Ekiti State Partners Microsoft in Empowering Youths in IT Skills

Ekiti State Partners Microsoft in Empowering Youths in IT Skills

Ekiti State government has made a landmark across the country by being the first state in Nigeria to partner with Microsoft to train her youths in Information Technology related skills.

This was made known by a press statement made available to the press on Monday, confirming the partnership between the state and Microsoft to train and certify no less than 2000 youths in IT skills to improve their chances in the post-COVID-19 market.

The program which is part of the State Government’s strategic focus on the Ekiti Knowledge Zone initiative is focused to help citizens acquire skills and “develop pool of knowledge to attract both domestic and international technology companies”.

It reads partly; “Ekiti State Government has partnered Microsoft Nigeria to train thousands of unemployed & underemployed youths across the state on new digital skills through the Global Skilling Initiative.

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“The State Government has also committed to pay for certification examinations of up to 2000 residents in various skills of their choice through the programme to improve their credentials.

“The programme, designed by Microsoft, and its partners, LinkedIn and Github, will help young people acquire skills needed to make them more employable in the post-COVID-19 marketplace. Entrepreneurs and business owners can also participate in the programme, to build the capacity of their various employees to promote professionalism, improved work output, and excellent service delivery. The programme is available at http://microsoftskills.ekitistate.gov.ng.

“Applicants will be trained on various skills such as; Customer Service, Digital Marketing, Financial Analysis, Graphics Designing, IT Support/Help Desk Technology, Project Management, Sales Development, Data Analysis, IT Administration, and Software Development. Successful participants will acquire industry-recognized IT Certification.”

Furthermore, the statement revealed that the Global Skilling Initiative which is part of the Microsoft’s response to help 25 million people worldwide acquire new digital skills for the #COVID19 economy, will end in March 2021.

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