Educating Every Nigerian Child Our Priority – Stanbic IBTC Trustees

Stanbic IBTC Holdings, a member of Standard Bank Group, reiterated its commitment to equip Nigerians with digital skills that enable them to be competitive in the tech-savvy industry and advance in their careers. The Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Demola Sogunle, recently stated that DiSEP was a programme designed to provide Nigerian youths with digital skills training that would improve their abilities and broaden their digital scope, giving them an edge in the job market. In his remarks, Dr. Sogunle noted that Stanbic IBTC's digital talent initiative had enabled young Nigerians to build and develop required tech skills. He added that the programme targeted the scarcity of tech skills within the ecosystem. “The DiSEP initiative was designed to enable young tech talents easily acquire top-notch digital skills required to compete in an ever-evolving tech world. The online intensive programme was designed to train Nigerian youths in basic computer literacy programmes, software development and other digital skills to build their capabilities and broaden their digital scope, which would give them an edge in the skilled labour market,” Demola said. “Asides making the youths employable, DiSEP encourages young people who are resourceful, hardworking and passionate to develop the required skills to fast track their career growth. We are happy to host another set of young Nigerians through the DiSEP 2.0 programme and we are confident that they are going to make us proud.” He noted that the end-to-end financial institution spearheaded the digital revolution in the tech sector through facilitating educational courses, capacity-building initiatives, and skills acquisition programmes. In the same vein, Funke Amobi, Country Head, People and Culture, Stanbic IBTC, said that to fully embed the needed digital skills in the programme participants, Stanbic IBTC partnered with tech experts to train eligible candidates, build their digital capabilities, and broaden their ICT knowledge scope to make them fit for hire as Stanbic IBTC digital talents and be globally competitive. Amobi stressed that the organisation would continue to strive in the digital space not only by advancing the technology sector but by also training the needed human capital to drive the industry. “The programmes involve training and reviews after which top students will be placed on the merit list of employment into Stanbic IBTC. Other graduates will be released back to the job market to enrich the market with their digital skills as part of the financial institution’s CSI initiatives. This plan will amplify Stanbic IBTC’s contributions to enhancing digital skills in the Nigerian market,” Amobi said. According to her, training and certifications offered under the DiSEP programme cut across Cyber Security, Cloud Engineering, C# NetCore, DevOps, and Java Spring Booth. Stanbic IBTC said it remained committed to effectively equipping Nigerians with digital skills to make them innovators for a better future.
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Stanbic IBTC Trustees Limited, through the Stanbic IBTC Education Trust (SET), has made assisting Nigerian parents and guardians secure their children and ward’s academic future one of her top priorities.

SET is a flexible and easy investment plan with long-term benefits that support parents and guardians striving to provide quality education for their children and wards.

With SET, parents and guardians can ensure the payment of their children and wards school fees as education-related expenses are directly effected to the institutions of learning be it elementary to tertiary levels. This action ensures that unforeseeable events do not cause a disruption in their education which may negatively impact their future.

Education trust funds are invested in conservative type instruments and professionally managed and administered by a reputable Corporate Trustee and Fund Manager.

Parents and guardians can also nominate their children and ward’s SET accounts as a beneficiary for their life insurance policies a clear example is the Group Life Insurance Policy. Situations like this would ensure that the portion allocated to each child’s SET account is received and utilized for the child’s education. This has proven to be extremely beneficial if the child is a minor (under 18 years of age) or still in school.

Speaking about the positive impact of SET on the Nigerian child, Mr. Charles Omoera, Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Trustees Limited, said that the organisation understands the significant impact of quality education on every child and the positive effect it will have in shaping their future.

Mr. Omoera urged parents and guardians to put in place SET for their children and wards to help them address any adverse circumstances likely to halt their education. He stated that parents and guardians must always strive to give their children and wards quality education, to position them for rare opportunities attached to the benefits of having quality education.

Stanbic IBTC Trustees remains committed to ensuring that Nigerian children have access to quality education from elementary to tertiary education to help develop their minds and contribute meaningfully to society.


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