Bosch Nigeria is a partner of the iCreate Festival 2019, where the festival aims to bring awareness of various vocational training, which is essential for building talent in Africa. Skills enhance lives, which is the fundamental reason for Bosch Nigeria for collaborating with iCreate Festival. The festival brings awareness to various skillsets such as hairdressing, plumbing to name a few, Bosch Nigeria focuses on the construction segment of the iCreate Festival initiatives where Bosch Power Tools is the preferred power tools used by the competitors in the participating segments. Additionally, Bosch is supporting with technical expertise and training focusing on safety.
Bosch Nigeria participated in the Regional Technical and Vocational Skills Competition in Kaduna (Northern Region) on the 26th-27th April 2019 and in Enugu (South East) on the 19th-20th July 2019. The National Finals is scheduled to take place in Lagos (South West) on the 4th-5th December 2019. All three events will also feature exhibitions, entertainment and panel discussions around TVET and youth empowerment.
The Skill Competition element of the event engages young skilled Africans aged between 18 and 28 to hone their skills and to compete with the very best in their sector such as carpentry, tiling, plumbing, automobile mechanics, solar or electrical installations, welding and fabrication, garment-making industry, make-up art, shoe and leatherworks, art, app development, graphic design, web design, robotics and cooking.
In 2018, Bosch Nigeria and other partners like GIZ, Sterling Bank Plc, Julius Berger Nig. Ltd, Mafita UKAid, the German Embassy Abuja, Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and Trace amongst others played strategic roles as major sponsors of the event. For Example, 45 winners from 14 skill trades received cash prizes, equipment, endorsement deals, internship and job placements, training and mentoring. The 14 Gold medallists were crowned as iCreate Skill Champions representing each trade and will attend the World Skills Competition in Kazan, Russia in August 2019.
The Skill Competition is an innovative strategy to curb the high youth unemployment, promote skill excellence and prepare youths for jobs of the future. By directing attention on vocational skills, iCreate Africa is addressing the societal perspective affecting the acceptance of technical skill trades while upgrading the value of skilled professions.