The unique cooperation between migration expertise, local university and private sector opens perspectives for the local population, the business location and companies
ENUG, Nigeria and VIENNA, November 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — To November 25, 2022A Vocational Training Facility, Practical Skills Center and Godfrey Okoye University European Business Park opened in Enugu, Nigeria. This unique combination of private sector commitment and skilled worker training will enable 100 people a year to complete dual training as plumbers, electricians and master builders.
The practical training is carried out by the companies based in the commercial area, the theory is taught in the practice center. The business park was built by private investors. However, the practical skills center is implemented by the International Center for Migration Policy (ICMPD) in cooperation with private investors as well as the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), while the operational support is provided by the GIZ funded by the federal government. Godfrey Okoye University is a local partner and provided the land for the site. In addition, the university certifies training and further education and offers opportunities for further professional development. As part of this cooperation, the skilled workers are also prepared for the job market/private investors through an entrepreneurship program (STEP).
“A high and professional level of training helps everyone involved: people find qualified work, there is a sustainable transfer of knowledge and companies have well-trained workers at their disposal,” says the ICMPD Director General Michael Spindelegger about the main benefits of the initiative. “For us, it’s about respectful cooperation on an equal footing, from which all sides benefit – the people, the country and the companies.”
One of the goals of the initiative is to create perspectives for the local population. The skilled worker training corresponds to European standards and is based on the dual principle of theory and practice. At the same time, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are to be attracted Nigeria with its large and growing market of over 220 million people. The three major barriers that prevent SMEs from locating in African countries have been overcome by the business park: firstly, the infrastructure of the business park meets European standards and the park has its own independent energy and water supply. Second, security is assured by the commercial park’s partnership with Godfrey Okoye University (a Catholic university), a famous local institution. Third, companies have access to skilled workers that they helped train in their own operations.
“Many European companies see the opportunities that exist in many African markets. Normally only the really big ones dare to take the step. That is why we have created the conditions for SMEs to be able to establish themselves in a secure and stable environment.”,” says ICMPD Director General Michael Spindelegger. “Given these opportunities, many companies are willing to get involved in the training of their soon-to-be hired workers. On this basis they can then participate Nigeria growing and untapped market of over 220 million people.”
The aim is to expand the range of training courses in the areas of building technology, IT, food processing, textiles and tourism from 2024, to offer corresponding training positions and to attract new companies. A business incubator is also planned to open in 2025 to help people become self-employed and start their own business. All of the funds invested in the business park, amounting to EUR 4.5 million, came from Austrian investors. The operating costs of the competence center are borne by the federal government via GIZ as the main sponsor and ADA.
One of the companies that have settled here so far is the manufacturer of pipe systems KE KELIT, the construction company Elite Bau, the installers Elektro MERL and the baking company Gragger. The companies appreciate location factors such as the lack of a language barrier (the official language is English), the additional training in entrepreneurial thinking, the time difference of only one hour and the tax and legal support for start-ups by employees in the European Business Park.
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About the International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)
The International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is an international organization with 19 member states and more than 460 staff. It is active in more than 90 countries worldwide and pursues a regional approach in its work in order to create efficient cooperation and partnerships along the migration routes. Areas of focus include Africacentral u South Asia, Europeand the middle East. His three-pillar approach to migration management – structurally linking research, migration dialogues and capacity building – contributes to better development of migration policies worldwide. That Vienna-based organization has a mission in Brusselsa regional office in Malta and project offices in several countries. ICMPD receives funding from its member states, the European Commission, the United Nations and other multilateral institutions, as well as bilateral donors. Founded in 1993, the ICMPD has UN observer status and works with more than 700 partners, including EU institutions and UN agencies.
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