A construction firm Dutum Construction Company Ltd has launched a capacity development initiative to promote knowledge sharing in Nigeria’s construction industry.
The capacity development initiative called the Dutum Internship Academy Program is designed to produce skilled professionals in a wide range of departments connected to the construction industry.
Through the initiative, young, talented members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) will have the opportunity to acquire hands-on training and practical exposure to the construction industry and a possibility to kick start their careers.
Successful intakes to the program will work with professionals in Civil and Structural Engineering, Architecture, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Business Administration, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, and IT to have hands-on knowledge of the workings of the construction industry.
Speaking on the Dutum Internship Academy Program launch, the Managing Director of Dutum Company Ltd, Temitope Runsewe, said capacity development initiatives such as this provide opportunities for the construction industry to improve the quality of service.
He also believes widespread knowledge of global best practices in construction could help reduce building collapses and defects.
“We have seen how knowledge sharing and capacity development initiatives in Tech are helping to create a culture of excellence; our goal is to replicate this in the construction industry,” Runsewe said.
“We intend to work with our partners in the construction industry to provide learning and mentorship opportunities for those who are considering the industry for careers. We believe this will have huge multiplier effects on the economy in the long run.”
Recently, at an Employability Fair organized by the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), the President of the body, Taiwo Adeniyi, noted how the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened Nigeria’s employment crisis which the National Bureau of Statistics put at 33.3 percent in Q4 2021.
Also, at the event, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, noted that bridging the skills gap has become a cause of concern to the government because skills mismatch was a significant cause of the employment crisis in the country.
Runsewe noted that the Dutum Internship Academy Program would help address this unemployment crisis and skills mismatch in Nigeria, especially among youths.
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He concluded that the initiative is timely and would help upskill the unemployed, address skills mismatch, contribute to the economy and continue the impactful work of creating and retaining thousands of jobs for hardworking professionals across multiple fields within and around the construction industry.
The deadline for applying to the Dutum Internship Academy Program (DIAP) 2022 is March 10, 2022, and interested applicants are invited to apply by clicking here.