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Paradigm Initiative, Dufuna Technologies train graduates to be employable



Paradigm Initiative an NGO and Dufuna Technologies Ltd say they are collaborating on a digital skills training programme to empower under-served youths with relevant digital skills and connect them to both local and global opportunities.

They said on Wednesday in Lagos that the collaboration would also contribute to ease the unemployment burden in the country.

According to them, the National Bureau of Statistics has rated the youth unemployment and underemployment at 55.4 per cent.

Olatokunbo Fagbamigbe, Project Lead at Dufuna Technologies, said that the company was a training-focused organisation that is passionate about tackling unemployment among recent graduates through its training programmes.

Fagbamigbe said that from October 2019, the collaboration between Paradigm Initiative and Dufuna will be organising a six-month hands-on CodeCamp.

He said that it was a Lagos-based project-centric software engineering training programme for recent graduates.

“’Prior to this new initiative, Paradigm Initiative had for eight years from 2012, organised its innovative Techtiary programme, involving training of tertiary institution graduated to acquire technical skills.

“The programme has enabled students in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions to develop entrepreneurial and technical skills during their university education with many success stories as a testament to its impact.

“This collaboration between Paradigm Initiative with Dufuna announces the rebranding of the Techtiary programme,” he said in a statement.

Tosin Abolaji, Programme Manager for Digital Inclusion at Paradigm Initiative, said the programme would equip participants with skills in HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, SQL, algorithms & data structures and software version control and classes would be taught both virtually and physically in Lagos.

He said that no prior knowledge of programming was required but, however, to succeed in the programme, participants must have the determination to succeed and be a self-starter.

Abolaji said that applications for the programme opened on  Aug. 2 and will close Aug. 30.

According to him, there is a deferred payment model that allows trainees to only pay for the cost of the programme after they have completed the program and started work based on new skills acquired during the training.


(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)