SKILL G SKAD 4: The Skill G Add-Ons (SKAD) training has concluded its fourth cohort of participants. SKAD, a collaborative effort between Skill ‘G’ and TETFund, is designed for lecturers and technologists from public tertiary institutions in Nigeria. It continues to make significant strides in advancing technical education and training in the country.
SKAD 4 focused on lecturers and technologists primarily from polytechnics in the South-South and South-East geopolitical zones of Nigeria. Within this cohort, 32 participants received specialized training in the operation and maintenance of TETFund-sponsored equipment. The training encompassed four distinct tracks: Autotronics, Electronics, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC), and Mechatronics.
Closing Event: Celebrating Achievements and Acknowledging Leadership
The closing event for SKAD 4 was a momentous occasion, moderated by Engr. Okolie Chijioke Sampson, the Project Manager of SKILL ‘G’ Group. Sampson began by expressing gratitude to TETFund, particularly acknowledging the instrumental role played by Executive Secretary, Arc. Sonny Echono, in the establishment and success of SKAD. He then proceeded to provide an overview of the program’s journey, from inception. Sampson also emphasized the importance of participants transferring the knowledge they gained during the training to their students, thereby ensuring the continued growth and success of the SKAD initiative.
Testimonials: Voices of Impact
Representatives from each of the four SKAD classes had the opportunity to share their experiences and insights:
Engr. Anietie Ekpo, representing the Autotronics class from Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, expressed appreciation for the initiative and facilitators. He highlighted the enriching experiences gained from Skill ‘G’ programs and commended the introduction of new equipment models. Ekpo also expressed gratitude for the toolbox provided by SKILL ‘G’.
Ekanem Oto-Obong, speaking on behalf of the Refrigeration & Air Conditioning class from Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, praised the program’s facilitators as “perfect and sound.” He credited SKAD for exposing participants to new concepts and fostering innovative ideas.
Engr. Aniekan Ben Inyang, representing the Electronics class, suggested incorporating communications training and practical experiments involving graph plotting into SKAD.
Engr. Prince Nwankwo, representing the Mechatronics team from Federal Polytechnic Oko, expressed gratitude to TETFund and Skill ‘G’ Group for the SKAD training. He praised the hospitality and instructors while recommending extended class time for more collaborative learning.
Conclusion: TETFund’s Impact on Technical Training in Nigeria
The successful conclusion of the SKAD 4 cohort highlights the significant strides made by TETFund and Skill ‘G’ Nigeria Limited in advancing technical education and training in Nigeria’s public tertiary institutions. As SKAD continues to empower lecturers and technologists with valuable skills and knowledge, the ripple effect on students and the nation’s workforce is undeniable. TETFund’s commitment to fostering such partnerships and initiatives reaffirms its dedication to the growth and development of technical education in Nigeria. With each passing cohort, the SKAD initiative brings us one step closer to a more skilled and competent academic workforce for the future.
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