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Monday, June 15, 2009

LCU, Cyberschuul deal to boost training

The recent partnership between Lead City University, Ibadan and The Cyberschuul, Lagos, would give a boost to telecommunications training in the country.

Chief executive officer, Telecom Answers Associates (TAA), the owners of The Cyberschuul, Mr. Titi Omo-Ettu, gave this insight at the weekend while announcing the deal.

He also said that the partnership will implement a synergy that facilitates upgrade of graduating students of computer and electronics with additional training in telecommunications business.

The pilot scheme, he said, will soon be completed as 21 out of the 30 hours training has been satisfactorily completed.

He recalled that TAA, founders of the Cyberschuul, had a few years back contested the argument by some extremist employers who made claims that Nigerian graduates are unemployable, pointing out that the content of training in universities were excellent but have merely not responded fast enough to making present graduates immediately relevant to the needs of rapidly evolving telecommunications industry.

“This lapse in Telecom Answers Associates’ view could be corrected by a slight modification in the content and style of training to include materials in telecommunications business,” he said.

Lead City University mid-2008 approached TAA on the matter and the resources of The Cyberschuul were put into supplying the missing stuff to graduating students of computer and electronics at the university.

He noted that 35 graduating students are benefiting from the pilot training programme, which exposed the trainees to stuff on traditional telecommunication subjects, such as wired and wireless systems, mobile communication standards and emerging technologies such as Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi), WiMAX and internet applications to name a few.

“They were also introduced to industry management tools such as number portability, co-location and sharing of telecommunications infrastructure as well as convergence issues,” he said.

Omo-Ettu further said, the programme does not include a Train-the-Trainers component as the concept is to use current industry practitioners to deliver the stuff to the students on a continuous basis.

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