Business Education Services & Training Unit
The BEST Unit of the Chamber renders a broad spectrum of Business Development Services to members and non-members. These services cover Training (Skills and Cognitive), Business Clinic and Business Information Services.
Some of the activities and achievements of the LCCI BEST Unit are as follows:
1. Mentoring skill Programme:
The LCCI Entrepreneurship mentoring programme is a Corporate Social Responsibility; an initiative of the Chamber which started 4years ago. The scheme structure helps successful business entrepreneurs to serve as Mentors to young/potential business owners. It is run as a class room and on the job attachment module. The programme has become a legacy and leading Business nursery field in Nigeria with the Scheme contributing meaningfully to youth development and entrepreneurial mindset.
Since 2013, when LCCI commenced the mentoring programme, it has graduated a set of 245 Mentees out of which many mentees received different national awards.
2. Below are testimonials from the LCCI mentoring program:
Eso Akintunde a graduate of the 2016 LCCI Mentoring programme is the CEO of ASSORTED234, a Bread and Confectioneries firm located in Lagos Nigeria. Eso Akintunde is a beneficiary of the BOI SME Fund of the sum of N2 million. He established a bakery immediately after the mentoring programme. He is still monitored.
Gbemisola Esho the CEO of Bata Esho is a female entrepreneur who specializes in making shoes and bags from Raw Leather and Ankara fabrics. Gbemisola Esho is a beneficiary of the 2013 LCCI Mentoring Program. She participated in the ’’Meet The Executive’’ project of Sterling Bank Plc in 2014 where she emerged winner out of the 1,000 contestants.
Celestina Utoro, CEO, Catyna Ventures (Designs) specializes in the production and installation of various types of window treatments and soft furnishing. In 2012, she launched Catyna Designs, a new innovation in the Interior Decoration/Soft Furnishing Industry in Nigeria using Nigerian Indigenous Fabrics such as Adire (tie and dye). Celestina Utoro a graduate of the 2013 LCCI Mentoring Program is an Awardee of YouWIN (Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria, an innovative business plan competition), 2014.
What mentees are saying about the LCCI Mentoring Program.
* Folashade Ojebiyi – CEO, Alphacedar (Mentee 2013)
“The LCCI mentoring programme has assisted my personal and business development. It has built me up personally and changed the fortune of my business. It was during the mentoring sessions that I got an idea and developed the packaging of my honey in smaller cups which was launched at the mentoring program”.
* Seyi Abolaji – Co-Founder, Wilson’s Juice (Mentee 2014)
“Before I attended the LCCI Mentoring Programme, I and my partner were simply focusing on working hard not knowing there are some principles that must be applied to succeed on the business. Through the training program we were taught to work smart by thinking and planning globally so as to be able to compete globally. We also learnt a lot about keeping financial records and this helped us a great deal because our sales tripled between 2014 and 2015. We experienced an amazing growth from the time we started the Mentoring Program and now”.
* Kasope Ladipo - Ajai, CEO Omoalata Food Services (Mentee 2014)
“If I think back now, I will ascribe the growth of my business to the information received at the mentoring classes which I applied to my business. I cannot measure the benefit of being in the mentoring classes”.
* Seun Afolabi- CEO Marv - G Designs (Mentee 2015)
“We had a team of experts who were not just interested in training us but growing us as well. Through the trainings received at the LCCI Mentoring Program, I was able to tackle problems facing my business particularly accounting problems”.
* Oladeji Olatunde – CEO Fotolighthouse (Mentee 2015)
The greatest lesson I learnt on the LCCI mentoring program is to be practical in business and be aware of the fact that “Your Business is Your Business” which must be nurtured to maturity.
Dual Vocational Programme
As part of the LCCI’s effort to ensure World Class vocational training for our youths by creating an abundant pool of technical skills from which our industries may fetch to satisfy their thirst for vocational skills; The LCCI currently runs a Dual Vocational Training program in collaboration with the German Ministry of Industry and Commerce and the German Chamber of Commerce.
Its goal is to champion mainstream deliverable technical skills to upscale production in our industries and the country at large. The first phase of the partnership programme commenced in 2015 and the second phase is currently ongoing. Over 200 youths have benefited from the programme over the last three years. The areas of focus include Industrial Mechanics, Industrial Electronics, Technical Facility Management and Office Administration. The Lagos Chamber and other partners are working assiduously to sustain the programme beyond 2018 when the partnership expires.
The Trainer & Some of the Apprentices in Industrial Electronic Profession, Lagos.
08, 04, 2015
At ITF (Industrial Training Fund) Lagos/ Trainers &Some of the Apprentices in Technical Facility Management profession,
06, 08, 2015
Apprentices in Industrial Electronic Profession performing experiment during the Instructional Contact Period at ITF, Lagos, May, 2016.
