VDT Graduates Modular Trainees, Calls for Improved IT Education

VDT Communications Limited, a broadband communications company with operations across Nigeria, has graduated the second batch of candidates from the organisation’s Modular Trainee Engineers’ programme.
MD/CEO of VDT Communications, Mr. Biodun Omoniyi, said the VDT Modular Trainee Engineers’ programme was necessitated by the need to contribute the company’s quota as part of its corporate social responsibility activity, to reduce the teeming population of unemployed youths in our country.
Ominiyi has also called on the government, education administrators and corporate organisations both in the private and public sectors to join hands and do much more to close the gap between theoretical and practical experience in the country’s education system.
According to him, such a move was imperative to give applicants in the country the much needed practical experience that would increase their employability, thereby significantly reducing unemployment in Nigeria.
He stated that having identified the challenge, VDT decided to take the bull by the horns by initiating the modular trainee engineers’ programme for fresh graduates in Nigeria.
“Advertisement is run annually to get the fresh graduates to apply for the programme. There is a selection process involving an assessment test and an interview, due to a large number of applications usually received coupled with limited training facilities,” he said.
He said after the test and interview, the successful candidates are enrolled into the programme which last for one year. “The programme is completely free of all charges. Rather than charge the trainees, the VDT pays all the candidates a stipend while undergoing the training,”he added.
Omoniyi also emphasised that the company even went  beyond the training, by offering jobs to a number of successful trainees depending on the available vacancies.
On the impact of the programme, he said: “Already, we are receiving success stories from other organizations, as our trainee engineers are among the best candidates considered for employment.”
He pointed out that though the percentage of unemployment in Nigeria was very high with 23.9 per cent all time high as at January 2012  with over 16 million able Nigerians unemployed, but added that a closer look at the issue however, indicates that a good percentage of unemployment in Nigeria is heightened not only by lack of jobs but also lack of experience and competency on the part of the applicants, especially in practical experience.
VDT Communications is an ISO 9001:2008 Certified company and winner of several awards including  â€œBulk Internet Provider  2011 & 2012” and “Wireless Backhaul Provider 2009 & 2010”. It provides digital leased circuit, wireless network and corporate internet services. The company operates one of the most advanced telecommunications networks in the country primarily by the convergence of multiple networks into one.

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