NACETEM to train 1 million workforce on ICT skills

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By Sylvester Thompson

The National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM) says it plans to train one million workforce on various skills relevant to the nation’s socio-economic development through its academy.

The Director-General of NACETEM, Dr Olushola Odusanya, disclosed this on Tuesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

Odusanya said that the skills training and certification for middle and high level manpower would be held for five years.

NAN reports that NACETEM Academy was created within the first year of President Bola Tinubu’s administration to provide an online training through collaborations with private sector firms.

The director-general said that the skills training and certification would be qualitative and relevant to the socio-economic development of the country.

“NACETEM Academy is a body created for training. It is a massive online training opportunity made possible through collaborations with private sector firms.

“It is a potential global training and certification programme as we expect people to join from all over the world,” he said.

Odusanya said that Nigeria with a thriving youthful population has a massive workforce.

“Our aim is to ensure that this massive workforce is connected with skills.”

The director-general said that since he came on board, he ensured that the beneficiaries have a global certification backed by skills training.

He said that there was a huge global demand for ICT knowledge as well as ICT jobs, but regrettably, Nigeria has a huge deficit of ICT skilled workforce.

“To bridge this deficit, NACETEM, in collaboration with Comits Nig Ltd., applied and became a Certiport training Centre. Certiport Authorised Testing Centre is a global Certification Institution.”

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“We entered an MoU with Comits to carry out the training of one million people within five years.

“The training is not free. There are basic minimum qualifications required from trainees in more than 162 countries of the world.

“Three certificates are involved in digital literacy, communication skills of business communications collaborations and competitiveness and entrepreneurship for small business,” Ogunsanya said.

The NACETEM boss identified relevant ICT skills such as computing and software development, artificial intelligence, data-base management and analytics as some of the basic project management critical to Nigeria.

“There were also ICT certification for businesses and lawyers, software for accountants and skills such as entrepreneurship, digital marketing, associate microsoft office specialist and educator, among others.

“At the end of the day, the NACETEM academy turns out to be a finishing school for those who already had degrees but needed this global certification to move across the world,” he said.

He noted that MoUs were signed with the Federal University of Technology, Minna in the presence of Chief Uche Nnaji, Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology.

“This is to ensure that all the certificates that we issue are from a recognised university.”(NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Edited by Chidi Opara/Deji Abdulwahab

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