Saturday, February 02, 2013

Intel prepares NYSC members on tech entrepreneurship

L-R: Mr. Toni Oviosun,Project Manager NYSC; Mrs. Angela Okoh,
Business Development Manager NYSC; Mr. Osagie Ogunbor,
Corporate Affairs Manager Intel Corporation at the Intel-sponsored
 free Technology & Entrepreneurship Training in Lagos recently.

Committed to the development of the youth in the country, Intel West Africa has partnered the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) to train the members of the corp as its part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

The session tagged Technology and Entrepreneurship, according to the Corporate Affairs Manager, Intel, Mr. Osagie Ogunbor, said that as part of its commitment to national building.

He also disclosed that the one-week free training is the first of several that will stretch across other states of the Federation with Lagos being the initial state in the pilot phase.

“The Training of Youth Corp Members is part of Intel’s Corporate Social Responsiveness to the educational needs of our society. The week long free training strives to equip youth corps members with necessary skills to cope in the 21st Century workplace taking them through an intense technology-entrepreneurship scheme.” Said the Corporate Affairs Manager, Intel West Africa, Osagie Ogunbor in his opening address that flagged off training activities, last Tuesday.

Ogunbor noted that the initiative more than anything, was birthed out of the necessity to stimulate interest in entrepreneurship towards establishing businesses and ultimately reducing the increasing unemployment problem in Nigeria.

“The changing trends in the global economy are increasingly becoming knowledge-based being driven by advances in Information and Communication Technology and this has significantly raised the stakes in the labour market.” Ogunbor said.

Additionally, he noted that as graduates prepare to enter the labour market, the possession of technical knowledge on its own, would not suffice, but ownership of complementary life skills to deliver the highest possible value in any field of endeavor was the ultimate task.

Ogunbor informed ITRealms that Intel is working closely with the Youth Enterprise With Innovation In Nigeria (YOUWIN) to further encourage the growth of individual businesses as part of a solution to unemployment. Courtesy of YOUWIN,  the youth corpers being trained are entered into a business plan competition where they stand a chance of getting seed capital for businesses they may want to set up.

Mr. Ogunbor, this initiative is just one of several other technology/education based initiatives championed by Intel towards improving the quality of life of people around the world. 

Remmy Nweke
ITREALMS Online ... delivering news for ICT4D

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