During their tutelage, the new graduates were trained to become employees at repair centres, assembly lines, and to ultimately become independent entrepreneurs.
“Samsung’s aim is to build successful partnerships in Nigeria to equip the country’s youth with the technical skills they need to transform their lives and contribute to the development of the country,” says Mr. Changwook Lee, Managing Director for Samsung West Africa. He adds that the Samsung Engineering Academy revolutionizes traditional education by providing technical and vocational training for school leavers, tertiary students and unemployed youth.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Mrs. Omolara Erogbogbo, Executive Secretary, Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board, said that the Samsung Engineering Academy is a great initiative which has given hope to youths with technical skills and equipped them to become technicians in electronics engineering.
According to Mrs Erogbogbo, these technical skills will not only help the engineers to build a better future for themselves, but will also contribute towards Nigeria's economic growth and development.
The academy was established to empower indigent Nigerians and positively impact communities, says Judith Kelechi Osuji, Corporate Citizenship Manager at Samsung West Africa.
“Innovation is at the heart of what we do, and we believe education is the seed of innovation. Our hope is that through initiatives like the Samsung Engineering Academy we can empower the youth by creating opportunities that will lead to sustainable employment,” she added.
The Samsung Engineering Academy enrolls over 1000 students yearly across various countries in Africa with the aim of closing the gap between skills and demand in the job market. Graduates have a 40% job placement track record, while others go on to pursue further higher education, training or start their own businesses.