The Federal Republic of Germany has tasked Nigerian government and other stake holders in commerce and industry to harness huge natural and human resources in the country by giving priority to skills acquisition training.
Speaking at a public forum in Lagos during the graduation ceremony for a new set of apprentices in Office Administration profession of the ongoing German Dual Vocational Training Partnership with Nigeria (G-DVTPW-N), the German Consul General to Nigeria, Mr. Ingo Herbert impressed on the government the need to give Dual Vocational Training (DVT), special attention.
Herbert who was represented by the Political, Cultural and Press attache of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Lagos, Sebastian Polzin called on the government to borrow from Germany that brought its economy out of doldrums through DVT.
According to him, as a result of the introduction of the training Germany today has the lowest unemployment rate in the world and not less than 95% of its youths are gainfully employed.
Echoing similar sentiments, Martin Hug, Short Term Expert and German DVT trainer in Nigeria, remarked that, “In Germany the employers and the industry demanded the dual vocational training in 1950 because they needed employees with basic skills and with specific knowledge.
“Dual Vocational training brings a great advantage to the employers and the employees. Through the combination of theoretical and practical elements the trainees receive basic skills and a broad knowledge in their field. After 12 months the employers get highly qualified staff.”
According to the G-DVTPW-N programme Coordinator, Engr. Kehinde Stephen Awoyele, “German Dual Vocational Training Partnership with Nigeria, is an initiative of Federal Republic of Germany and is geared towards rising the employability bar of Nigerian youths and reducing poverty in the country. It is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and conducted by sequagGmbH. It’s steered by the CCI Giessen-Friedberg as the German project partner.”
Speaking through its Chairman, Board of Business Education, Services and Training Unit, Soboma Ajumogobia, the chamber however expressed confidence that, “Our Nigerian partners will rise to the unique challenge of shouldering the onerous responsibility for this important project and also for sustaining it in the years and decades ahead of 2018 as we collectively strive to build a critical mass of competitive, productive and highly skilled workers.”