[From CHINEDU NWAFOR, Abakaliki]
Enugu Government has announced plans to train 500 youths in Programming and Product Design as part of its efforts to create job opportunities for the youths in the state.
Special Adviser to the Governor on SMEs Development, who also doubles as Director-General, Enugu SMEs Centre, Hon. Arinze Chilo-Offiah, Monday, said the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi-led administration, said the training is under the Enugu Tech Skills Project being driven by the centre.
According to Chilo-Offiah, Enugu Tech Skill is a public-private partnership project developed and designed to train and provide a pathway to create new jobs for about 5,000 young people in Enugu State.
He said the successful beneficiaries would have the opportunity to learn either Product Design (UIxUX) or Programming with respect to their applications and choice of programme.
Mr Chilo-Offiah further explained that the programme was structured under the Human Capital Development Loan (HCDL) Scheme, which according to him, was an innovative loan programme that is intended to solely provide training for individuals who are resident in Enugu State on technical and non-technical capacities in partnership with a private sector firm called Utiva.
“The Enugu SMEs Agency in partnership with the Utiva will then provide access to jobs (full time, part-time, contract, gig-economy jobs and entrepreneurial support). The funds are then repaid within four months (after the training).
“The Programming (Web and App Development) Training Programme (PTP) runs for two months and the Product Design & Animation Programme is for one month, exclusive of the capstone project”.
He said the beneficiaries of the second batch of the 2021 Enugu Tech Skill project had graduated, adding the State was targeting 5000 youths for empowerment.
Chilo-Offiah further revealed that the graduation ceremony, which included presentation of challenges and solutions on making apps better, easier to use, and how they could penetrate the consumer market in other States in Nigeria, was exceptionally successful.
“This takes the number of youths trained in Programming and Product Design to 500 with 500 more to benefit. His Excellency, the Governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi understands the importance of human capital development especially for the youth,” he said.