One of the world’s premier digital industrial companies, GE has given reasons why it decided to launch an e-learning portal at the recently concluded Lagos Garage Week 2018.
The company said it is in line with its commitment to skills development and the empowerment of entrepreneurs in Nigeria that it launched the Lagos Garage advanced manufacturing training program with the objective of extending the training program’s reach to thousands of Nigerians across the country.
“Our goal is to empower Nigeria entrepreneurs with the relevant skills required to compete on a global scale. I’m happy to say that so far, over 250 people have successfully graduated from the advanced manufacturing training program we offer here at the Garage,” said Patricia Obozuwa, Director, Communications and Public Affairs, GE Africa at the launch of the portal.
With the launch of the portal, interested entrepreneurs will no longer have to be physically present at the Garage to benefit from the innovative training the hub offers. The platform will make the training on offer at GE hub reach a much wider audience than ever before, thus increasing the number of beneficiaries and making it more impactful.
The portal was launched during GE’s Lagos Garage Week 2018, a year-end series of events held annually at the Lagos Garage which is located in GE’s Lagos office in Victoria Island. During Garage week, GE opens up its innovation hub to the public for interested entrepreneurs to register for carefully curated courses in advanced manufacturing and business development. Courses on offer introduce participants to principles of 3-D printing and rapid prototyping as well as a range of business development skills in Finance, Personal Branding, Marketing and Innovation.
Launched in 2016, the permanent installation of the Lagos Garage, is a hub for advanced manufacturing-based innovation, strategy development, idea generation and collaboration. The Garage offers year-round series of skills training programs focused on building the next generation of Nigerian entrepreneurs. Till date, 250 entrepreneurs have graduated the program having been trained to use the latest in advanced manufacturing technologies; 3D printers, CNC mills, and laser cutters as well as in business development.