Education

There is only one thing in the long run more expensive than education:
no education.”

– John F. Kennedy, 1917 - 1963

The university and the training centre will use the park‘s infrastructure- Training courses will be aligned with the needs of the companies located at the Business Park. The focus of the available trainings during the first phase (2022-2023) is set on construction and related professions (e.g. plumbing, electrical installations, welders, locksmiths, construction planners, technical drawers, bricklayers, etc.)

Centre of practical skills

The Centre of Practical Skills, a technical and vocational education and training (TVET) facility, is being developed to provide companies investing in the framework of the European Business Park with qualified and certified workers and to create opportunities for Nigerian youth.

The development and implementation of the Centre of Practical Skills is carried out by ICMPD with support of the German government and GIZ (German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH).

The Centre of Practical Skills is being established in partnership with Godfrey Okoye University, one of the fastest growing private universities in Nigeria, providing quality education for a broad range of fields. The affiliation with the university will help to ensure that the graduates can receive certificates recognised by the government of Nigeria. Furthermore, cooperation with European TVET institutions has been established to ensure that graduates are properly qualified to work with European companies.  The university and the Centre will use Park’s infrastructure, and the training courses will be aligned with the needs of the investing companies.

The programme utilises the dual education approach, already well-tested and successfully applied in Europe (e.g. Austria, Germany, and Switzerland). The approach combines theoretical knowledge with practical skills. The practical part of the training is essential, and includes no less than 70% of training spent in practical workshops and/or on-the job training at European partner companies, operating in the Business Park. The training will last up to 12 months, depending on individual job profiles and curriculum. The job profiles will depend on the direct and immediate demands of the companies establishing presence in the Business Park as well as needs of local, national and international companies, operating in Nigeria.

During the first phase (2022-2023) the focus is set on construction and related professions (e.g. plumbing, electrical installations, welders, locksmiths, construction planners, technical drawers, bricklayers, etc.). The prioritisation is based on the needs of already existing partners. For further details on the existing partnerships please refer to the Business Park section. It is planned that the subsequent modules will include training profiles like agricultural technician, textile worker, carpenter, IT technician as well as job profiles linked with the food processing and logistics sectors.

The Centre of Practical Skills will be located next to the Business Park, on the second campus of Godfrey Okoye University in Enugu. The facilities will be rented from the Business Park to ensure security, access to fresh water, internet, electricity and sanitation as well as proximity to the partner companies, enabling an efficient implementation of the dual system training.

The Centre of Practical Skills will strive to ensure equal participation of young women and will reserve a percentage of spots for returnees.

Sustainability & Vision

Providing sustainable livelihoods for the Nigerian youth through education and employment opportunities, while keeping the value added in the country and hence preventing irregular migration.

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Business Park

Creating an eco-friendly self-sustaining park with access to water, electricity and sanitation for companies, students and residents to support economic and social development.

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Start-Up Centre

Partnering with the existing Umuchinemere Procredit Micro Finance Bank Ltd (UPMFB) to support further business development.

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