Apprentices in Industrial Mechanic Profession during practical session at ITF, Lagos 20. 09. 2016
Verbal Testimonials from Participating Companies whose Nominees took part in Office Administration/Project Management
Michael Okandiji – Project Manager, King David Investment Nig Ltd
“It was really helpful, the apprentice, Hadassah Okandeji has gained a lot beyond her expectation and is making good use of acquired skills on the job”.
Folashade Adams- Head, Human Resource of Shepherd Health & Vet Ltd
“Infact the organization should have sent in more apprentices. It was really impactful and we are glad we sent two apprentices namely; Solomon Abimbola Dorcas & Happy Orumwense”
Kunle Oyewole - Joyworld Limited
“There is great improvement in our candidate, Ebenezer Orukotan’s performance. The apprentice is now matured in his thinking. He is now allowed to take certain decisions on his own”.
Emmanuel Olayori - Deputy Director, Admin., Voice of Nigeria
“We sent three apprentices for the programme, Oyeleke Timothy, Dare Ogunrinde and Bello Omotayo. It was impactful and they are now boasting in acquired skills and knowledge particularly Oyeleke Timothy who often boast about exposure to office culture and practices”.
Verbal Testimonials from Companies that took part in Industrial Mechanics profession
“The training has greatly affected the lives of our workers positively”- Kunle Taiwo – Head, Human Resources of Cormat Nig Ltd
“The DVT program seems to be set aside for Nexams Cable Metal Ltd. The Programm is of great impact on our company and our apprentices came out best out of others” - Benedict Osiafiane, Head, Human Resource, Nexams Cable Metal Ltd
“The DVT program was a great help to my 2 staff who participated and my organization is benefiting from the knowledge impacted into them”- Princess Layo Okeowo – MD/CEO of FAE Nig Ltd.
3. Developing the Capacity of SMEs
In its effort to develop the capacities of SMEs, the LCCI evolved training programs which are targeted for sectors human capital development. Areas covered include General Management, Marketing Sales, Human Resource, Client Service, Finance, Project Management. Workplace Productivity, Quality Assurance in Organisation, Personal Management, Leadership and Corporate Governance, IT programs including Microsoft Products and Cybercrime, Target Setting, Communications, Research, Constraints Management and Business writing skills among others.
The LCCI in this year alone has trained 343 participants in the open training sessions while 100 participants were trained in the special workshop program. The testimonials from participating companies revealed a positive improvement in the knowledge, skills and attitude of their workforce. Through this effort, the LCCI is positioned as a training institution recognized by the buyers of Business Development Products in Nigeria.
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry is certified has an Accredited Management Training Institution by the Federal Government having met the eligibility requirements of a recognized professional training institute.
Below are testimonials/feedbacks from some participants that attended the training sessions:
“The Training attended with your establishment has been so impactful and eye opener in solving issues. It is an experience to have a change of view about their office duty and environment” - Onome Onyenania, Human Capital/Admin Officer, Bellforte Integrated Services Ltd.
“A couple of our staffs were privileged to attend a number of your trainings and it actually impacted to a large extent on their jobs. We look forward to your training schedule for this year so as to better equip other staffs. Thank You” – Adebayo Tutu, Human Resource Manager, Priority Communications.
“The experience gotten from your training session has really broaden the capacity and productivity of our workforce. It’s a great thing partnering with you.
Looking forward to a robust 2017”- Bankole Kolawole, HRM, Linkpoint Resources International Ltd.
“We write to inform you that based on the reports of participants at your training programs in 2016 and their improved performances subsequently, Management of Chemtech Group of Companies wishes to express its satisfaction for the knowledge enriching course outlines. However it is our humble suggestion that, the duration of some of the courses should be looked into for better and more impactful training”- Kolade Bello, Head Human Resource & Admin.
. A cross section of participants at one of the open training sessions.
. Participants at a Special Training Session.
4. Partnership / Collaboration:
The LCCI enters into meaningful partnership and collaboration with notable international and national organizations in its quest to provide entrepreneurial business development skills and services towards the development of a vibrant Small and Medium Enterprises sector.
The LCCI is currently in a partnership project with the British Council where it serves on its external advisory committee on the FAST FORWARD PROJECT. The FFP is a teaching employability skill providing work-based learning opportunities to secondary school students to better prepare them for work. LCCI members are required to provide students with internship opportunities in their respective selected sectored organizations after the completion of these trainings.
The LCCI is also into collaboration with the Lagos State University to develop and provide diploma and postgraduate diploma courses in entrepreneurial studies that is focused on the understanding and management of human and material resources that are taught with specific entrepreneurship techniques that will result in the effective management of businesses for growth and sustainability.