Enterprise Innovation Laboratory (EIL), in collaboration with the Ondo state ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), held a non-residential employability skills summer camp for teenagers between the ages of 13-18 in both private and government owned secondary schools in Ondo state.
The summer camp, first of its kind in Nigeria, which had in attendance about 1,000 teenagers, was aimed at exposing these teens to having a clear understanding of the labour market so they can identify and make correct career choices, prepare them to acquire requisite skills and experience ahead of their joining the workforce of their community.
It was also an avenue to introduce them to the work place so they can get themselves familiar with the demand of the work environment and therefore acquire relevant skills that would make them professionals both in career and business.
Increasing digital literacy among the participants was another key focus of the 3 days summer camp.
Speaking at the event, SUBEB Chairman, Princess Oladunni Odu who was represented by the Deputy Director of School Services in the state, thanked EIL for the laudable initiative and was delighted that it started with Ondo state before it is moved to other states in the country.
She also assured the participants that the government would ensure that the employability skills club is initiated across all secondary schools in the state.
The coordinator of the project and founder of EIL, Mr. Kunle Ajayi, said that in the 21st century and fourth industrial revolution dominated by Robotics, Artificial intelligence, 3D printing, Nanotechnology, Automated responder, Biotechnology, Block chain technology, Cyber security etc. which is already dictating the future of work and the works of the future, there is an urgent need to breed the next generations, equip and empower them with both hard and soft skills so that they can start out as good intrapreneurs and later becoming successful entrepreneurs.
The participants were trained in skills such as creativity, emotional intelligence, basic complex problem solving, communication, artificial intelligence, coding/programming, digital literacy among others.
Some of the participants who spoke with SUNSHINE HERALD said, they have learnt a lot of new things.
Some of them are beginning to think of taking new courses like Data Science, Actuarial Science, Cyber security Technology, Block chain Technology among others. Although they don’t know how to use it yet, but they have heard about Python Programming as well as R Programming, how it is dictating the future.