Obaseki and German Government Seek to Bridge Technical Skills Gap Through Exchange Programs – Nigerian Observer


…plans internships for Edo interns in Germany

BENIN CITY – Edo State Governor Mr. Godwin Obaseki has said his government is concluding plans to establish technical and vocational centers in the state with one year study in Nigeria and job placement opportunities in companies in Germany.

The governor, who disclosed to reporters in Benin City, said the partnership was part of efforts to address the technical skills gap among the state’s youth.

He said commitments are underway to support regular migration and mobility of Edo natives that secure jobs in Germany, noting that his recent visit to the European country has strengthened ties to build local capacity and boost businesses. investments in the state.

Obaseki said, “We understand the role of technical and vocational education in realizing our vision of a prosperous and progressive Edo and will support investment in the sector to drive industrial growth in Edo, ensuring the creation of employment opportunities and the achievement of self-sufficiency.

“We are already in talks with the German Confederation of Skilled Trades to establish technical and vocational centers in Edo with a year of study in Nigeria. We are also exploring training opportunities in Germany with the possibilities of returning or staying in Germany.

He added: “During our recent visit to the European country, we explored several opportunities for skills transfer, partnership and investment. We met with leaders from the German government and those from GIZ’s Migration and Diaspora program to deepen investments in Edo with the aim of making the state the most competitive sub-national state in Africa.

“We have considered a salary supplement for a short-term return for the natives of Edo in Germany to return to work and contribute their quota to the development of the state, as well as the training and support of people from the diaspora who are investing in Edo State.”


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