NABTEB, LAPO seal pact on skills acquisition
In a bid to further promote skills acquisition and vocational training among young people in Nigeria, the National Business for Technical Examination Board (NABETB) and a micro-finance bank, Lift Above Poverty Organization, (LAPO), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU that would authenticate the certificates of the bank’s trainees.
With the partnership, according to LAPO Head of Sustainability, Brandy Stevens-Igbe, NABTEB would boost the confidence of the students and make their certificate acceptable worldwide.
According to her, “we want to be different and even if the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) certifies the children because they have their exam, NABTEB will also certify them so that they can be marketable locally and internationally.
She stressed that at the end of the six months training programme featuring 30 students in Edo and Lagos states respectively, the graduands will be awarded a certificate which will enable them to be gainfully employed globally or be independent, affirming that the programme is a going to cover more states in the federation.
“This is a country where certificate matters and if you don’t have the papers, you will not get work. So, it is imperative for us and that is why we are giving the children a stepping stone to move on and the economy of this country relies on small scale businesses to grow and big industries cannot help”, she noted.
The LAPO Sustainability Head explained that at the end of the training programme, the trainees will be assisted with a loan raging from N50,000 to N200,000 with 2.5 percent interest rate which they are expected to payback within 24 months, hence the loan is to enable them to establish their own businesses and put them off the street, reiterating that the skill acquisition and vocational training programme will afford young children the opportunity to acquire various skills such as hair-dressing, ICT, catering and among others.
Speaking on the partnership, Registrar/Chief Executive of NABTEB, Olatunde Aworanti, said that the event evokes great deal of excitement in him, as it will mark yet another significant milestone in what he described as promises to be mutually beneficial, expressing hope that other corporate organization will emulate LAPO.