New entrepreneural trainees emerge at Foundation for Skills’ Development

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Field of Skills and Dreams(FSD), a vocational, technical and entrepreneurship academy based in Lagos has again recruited a new set of trainees under its regular entrepreneurship development scheme.
Under the scheme that has been in existence for a couple of years and sponsored by Nagode Foundation- a business conglomerate that operates across a number of African countries, twenty trainees have been absorbed for a six-week training in electrical/electronic engineering and installation, catering, hairdressing and fashion designing.
According to the Founder, Field of Skills and Dreams, Mrs Omowale Ogunrinde, Nagode Foundation is sponsoring the twenty trainees through their skills acquisition at FSD as well providing after-training equipment for them to enable them carry on with their trade afterwards.
“We are very grateful to Nagode Foundation for their immense contribution to our noble cause of providing help for the helpless in form of skills acquisition and as a matter of fact and this time around, Nagode has upgraded its help status to us by setting aside interest-free loans for our graduands, to help them flourish in the respective areas of endeavour. This year, for our first batch of trainees, Nagode provided the funds to boost, grow and expand the various businesses our graduands had embarked on”, she said.
Another enhancing and encouraging feature that FSD has been able to add to its helpline is the recent opportunity of acquisition of the Lagos State Entrepreneurship Trust Fund at a paltry five per cent interest rate for its graduands. Coupled with the provision of interest- free loan of N400,000 to each of the graduands by Nagode, the LSETF loan provides a large field of opportunities for the traders.
FSD, aside Nagode Foundation, has other partners in progress spread across Nigeria, with registered presence in Ibadan, Enugu, Kaduna, Calabar, Abuja and would later spread activities to Port Harcourt, Bayelsa, Minna and Ogun state.
FSD is also in partnerships with reputable organisations including entrepreneurship work with the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy, United Parcel Service, Retail Operations Group of Access Bank, some religious organisations and others.
To attract the attention and interest of young school pupils and students to early skills acquisition, FSD also runs summer vacation trainings to prepare young ones for a future life of self- dependence.
Speaking on behalf of Nagode Foundation, the Managing Director, Afriglobal Commodities, an affiliate of Nagode Foundation, Mr. Maneesh Garg said that the conglomerate commits several millions of naira to Corporate Social Responsibility efforts in Nigeria under its view- ‘Inspiring Africa’ which is involved in an array of activities including assisting SMEs growth, providing diagnostic centres and equipment for various ailments as well as assistance for children living with cancer.
Ogunrinde says: “the problem is not the unavailability of jobs, as there are actually jobs all over the place but the major bottleneck is the inadequacy of skilled people for the available jobs, hence we at FSD are filling the gap created by inadequacy of skills. For about 15 years of operations, we have achieved more than 85% success in this noble endeavour, a story that is verifiable and measurable. We have worked with several partners who do follow-ups on our graduates and have been satisfied by our strive”.

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