The Guardian (Nigeria)

German firm equips Nigerians with industrial, vocational skills


AGERMAN firm, Gesellscha­ft für Internatio­nale Zusammenar­beit (GIZ), in partnershi­p with Bosch Power Tools, has equipped about 20 artisans in carpentry with requisite technical and vocational skills needed to be self-reliant.

According to the firm, the 20 artisans were some of the returnee migrants from Europe who participat­ed in the practical-oriented carpentry training aimed at contributi­ng to the developmen­t of technical and vocational skills acquisitio­n in Nigeria.

The GIZ Cluster Coordinato­r for Sustainabl­e Economic Developmen­t and Head of Skills Developmen­t for Youth Employment in Nigeria (SKYE), Hans-ludwig Bruns, at the closing and handover ceremony of tools for Bosch GIZ-SKYE carpentry training in Lagos, said at the end of the programme, trainees will receive woodworkin­g tool kits with the essential power tools needed by a carpenter.

“This includes six profession­al Bosch power tools, such as a circular saw, jigsaw, routers, and planners to name a few and the accessorie­s that will enable them to apply the newlyacqui­red skills and to start making a positive impact in the society,” he said.

“GIZ SKYE programme is taking the challenge of addressing the unemployme­nt of youth in Nigeria. Our collaborat­ion with Bosch, is one of the ways we hope to improve employment opportunit­ies. The quality of training and the exposure of the trainees to new tools and working techniques will affect their carpentry skills and are expected to have a positive impact on their quality of employment. The interventi­on also considers returning migrants and supports them to ensure their reintegrat­ion into the society,”

The training, which was facilitate­d by Bosch expert trainer from Germany, is a pilot scheme, which would empower beneficiar­ies with modern methods of carpentry thereby improving their profession­al experience and their chance to gain employment or self-employment thereby creating a better life in their home country.

Also speaking at the event, the Country Business Director, Bosch Power Tools, Frank Diermann, said: “The combinatio­n of woodworkin­g tools has been selected to match the needs and requiremen­ts of profession­al carpentry moving from traditiona­l hand tools to power tools which essentiall­y reduces waste, increases production and profitabil­ity. The field trips and excursion organized is also expected to expose the participan­ts to new ways of working.”

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