Dangote Group of Companies is set to recruit 200 graduates of technical colleges in Lagos State into its workforce.
The students, most of whom are in their final years in the five Government Technical Colleges owned by the state, wrote the National Business and Technical Examinations Board(NABTEB) at the Government Technical College, Ikorodu and Agidingbi centres at the weekend as a prelude to the job offer.
The Executive Secretary, Lagos State Technical and Vocational Examinations Board (LASTVEB), Olawunmi Gasper, attributed the good news to the board’s efforts at partnering with industries for placements for their graduates.
Gasper, an engineer, recalled how the state went into an agreement with the Dangote Conglomerate, which requested for the young artisans and technicians to take up the technical, maintenance jobs in the Dangote Group.
Said Gasper: What we are doing today with the Lagos State Government and Dangote Group is to recruit our students of technical colleges in accordance with the agreement with Governor (Babatunde) Raji Fashola to encourage the youth in the industrial drive the economy. This is the first step”.
Gasper described the students as fortunate, adding that they are still yet to complete their studies but are already being examined and interviewed ahead of their appointment.
“About 250 students are writing this exam and we are sure of 80 per cent of them being employed by the company. The result will be out in May this year, after which they will be employed and that is the beginning of a career path for them,” he said.
The LASTVEB boss further explained that once the students are considered for employment, they will be sponsored by Dangote Group on an 18-month training at the Dangote Academy in Obajana in Kogi State and Osogbo in Osun State to train them.
“They will be remunerated based on their areas of specialisation such as instrumentation and automation, this is a big opportunity for them,” he said.
Gasper also said industries usually approach the board for recruitment of their graduates because they believe the young ones have something to offer.
He urged parents to improve public perception about technical education, saying that contrary to the belief that it is meant for dropouts, technical education is now the fad.
“Dangote is just one out of so many industries that are demanding for the graduates of technical colleges because they believe in their skills. We are now being saddled with the responsibility of producing more of them to meet industrial demand,” Gasper added.
The board’s, Director of Technical and Vocational Services, Laolu Oguntuyi, said the students are grouped into four trades namely: Electronic/Instrumentation; Electrical Installation; Mechanical Engineering; as well as Welding and Fabrication.
He said Dangote’s Head of Human Resources sent SMS and e-mails to the students studying any of the trades who are in their final year on the recruitment.
A final year student of Electrical Installation, Government Technical College, Agidingbi, Oki Rashidat, who also wrote the exam expressed gratitude to the Dangote Group for the opportunity.
“I will gladly accept the offer if I’m eventually shortlisted,” she said.
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