The Federation of Construction Industries (FOCI), an umbrella body for construction and engineering companies in Nigeria, has adopted innovative and technologically advanced models to improve the skills of artisans.
The construction sector has been beset by the lack of qualifications and skills required by artisans to carry out the work in the sector.
But FOCI, as part of efforts to bridge the gap, has established a skills academy in Abuja and has partnered with stakeholders to train artisans in the latest skills to acquire the skills needed for jobs in the sector.
FOCI President, Engr Nasiru Dantata addressing the participants of UNESCO Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for Construction Industry Training which was organized in partnership with FOCI Skills Academy and Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET (BILT), said artisans were key players in the construction industry.
“FOCI is a voluntary organization that cares about the way we work, and we also care about our employees.
“The biggest thing that has happened in the industry in the last five years is COVID-19, although the construction industry has rebounded and we are fully occupied with state support and of the federal government as well as the private sector who engage us. Thus, many of our members are back to work.
“Today we are discussing the cooperation that FOCI continues to establish with very strong credible international organizations around the world to support our efforts to develop qualified Nigerians with whom we can work across our industry.”
He added that the partnership with BILT aims to deploy the best models of training employable craftsmen all over the world.
The Director General of the FOCI Skills Academy, Olubunmi Adekole, on her part, said that the academy is one of the institutions chosen by UNESCO to benefit from the programme.
She said, “So the point of this program is that whenever there is an innovation in the workplace, we quickly turn that innovation into training so that people can come in and be trained in that innovation and so learn skills that make them ready to work anywhere. in the world.
“So what we do is we train artisans who are ready to work and we partner with UNESCO to learn better ways to do it.”