Lagos Set To Commence Training Of Artisans In The Built Sector

As part of strategic moves to bridge the skill gap in the Housing sector, Lagos State is set to commence a comprehensive training project targeted at Artisans and Craftsmen in the Sector.

The skill acquisition programme which is tagged “Master Craftsman Training Programme” which commences on 19th August 2023 is to enable residents mainly youths in the construction trades to update their skills and acquire other competencies that will make them more employable and hence improve their economic well-being.

­­Speaking in his office at Ikeja, the Permanent Secretary Mr. Kamar Olowoshago said the intensive training programme will be for six weeks. It will be a weekend programme that will be centred on critical construction trades such as Electrical Installation and Maintenance Works, Painting and Decorating, Plumbing and Pipe-Fitting, Carpentry and Furniture Making, and Masonry (Block laying and Concreting). There will also be

classes on connected areas such as Customer Relations, Information and

Communication Technology and Health and Safety. The training will be conducted by experts in the field who will train and retrain participants based on current trends. Locations of the present training programme are at Ikotun in Alimosho local government and Ikorodu in Ikorodu Local Government.

In a statement by the Director of Public Affairs, Adeola Salako, the opportunity is open to residents that are above 18 years. Applicants must have evidence of being registered with the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency. They must also have basic training in the skills, either in technical colleges or through the informal apprenticeship method. The selection process will be based on first come, first served.  Forms can be obtained at the Director of Administration and Human Resources  Office,  Ministry of Housing Lagos State. 

each certified master craftsman with over 70% attendance will receive Certification from a notable professional institute,  empowerment with modern tools of their trade, work gears, and stipends by the State Government.

He advised participants to prepare for comprehensive practical and theoretical sessions during their training adding that the trainees will be fully insured during the training period in the unlikely incident of hazards or dangers during the practical sessions.

According to the programme consultant, Mr. Razak Jaiyeola, there will be classes on connected areas such as Customer Relations, Information and Communication Technology, and Health and Safety during the programme.


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