Sterling Bank Plc on Thursday announced its support for the iCreateAfrica Skill Festival.
The event will hold in Abuja, as part of efforts to deepen the process of skills acquisition and economic inclusion of young Africans across the continent.
The festival is scheduled to hold between October 26th – 27th, 2018, and aims to create an environment that encourages the phenomenal display of talents and skills by bringing the excitement and energy of a young emerging workforce alongside proactive organisations who understand that engaging the youth is the best strategy for addressing labour challenges on the continent.
Speaking on empowerment skills festival, the Executive Director, Corporate and Investment Banking at Sterling Bank, Yemi Odubiyi said: “Unlike any other vocational-based event, the iCreateAfrica Skills Fest will include a conference, exhibition and skills competition.…
“The skills competition would see the most talented technicians, artisans and innovators from more than 50 universities, polytechnics and vocational training centres in the country, showcasing their skills and competing for funding opportunities as well as exclusive internship programmes.”
“In addition, there will be thought provoking panel discussions on the current state and future of skills development across the continent by industry experts and top public service officials, while participating youths would be expected to demonstrate their skills in various fields, including bricklaying, plumbing, carpentry, hair dressing, garment making, robotics, web and graphic design, software development, among others.”
According to the organisers, the event would bring top manufacturers, employers, sponsors and clients face to face with the very best vocational experts, innovators and a pool of young creative minds doing phenomenal things on the continent.
The iCreateAfrica Skills Festival 2018 would expose young Nigerians and other participants from across Africa to the value and promise which the vocational sector holds as well as shed light on the indispensable role of vocational skills in the growth and evolution of the African economy.