Bosch Nigeria is a partner of the iCreate Festival 2019, where the festival aims to bring awareness to 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 skill sets such as hairdressing, plumbing to name a few, Bosch Nigeria focused on the construction segment of the iCreate Festival initiatives where Bosch Power Tools were the preferred power tools used by the competitors in the participating segments. Additionally, Bosch supported with technical expertise and training focusing on safety.
Bosch Nigeria intends to participate in all three events taking place across the nation, starting with the Regional Technical and Vocational Skills Competitions in Kaduna (Northern Region) which held from April 26th to 27th, 2019 and followed by regional completion in Enugu (South East) from July 19th to 20th, 2019. The Finals will take place in Lagos (South West) on December 4th to 5th, 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, Julius Berger Nigeria, 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.
The Kaduna event which took place on April 26th and 27th was a success, the experience was breathtaking for the Bosch Brand representation.