Technology, as it is recently been said in Nigeria, is the new oil, which means that if you are looking at getting a lucrative job, a career in Technology is what you should be aiming for.
There are many skills you will need to break into the technology World, some of which includes Telecommunication, Coding and Programming which involves building website and web or mobile Applications, Big Data Analysis, Social Media Experience and so on.
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Truly, there are different ICT institute that are focused on teaching these skills, but some of these skills might be expensive to learn and teaching yourself might not work out for you. And even after learning, you might not be able to get a job.
To take care of the above-mentioned challenges, The Digital Bridge Institute is set to begin the certification of youths that lack access to formal education who have acquired some level of competence in Information and Communications Technology.
This initiative was made known by the Administrator of DBI, Dr. Ike Adinde, through an interview with journalists on the sidelines of the training at the institute which is a training subsidiary of the Nigerian Communications Commission.
During the interview, Adinde that while a considerable number of persons who have acquired formal education but were unemployed, there were also those that had acquired competence even though they lacked access to formal education.
One of the goals of the program will be to distinguish between those that were unemployed because there were no jobs and those that were not employed because they lacked the requisite skills.
The DBI boss expressed optimism that once the programme kicked off in 2019; a minimum of 10,000 would be certified per annum, adding that the institute planned to reach as many as possible from different parts of the country.
In a statement, he said, “We recognize that there are other avenues by which skills can be built. So DBI is taking the initiative to drive what is called National Occupational Skills System which will target vocational skills development in ICT.
If you get into a lot of Computer Villages that are scattered across the country, you will find guys doing great kinds of stuff not necessary because they have degrees or certificates but because they have acquired skills.
So, increasingly, we want to focus on that area to ensure that the skills are also recognized and the government will begin to say that skills development is not about certificate; it is about what you can do.
A lot of youths today are unemployed not because they don’t have an education but because they don’t have the requisite IT skills that the industries need. So, we can distinguish between unemployment as a result of jobs not being available and unemployment as a result of not having the employable skills that the industries demand.”
Adinde expressed optimism that with various programmes being championed by government institutions and agencies such as the NCC, the skills gap in ICTs would soon be completely closed or brought to a minimal level.