GE targets skills development with Lagos Garage
General Electric (GE) has launched its Lagos Garage to enhance skills development and creativity among Nigerian youths.The company, which recently graduated the third batch of 28 young Nigerian entrepreneurs from its Lagos Garage, a hub for advanced manufacturing-based innovation, strategy development, ideas generation and collaboration, said the platform would enhance entrepreneurial development in the country.
It added that the graduates joined the programme in the first week of June after a rigorous selection process, and were trained four weeks in advanced manufacturing technology and business development.
It also provided participants access to a robust mentorship network, supporting entrepreneurship to drive growth across all sectors. GE created the garages experience in March 2012 to reinvigorate America’s interest in invention, innovation and manufacturing.
The company said it was passionate about skills development in Nigeria and was proud to have trained 95 young Nigerian entrepreneurs since the launch of the Lagos hub in November 2016. Director, Communications and Public Affairs, GE Africa, Patricia Obozuwa, said: “The Garage graduates have been empowered to transform their ideas into practical business models, which will have a positive impact on the Nigerian economy by empowering people to create jobs for themselves.”
She said the GE Lagos Garage initiative was created to build Nigerian knowledge and capability, “which will ultimately lead to the creation of more businesses and jobs.”
“Participants learnt how to design and create products, which will help position them as vital players in the advanced manufacturing and innovation ecosystem.“The programme provided participants the opportunity to directly interact with the latest manufacturing technologies, including 3D printers and laser cutters that enable innovation through rapid prototyping,” GE added.