30 June 2014

Nigeria: GE Launches Garages Skills Building Centre

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Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Chairman, Dangote Group, John Rice, Vice-Chairman, GE Global, Jay Ireland, CEO and President, GE Africa, Lazarus Angbazo, CEO and President, GE Nigeria and , Engr. Mansur Ahmed, Group Executive Director, Stakeholder Relations and Corporate Communications, Dangote Group at the Lagos Garage graduating ceremony

GE, in partnership with the Dangote Foundation and Points of Light, on Sunday in Lagos, launched the first global installation of GE's Garages programme, an innovation and manufacturing centre, where aspiring makers and entrepreneurs can go to develop new skills and learn about advanced manufacturing technologies.

Garages Nigeria will run from 23 June to 11 July at GE's regional headquarters in Lagos, and will feature curated speakers sessions and workshops amidst a fully equipped fab laboratory.

Participants can work with technical experts and use advanced hardware and software to bring their ideas to life, using equipment like CNC mills, laser cutters, 3D printers, and electrical engineering kits to quickly and collaboratively create new parts and prototypes.

In partnership with the Dangote Foundation and other local partners, Garages Nigeria will expand into a programme dedicated to training skilled entrepreneurs, employable workers and creating employment opportunities.

amongst service suppliers within the growing power generation sector.

GE Africa President and CEO, Jay Ireland, said, "With more than 400 employees in Nigeria and 1,800 employees across 35 countries in the Africa region, GE is committed to supporting economic growth in Africa and driving both awareness and education on entrepreneurship via technology, hardware and software innovations in the industry."

As a significant stakeholder within the Nigerian private sector, the Dangote Foundation will help to produce and maintain the training programme and will collaborate on curriculum development for aspiring entrepreneurs.

With the help of GE Foundation partner Points of Light, GE will activate its 400+ employees in Nigeria, as well as the global African Affinity Forum within GE, to create a network of mentors, coaches and teachers for programme participants.

Director of the Dangote Foundation, Adiahmbo Odaga, said, "I am delighted to work with GE to set up a learning environment that is different from the traditional classroom.

"This programme is unique in that it is focused in both the classroom, as well as in the real-world - providing hands-on training in advanced manufacturing and production technology."

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