18th August, 2021
A remarkable win for Delta state and its youths as Clickafix academy designed to provide Nigerians with an enhanced vocation skill program launches its first empowerment program in partnership with the state government to upskill and connect over 500 trained artisans to job opportunities across the country via its unique e-marketplace for skill showcase.
This is a part of an agreement by the government with Clickafix Academy to upskill and provide employment opportunities to 50,000 handymen over the next five years.
The empowerment academy determined to help interested and talented individuals develop skills that are beneficial to a wide range of industries developed a series of rigorous proficiency tests which applicants were subjected to, to demonstrate their levels of competence in Electrical Installation, Plumbing and Tilling.
The screening exercise, which was carried out for 371 applicants, had a successful selection of 216 candidates comprising of 163 candidates for Electrical Installation training, 32 Plumbing and 21 Tiling selected candidates respectively, who will be trained to become employable and independent.
What makes this empowerment program further noteworthy and result-oriented is the strategic job and wealth creation edge that the Clickafix mobile market platform brings to play by providing an interface between clients and skilled artisans. In what would be referred to as a win-win situation, clients get access to quality, trusted and skilled craftsmen, and artisans, on the other hand, enjoy adequate representation and better exposure to a larger market online and offline.
Clickafix plays a huge role in the bigger picture of human capacity development by creating an organized sector of buying and selling of handymen services. With the launch of the program, artisans can be upskilled within the walls of a classroom and virtually, to become better knowledge about their craft and refine their branding for networking opportunities online and offline.
The academy’s technology platform on which all successfully trained artisans would be on-boarded ensures that craftsmen can register themselves, upload their qualification details, upload their work details, select the type of services they can provide, define their prices for executing a service, and receive payments.
According to Clickafix’s Head Opportunity Creator, Arusha Goswami, the launch of the Clickafix program in Delta state comes at a time when conversations about expanding human capacity development in underserved areas with excess of talents, are beginning to take front row in sustainability conversations.
“It is time we seek alternative ways of purposeful skill training through customer-centric lens. With the aid of seamless tech integration, we can bridge the gaps in the market for enhancement, deployment and employment of skilled youths. All of these constitute the human capacity development power of the Clickafix program and its supporting technology.”
Speaking on the importance of the mobile market platform launched first in Delta state to ease the lives of the state’s youths and contribute positively to the economy of the state, Executive Secretary of the Delta State Technical and Vocational Education Board, Engineer Smart Ikem said, “This partnership with Clickafix will transform the artisans from local to an international standard certified to work anywhere in the world.” He further assured that the partnership with Clickafix will ensure that successful trainees are on-boarded and linked with clients that need their services.
The Governor of the state, His Excellency Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Aurthur Okowa, ably represented by the Chief Economic Adviser, Dr. Kingsley Emu, flagged off and launched the Clickafix program, advising participants to see the program as a life-changing opportunity and stay committed and focused.
The outcome of the Clickafix program will improve skill technology adoption, expand employment opportunities but most importantly, usher in a new era of growth and development for the Nigerian Youth. Although only just launched in Delta, the management of Clickafix has expressed plans in the pipeline to launch in other states including Lagos state, known for its high population of talented youths, and a market for artisans and their skills.
The management team of Clickafix was flanked at the launch, by the Delta state Chief Job and Wealth Creation Officer, Professor Eric Eboh, the Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Youth, Chairman and DG, Delta State Investments Development Agency (DIDA), Chairman, Technical and Vocational Education Board (TEVB) and Directors from the board, amongst others.