Education First Nigeria (Edufirst.Ng) and Jobminders Incorporated has signed a pact worth one million dollars to strengthen business collaboration between Nigeria and Canada.
The collaboration is aimed at bridging the nation’s skill gap in the next five years.
Mr. Moses Imayi, Co-founder, Edufirst.ng, at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Thursday in Lagos, said the partnership would build capacity and develop core skills that would be relevant to the future of Nigeria.
“With the growing trend of job losses and skill gaps in the Nigerian labour market, Edufirst.ng remains committed to ensuring these deficits are addressed and the Nigerian labour market becomes more vibrant adopting relevant skill sets that resonate with the twenty-first century.
“Our partners Jobminders Inc. being a Canadian based organisation, has over the years remained committed to providing and enhancing skill sets aimed at improving capacity,’’ he said.
Imayi said the strategic partnership was key in repositioning the scope of the Nigerian graduate and making them globally competitive.
“Our core value as a business is focused on creating value, providing an opportunity for growth and developing capacity.
“When you talk about stimulating an economy to grow, it should start with investment in building the capacity of the people to be globally competitive,” he said.
He noted that the partnership would bridge the gap in Nigeria’s labour market by providing scholarships for potential students to Canadian Universities and job opportunities for Nigerians locally and internationally.
According to him, an online virtual learning and Mobile App tagged “Edufirst Tek Classes”, which will accommodate training programmes for fresh graduates, top-level management and executives on core managerial skills will be created.
Imayi said it would provide standardized curriculum, inclusive of digital skills training programmes that support capacity growth.
Also, Mr Charles Osazuwa, Vice President, Jobminders Inc. said the partnership would bring relevant education to catalyze transformation in the nation’s socio-economic environment.
“If young Nigerians take cybercrime to international space, why not teach them cybersecurity; if involved in robbery, teach them robotics, and they will use it to add value and change Nigeria’s narrative positively in the global space,’’ he said.
Osazuwa said the partnership would offer IT skills acquisition and certification in software development lifecycle management, IT project management, Business Systems Analysis, Cybersecurity knowledge management and Robotics Process Automation.
Edufirst.ng is an online based platform that provides individuals with necessary information about everything related to education in Nigeria and across the globe.
Jobminders Incorporated is a Canadian organisation that offers capacity building and job placement services to support corporations and businesses in achieving their corporate goals and enhanced client satisfaction.