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Samsung Pledges to Train 10,000 Engineers in Africa By 2015

May 22, 2014

Samsung Electronics on Wednesday pledged to train 10,000 electronics engineers across Africa by 2015 in its 'Samsung Engineering Academy'. Mr Brovo Kim, the Managing Director, Samsung Electronics, West Africa, disclosed this in Lagos at the graduation of the academy's first set of 72 technical students.

He said that the academy was a part of the Global Samsung Hope for Children Outreach programme, which offered one year, free training courses for beneficiaries. Kim said that the outreach programme was aimed at improving the quality of technical education in public secondary schools across Africa.

He said that the pilot phase of the Samsung Engineering Academy programmes started in South Africa in 2011. According to him, it is also running in Ethiopia and Kenya, with plans to extend the initiative to more African countries by 2015.

As Samsung expands into Africa, we are striving not only to act ethically, but to positively impact the communities where our consumers live. We believe we will have the greatest impact by connecting our CSR initiatives to our history and core business.

"Skilled graduates are key to helping us reach our business goals, providing us with a workforce of technicians and exclusive service experts needed to differentiate Samsung as a quality service-oriented company," he said.

Kim said that the 72 graduate students drawn from Government Technical College, Agidingbi, Ikeja, had successfully completed one year specialised training at the academy.

The chief executive explained that they were trained to repair and service modern digital electronic devices such as LCD TV's, Smartphones, refrigerators, air conditioners and laptops, among other appliances.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Samsung Engineering Academy was launched two years ago by Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, to fast-track employment opportunity for African youths in the electronics market.

Ms Ronke Azeez, Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Eko Secondary Education Project, commended Samsung for maintaining an international standard for the academy.

Azeez appealed to Samsung to double its present enrolment, due to the high demand for such skills in Nigeria.

"These graduates have been equipped with the world-class skills to build a better future for themselves and to play an integral part in driving the economy of the state forward," she said.

NAN reports that the academy is a public/private partnership initiative involving Samsung Electronics and the Lagos State Government. The academy is run through the World Bank-supported Lagos Eko Secondary School Education Project.

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Source: AllAfrica

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