As part of efforts to reduce unemployment in the country, the Nigerian British Chamber of Commerce, NBCC, has graduated its first set of students – Cohort 1.1 from the NBCC Tech Academy.
Fifty students went through three months of intensive training in Data
analytics; Product and UI/UX Design and thirty of them successfully graduated after fulfilling all necessary requirements.
The Tech Academy was established to mentor and train young people in Nigeria, particularly women, in order to provide them with the necessary technical skills as part of the Chamber’s effort to promote economic growth and accelerate the adoption of technology.
In a remark during the graduation ceremony at the NBCC headquarters in Lekki, Lagos, the Chamber’s President
and Chairman of Council – Bisi Adeyemi, pointed out that despite the sector’s expansion, it is yet to impact the unemployment rate, which had increased from 32.5% in 2021 to 33% in 2022.
She explained that the Academy had more applications from the gentlemen, Mrs Adeyemi stated that this fact further highlights the need to be more purposeful in drawing more women into the Science, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, STEM fields.
In an address of welcome, the Chairman, Technology Committee, NBCC, Mrs. Solape Akinpelu, described the graduation day as a momentous occasion that marks both an end and a new beginning, emphasizing in particular that “it’s pleasant memories of the past and great expectations for the future.”
Some of the NBCC Academy Tech graduates, including the best graduating student, Frank Okafor and
Edeze Chibueze Peter noted that though rigorous, the confidence they had gained
from the three months programme and the professional marketing value with prospective employers are
The next cohort of the NBCC Academy is scheduled to commence in March, 2023 and attendance is free.