagos, to acquire industry relevant skills in plumbing, formwork, carpentry, masonry, and electrical works.
At the graduation ceremony, the graduate trainees were presented with global standard certificates following their successful completion of the construction course on the Employability Support Project.
Speaking, the director, Strategy, Funding and Stakeholder Management of LSETF, Ms. Abosede Alimi, said the trainees were equipped with skills at no cost to them and were also provided stipends to encourage attendance.
She stated that the purpose of the training was to improve the quality of lives of unemployed youths by equipping them with demand-driven employable skills that would take them off the unemployed or under-employed class.
Meanwhile, LSETF) has announced the exit of its Executive Secretary, Mr. Akintunde Oyebode, who is to take up a senior role with the Ekiti State Government.
Commenting on the exit, the Chairman of the LSETF, Mrs. Ifueko M. Omoigui Okauru, thanked Mr. Akintunde Oyebode, for his work as pioneer Executive Secretary of the Fund, stating that his leadership and commitment to job creation contributed to the Fund’s success and impact.
“Akintunde has demonstrated that young people have the capacity to succeed in leadership roles. We are glad that the Fund has positioned him for higher responsibilities. We will miss his leadership and wish him the best in his future endeavours. Our strong leadership team and succession plan will ensure the Fund continues to operate seamlessly.” she said.
Oyebode who leaves the Fund on March 31 2019 in his remarks expressed his gratitude to the governor of Lagos state.
LSETF’s Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Loan Programme has disbursed over N6.5 billion to almost 10,000 beneficiaries; while over 3,500 unemployed Lagos residents have been provided with vocational training, with over 1,500 of the trainees placed in jobs.