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Foundation for Skills Development, Lagos


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Foundation for Skills Development

Field of Skills and Dreams is a vocational, technical and entreprenurship training institute that has succeeded in training thousands of Nigerians and ensured their  economic empowerment through hands on training programs. The lives of Nigerian youths and adults – unemployed, the idle, abused people, those with physical disabilities and those who just want to do something different – acquire a skill.

Our work centers around equipping unemployed adults, youths in between schools, teenagers on vacation, physically challenged youths and others  ( rehabilitated addicts, idle women, under employed, etc) with vocational, technical and entrepreneurial skills to empower them, equip them and ensure that they remain economically sustainable.

Our institute is open to those who may wish to have a skill to empower themselves and generate their own income OR to sponsors who may wish to transform the live of someone else through VTE skills – lifetime vocational, technical or entrepreneurship skills.

Training covers both business management skills and practical vocational  or technical training.

The institute is now housed in a very spacious property and has 14 fully air-conditioned training rooms with capacity to train over 200 people at a time.

The vision of the institute is to empower as many people yearly with skills that will transform their lives, cause them to be high skilled / well valued employees or become self employed and thus be employers of labour. This will in turn transform the lives of at least thousands of people yearly.

This is because each person trained, subsequently becomes an employer of other people or a highly valued skilled employee – we teach skills which are able to get young men and women jobs immediately after training or you work for yourself or as a consultant with hands on experience.

The multiplier effect of the successes we have achieved has been observed in those that have been trained.

So far we have done well and the success stories span all over nigeria – the North, South, East and West.

Its all about discovering your talents and abilities; learning to nurture them and utilizing them to generate a good income.

We are able to give this support and link them with financial sponsors for their businesses.

History

Field of Skills and Dreams Vocational, Technical and Entrepreneurship Training Institute is a private initiative which started as a concept in the year 2003  to train people with vocational skills as a panacea to poverty.

It was born out of a burden to add value to the lives of young Nigerians and to reduce the number of youths that walked  the streets aimlessly daily. It is obvious that the Nigerian economy cannot readily accommodate its growing number of school leavers, therefore the number of unemployed people continue to increase daily; meanwhile the needs in industry continue to increase because there are no skilled workmen to work.

Hence both the employed and the unemployed had social and economic challenges; as the unemployed puts a strain on member of each family that are gainfully employed, which makes even the rich poorer in a sense.

In May 2003, as a first step and trial run, we inaugurated a vocational training program whereby selected youths were brought together to teach them skills they could use to earn a living. In that first session, about 50 youths were trained in three skill areas – millinery, heading and clay craft. Some of these youths started lucrative businesses after that one day training.

By the next program in August 2003, the program had five skill sessions – millinery, beadwork, barbing, soap making and cake baking, along with business management skills, to over 100 youths. Many of them started small businesses which paid their way into higher institutions and put food on their tables.
Since then, the program has grown into a very large one and with an increase in the number of those wanting to participate; we looked for a permanent venue for training sessions to be on-going, year round.

This led to the lease of an 8 room accommodation in August 2005, where training started daily in 10 different vocational areas.

To date, the institute has trained more than 3000 people, who now include Christians, Muslims, free thinkers, housewives, early retirees, married, single, widowed, mainly unemployed, etc.

Success rate is over 90%,  in that many trainees come back with testimonies of a transformed life. Some  testimonies are documented and reading them is quite emotional.

In some of the training, for example the December 2005 session, materials were insufficient and there was inadequate space to train  the number of people that besieged the center.

Thus, though painful, many were turned back, asking them to register for another session 2006.

In May 2006, there was a Business Development Seminar, to help young people start grow their own businesses. This program was tagged, ‘Becoming your own Boss’. Three prominent business entrepreneurs trained the attendees on Setting up a small Business, Marketing & Business Finance.

in June 2006, we started training people with physical disabilities - Down’s Syndrome. This has been a beautiful success story.

In October 2006, we had  a Training tagged ” Free Yourself” to coincide with Nigeria’s 46th Independence anniversary. We trained 73people in 6 skill areas.

The vision of the institute is to train about 5000 people yearly, and this will transform into at least 20,000 people OFF the streets. This is because each person trained, subsequently becomes a well valued / high skilled employee or employer of other people. This multiplier effect has been observed in those that we have trained.

We have records of all our programs. We have a centre that you can visit at anytime.

RECOGNITION AND ACCOLADES

1. Recognized by the US Embassy in Nigeria
2. Accredited by the National Board for Technical Education
3. Accredited by the Federal Ministry of Education, Nigeria
VOCATIONAL TRAINING, AT ITS BEST, WILL TRANSFORM LIVES OF THOSE TRAINED.

Phone 018198108; 018537570; 07084911154; 07025377818; 08027207203
Email foundationforskillsdevt@yahoo.com
Website http://www.foundationforskillsdevelopment.com/
Address 2, Allen Avenue, Sweet Sensation Bus Stop, Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

 

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