Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), a social enterprise that connects Nigerian youth with ICT-enabled opportunities, recently delivered Google Web Training to some community youths with the aim of connecting the beneficiaries to ICT enabled opportunities that will position them for better means of livelihood. The training which is part of the organisation’s ‘Ajegunle.org’ initiative held from 9th to 27th June, 2014. Through the training, the participants have acquired a competitive advantage in the job market because the Google Web Academy offers skills and certification that are market driven. Sixteen out of the 36 registered participants qualified for the training, and were trained on products like Google search, YouTube, Google plus, Google email, Google docs, spreadsheet, presentation, form, chrome, internet safety, Google maps, Earth and Map making. The ICT classes focused on Microsoft Office packages, design tools & the internet and at the end of the first week of the training, many of the students were already using computers proficiently. [eap_ad_2] “Before I came in for Ajegunle.org’s capacity building programme, I had big dreams but I was not inspired on my own,” said John-beloved Agwanzenini while narrating his experience at the Ajegunle Innovation Centre. “People around considered me a failure because I had been at home for over four years after high school, literally wasting, but in just eight weeks, I am certain that I have made up for those wasted years,” he added.
The entrepreneurship stream was facilitated by industry expert including Ademola Adeoye, Managing Director of World Class Impact, Ronald Nzimora, Managing Director of Profit Marketing Systems Limited, David Ekugum of SESEWA Support Services and Bola Akeju of Wecyclers. The life skill sessions were taken by Mrs. Oluwaseyifunmi Walter and Rev. Yomi Olufiade. The students were trained on marketing, finance, risk management, staffing, social impact, customer relations and business plan writing.
At the end of the training, participants had two weeks of practice and mapping of specific locations using Google Map maker. Preparations are ongoing for the 2014 Class C session, set to start from 11 August to 26 September 2014.[eap_ad_3]