The Federal Government of Nigeria has collaborated with Wema Bank’s digital platform, ALAT, to launch the FGN/ALAT Digital Skillnovation Programme for Youth and Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). This ambitious initiative is designed to empower and equip three million young Nigerians and small business owners with essential digital skills, providing a comprehensive range of digital training across the nation.
The primary objective of the FGN/ALAT Digital Skillnovation Programme is to bridge the gap that has long hindered small businesses in accessing both funding and the digital skills necessary for survival and growth in the modern economy. This visionary partnership represents a significant step towards fostering digital literacy and entrepreneurial growth in Nigeria, contributing to the long-term economic development of the nation.
Empowering Youth and Small Businesses With Digital Skills
The global economy has been rapidly evolving, with the digital landscape becoming increasingly vital for businesses and individuals alike. To stay competitive and seize the opportunities of the digital age, there is a growing need for practical, hands-on training in digital skills. Recognizing this need, the Federal Government and Wema Bank’s ALAT have come together to address the challenge.
The FGN/ALAT Digital Skillnovation Programme aims to empower and equip two million Nigerian youth and one million MSMEs with the skills necessary to thrive in the digital age. This program will create a level playing field by offering access to digital training, which is often the differentiator between thriving businesses and those struggling to stay afloat.
Tunde Mabawonku, the Executive Director of Retail and Digital Business at Wema Bank, has emphasized the transformative potential of this initiative. He stated, “The FGN/ALAT Digital Skillnovation Programme is a transformative opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs, job seekers, and professionals across Nigeria. The program will build a marketplace for young entrepreneurs to gain digital skills that would open doors to sustainable career development and expose small-scale business owners to funding and grants.”
Application and Selection Process
Interested individuals and businesses can apply for this program from October 13 to 31, 2023, through the official website, fg-skillnovation.alat.ng. The selection process will involve shortlisting applicants based on their qualifications and potential to benefit from the program. This rigorous selection process ensures that those who participate are genuinely committed to acquiring digital skills and advancing their businesses.
State-of-the-Art Training Facilities
To facilitate the training, the FGN-ALAT Digital Skillnovation Programme will establish Digital Skillnovation Hubs across Nigeria in a phased approach. These hubs will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, creating an immersive and conducive learning environment. By providing cutting-edge resources and a collaborative atmosphere, the program aims to maximize the learning experience for all participants.
A Comprehensive Curriculum
The program offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to equip participants with a diverse range of digital skills. It’s essential in the modern digital age, which demands proficiency in various aspects of technology. The curriculum includes, but is not limited to, software engineering, product design and management, business analysis, cloud computing, and product design. These courses will cater to a diverse spectrum of digital expertise, ensuring that participants gain a holistic understanding of the digital landscape.
Over the course of the program, participants will be taken through these essential subjects, enabling them to acquire the skills necessary to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape. The goal is to provide a holistic and well-rounded education in digital skills that will benefit both individuals and businesses alike.
The Launch and Its Impact
The FGN/ALAT Digital Skillnovation Programme was officially launched on September 28, 2023, and is open to all Nigerians who are eager to develop their digital skills and enhance their business portfolios not only within Nigeria but also beyond its borders.
This collaborative initiative signifies a significant step toward closing the digital skills gap, fostering entrepreneurship, and enhancing the business landscape in Nigeria. It holds the potential to accelerate economic growth and provide opportunities for countless young entrepreneurs and MSMEs to thrive in an increasingly digital and competitive global marketplace.
In an era where digital literacy and skills have become essential for personal and business success, the FGN/ALAT Digital Skillnovation Programme is a beacon of hope for millions of Nigerian youth and small business owners. By providing access to training, resources, and opportunities, this program is a testament to the commitment of both the Nigerian government and Wema Bank’s ALAT to drive economic development and empower the next generation of digital entrepreneurs. It promises to be a transformative force in the lives of those who participate, equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the digital age and beyond.