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Stanbic IBTC empowers youth with digital skills

Stanbic IBTC Holdings, a member of Standard Bank Group, has kicked off the Digital Skills Empowerment Programme (DiSEP), an initiative, which the bank said, was introduced to bridge the huge tech gap in the ecosystem and avail participants with competitive advantage in the global workforce. According to lender, the programme, which kicked off via a virtual opening ceremony on 23 October 2021 with 221 young Nigerians in attendance, will run for a duration of three months, with the first tranche scheduled to run from October 2021 to January 2022.

It stated that a comprehensive induction session and five global in-depth courses had been included in the programme that will lead to the following top professional certifications in emerging technology: MS Certified Azure Database Administrator, IBM Applied AI Professional Certificate, IBM Cybersecurity Analyst Professional Certificate, Google Certified Associate Android Developer, and AWS Certified Associate Developer. Funke Amobi, Country Head, People and Culture at Stanbic IBTC in her opening speech stated that “DiSEP is geared towards equipping the right candidates with the appropriate skills to excel in this digital era and ultimately prepare them for the future of work.” Amobi further stated: “With our rigorous selection process, we were able to come up with diverse pool of talents from all over Nigeria”.

She further added, “these talents will go through a globally certified process, fully supported and guided by professionals who will transfer the required knowledge and prepare them for the certification exam which would be fully funded by Stanbic IBTC.” “DiSEP further iterates our commitment to youth empowerment in Nigeria, with a focus on closing the gaps in youth employability. Accordingly, we are committed to strategic innovative initiatives like this that will create the next level of tech experts who will change the technology narrative in Nigeria”, she added.

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