Caption: From left, beneficiary, Lagos Innovates Talent Development Programme, Abiola Ogunbajo; Head, Startups, Lagos Innovates, Ireayo Oladunjoye; Head, Corporate Services, Honeywell Group, Tomi Otudeko; Chief Executive Officer, Dataleum, Akinbode Roberts; Head, Governance and Sustainability, Honeywell Group, Yewande Giwa; Beneficiary, Lagos Innovates Talent Development Programme, Bamigbola Segun Ayoola, at the opening ceremony of the Lagos Innovates Programme on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.
Honeywell Group is partnering with the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) on the Lagos Innovates Talent Development Programme, an initiative to build tech skills aimed at providing greater employment opportunities and promote tech entrepreneurship.
This year, 260 beneficiaries have been selected from a pool of over 1000 candidates for the initiative. The opening ceremony held at the Watercress Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, saw in attendance 77 selected participants for the first cohort of the programme. The programme which will last for 24 weeks, aims to help young people in Lagos State who meet the requirements to acquire the necessary skills to compete in today’s global marketplace. The initiative, which has been backed by Honeywell Group for three years, intends to equip successful applicants with mentorship and hands-on training opportunities.
Addressing the selected applicants, Honeywell Group’s Head of Corporate Services, Tomi Otudeko said Honeywell Group feels “a deep sense of responsibility to young people in our community and a commitment to creating opportunities for them to thrive. Through this strategic partnership with LSETF, we aim to tackle the unemployment rate in Nigeria by increasing youth employability and contributing to the development of passionate young people looking to leverage the growing tech ecosystem to solve problems and generate innovative solutions on a global scale.”
She congratulated them for taking what she called the first step by joining a network “that wants to see you grow. Don’t take this opportunity for granted. Give your best during the training and remember that you are an ambassador of the programme.”
Also congratulating the selected candidates for the bold step to learn the fundamentals and skills needed to improve their market value, after a rigorous screening process to ensure the best minds emerge, Sheila Ojei, Director of Strategy, Partnerships and Stakeholder Management at Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), said “LSETF and Honeywell Group have been working together with the clear goal of ensuring that people get jobs. We are keen on being the lead enabler of employability in Lagos State”
The LSETF, according to a statement, is a platform built to tackle unemployment and promote entrepreneurship in Lagos State by empowering its residents with job and wealth creation opportunities. Over the years, LSETF has empowered Lagos residents across different demographics with various innovative programmes. LSETF enables innovation in the vibrant Lagos tech ecosystem through programmes that support founders and startups with infrastructure, funding, learning, and networks.
The statement described Honeywell Group as a Nigerian investment company that operates diversified businesses in different sectors such as; technology, telecommunications, real estate, energy, infrastructure, and financial services. Honeywell Group remains committed to making impactful contributions within its local communities and beyond.
While selected participants were expected to begin classes on September 20, 2022, Cohort B and cohort C will commence concurrently at a later date. There is also a rolling application for the fourth batch of participants. Some training partners include Skill Paddy, The Nest, DesignU, GOMYCODE, Seed Builders Innovation Hub, Slate Cube, Soft Work Freelance Network, Univelcity, Dataleum and Torilo Academy.