A United States based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Careerbridge Foundation in its new humanitarian gesture has started training 50 youths on ‘Skills Acquisition’.
According to the Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Careerbridge Foundation USA, Mr. Modupe Olowodahunsi, the foundation will train fifty youth annually in Nigeria.
He said, “Our mandate is to train fifty youths annually in Nigeria, starting from this year. This year, we partnered with Careeredge Institute based on their outstanding structure, software, and equipment they already have in place to impact knowledge.
“This program will expose the youths to learn the skills that will enable them to create jobs for themselves and at the same time, they will have the advantage of getting a job faster by combining their college degree with technical skills acquired.”
Careerbridge Foundation’s first edition of the youth empowerment program is held for free to benefit youths in Ondo State, specifically from Ikale communities.
Mr. Olowodahunsi stressed that the training will help reduce crime rate drastically because the majority of the youths will be forced to disengage from poverty.
The Ondo State Director, Vocational Skills Development Department of the National Directorate of Employment NDE, Mr. Olabode Ogunyankinnu lauded Careerbridge Foundation USA for always touching lives in Nigeria.
Mr. Olabode said, “Last year and the years before, this foundation brought free medical outreaches and surgeries to our state and Osun State. They are always here touching lives. Olowodahunsi is a blessing to us as people and community.
“I have gone round Ondo State and must confess that the facilities here at Careeredge Institute is still the best. The standard is superb and better than what we have across the country. We have plans to partner with this institute in the area of skill for job.
“After the inauguration, I came back as a follow up and discovered that all the training sections were professionally maned,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria CAN, Ondo State Chapter, Rev. Dr. John Ayo Oladapo addressing the trainees at Careeredge Institute Akure encouraged them to use the opportunity to prepare for labour market.
“What you will be thought here is only what you are going to need in the labour market. Believe in yourself, belief in what you can do and your contributions to your environment.”
“The current realities shows that someone must be skilled in one area to provide services, give back to the society and help the economy grow. This is the window to make you self – sustaining without depending on someone.
Speaking on the role of the church in skill acquisition trainings, Rev. Dr. Oladapo said the church is passionate on sensitizing individuals on skill acquisition.
“The church is very passionate on sensitizing individuals on the need for skill acquisition, belief in themselves and think of what they can do. That is why some churches have Skills Acquisition Centres where people can learn one or two skills” He said.
Earlier, Olowodahunsi revealed that in another few months, Careerbridge Foundation will collaborate with people of like minds and organizations to support the first set of youths certified by Careeredge Institute to acquire the right technology and equipment to start business as soon as possible.
He said, “In another few months, Careerbridge Foundation USA will be glad to collaborate with people of likes mind and organization to support the first set of youths certified by this organization. If you will be willing to support this mission, please, we can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org”.
However, the trainees were given free meals for three days, sponsored by Otunba and Mrs. Oluseyi Aba, a philanthropists and a friend of Careerbridge Foundation.
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