On Wednesday 24th of June, 2015, ETIWA hosted its formal launch event.  The event was held at the serene and ambient WheatBaker Hotel, located in Ikoyi Lagos.  It was a fitting setting for the guests who arrived at the venue, CEOs, Technical Directors & Training Managers of top multi-nationals companies in Nigeria, Representatives of Foundations and relevant Government Agencies.


One would be forgiven to think that the breakfast meeting was purely about white-collar networking and deal making. In actual fact, it was more about the critical issue of blue collar training and development.  It was the formal launch of ETIWA Vocational Training Limited.


Along with the CEOs and Technical Directors of major multinationals, the event had in attendance, His Excellency Mr. Sean Hoy The Irish Ambassador to Nigeria, Engineer Olawunmi Gasper, the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) and Mr. Karl Fitzpatrick of Chevron Training, Ireland (Technical Partners to ETIWA), who all gave brief remarks and speeches at the event.


Some of the key issues highlighted by the speakers were the importance and value of re-skilling to economies, taking a cue from the Irish example, the need for collaboration and partnerships among training institutions, private sector and government to address challenges of vocational education, and the credibility which a multiple accreditation partner like Chevron Training brings to the ETIWA offering.


In delivering the key note speech, Mr. Connie Guilfoyle, a Director at ETIWA and chief host highlighted the dire need for up skilling in the Nigerian vocational industry and the impact it would have on job creation and improved incomes among other development indices. 


The Event also provided an opportunity to introduce ETIWA’s Sponsor-An-Apprentice Scheme, a CSR initiative which provided organisations and individuals the opportunity to invest in the future of young people and benefit from same.


From Left to Right:

Connie Guilfoyle-Director ETIWA, Karl Fitzpatrick- MD Chevron Training, Engr. Olawumi Gasper- Exec. Secretary LASTVEB, Andrea Geday- Director ETIWA, Sean Hoy- H.E The Ambassador of Ireland, Alex Nedar- Director ETIWA and Chuma Anosike, Legal Adviser at the ETIWA Breakfast Launch Event, held at the Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi.