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Vocational Skills Training: the Dangote Foundation and VDMA Collaboration 

The Aliko Dangote Foundation is collaborating with the VDMA (Mechanical Engineering Industry Association), giving an opportunity for Nigerians to better the manufacturing sector of their country. As it is Germany’s first employer sector, we know this country for its know-how and knowledge that could benefit Nigerians’ desire to better this industry. With inspiring goals, this collaboration brings German and Nigerian companies together, as they take part in this programme. This also gives Nigerians the opportunity to explore their potential. 

The Programme requirements


The Programme gives the opportunity to gain theoretical knowledge and put it into practice. It comprises multiple short courses on electrical and mechanical engineering, with a duration between 2 and 4 weeks. Then, trainees get to deepen their understanding by learning and practising in a Dangote Group company, for 18 months, with a dual vocational training full trade course. The most brilliant would stay for 12 additional months and further their know-how. Indeed, the first programme teaches basic engineering while the second one focuses on Mechanics and Electrics.


To take part in the short courses, you must be: 

-a technical specialist working in the manufacturing industry who wants to gain skills while working  

-a trainee or someone who left school and is searching for a specialisation in mechanics, mechatronics and electronics 

-a trainer wanting to provide courses and share this kind of knowledge 

Advanced training with short courses is also available to the first, and third categories quoted above. It comprises diverse courses, in mechanics or electrics. On the other side, the dual vocational training is only available if you: 

-are between 16 and 22 years old  

-have 5 credits in O’ Level Sciences  

-have either a WAEC (SSCE), NABTEB (NTC), NECO (SSCE) certificate 

-are a graduate of Technical College

-can provide school testimonials 

The Benefits

Thanks to this programme, you would get: 

-a valuable experience in the manufacturing field 

-theoretical and practical courses  

-access to innovative technologies and the digitalisation of the field 

-courses in high-standard facilities 

-proximity to German and Nigerian companies well-known in the field  

-good qualification to find an adequate job  

-training at Dangote Academy, Obajana 

-so much more 

How Do I apply to the Dual Vocational Training? 

To apply, kindly click here. Please note you only have until April 30th to do so. The application is free, but you can only apply once or you will get disqualified. Want to know more? Visit the official website or take a look at the official brochure.