What has been happening
The Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board T(LASTVEB) , Mr s . Omo l a r a Erogbogbo has stressed the need for parents and guardians to encourage their children to learn skills through technical education, so that it can earn them a decent living. She made this known, recently, during a media chat on advocacy for the board. The LASTVEB boss enumerated the efforts of the state government in revitalising technical and vocational education. Mrs. Erogbogbo also revealed that students who go through the colleges are exposed to the industry practices, tools and equipment stressing that technical education is not meant for drop out. She also stated that the government is making effort to build more in some parts of the state . Technical colleges are regarded as the principal vocational institution in Lagos State because they are supposed to give full technical training intended to prepare the students for entry into various occupations at the craft level and at the same time prepare them well enough for admission into the tertiary institutions in various engineering, construction and business fields, the Executive Secretary stressed. The board had also partnered with various organisations to create centres of excellence in three technical colleges, the NECA-ITF, Dangote industries, Slot System Limited, Auto-Medics and Lonadek, among others. Erogbogbo added that other support included ; capacity development programmes for practicing artisans in collaboration with the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment as well as Housing; Lagos State graduate vocational employability skills training programme and Enterprise Day. Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) has collaborated with the General Electric (G.E) International Operations to equip students and teachers of the five Technical Colleges in the state with Advanced Manufacturing Programme and soft skills needed to boost their career. The programme was designed to train participants in GE's Digital Industrial leadership in shaping modern manufacturing as well as honing their skills in advanced manufacturing and exposing them to prototype technology. The skill development partnership programme was sponsored by the Lagos State Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment and the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB). In declaring the training open, Executive Secretary of LASTVEB, Mrs. Omolara Erogbogbo, expressed the belief that programmes such as this would go a long way in bridging the unemployment gap as well as addressing skills deficit in the country. Also speaking on the development, the Director, Communications & Public Affairs, G.E Africa, Mrs. Patricia Obozuwa, acknowledged that the initiative was aimed at promoting ad v an c ed manufacturing and technology in the modern work environment by extending the GE Lagos Garage Entrepreneurship Programme to students.