Polaris Bank Nigeria, in collaboration with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and NerdzFactory, has launched a capacity building workshop on digital skills for 5,000 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members across 12 states.
According to the bank, its initiative aims to give young Nigerians relevant, employable digital skills with a focus on enhancing the youth’s capacity for self-sustenance in terms of innovation, creativity, digital skills, business acumen, and relevance in the 21st-century economy and workplace.
According to Polaris Bank’s Group Head, Product & Market Development, Mrs. Adebimpe Ihekuna, “This partnership is part of Polaris Bank’s commitment to youth development and empowerment in Nigeria which aligns with the bank’s strategic CSR pillars.
“We see the need for a work-ready and digitally equipped youth which has informed Polaris Bank’s partnership with NerdzFactory to make a difference and provide 5,000 NYSC members with digital skills needed to start a successful career in paid employment or create their own businesses as entrepreneurs.
“As an enterprise poised to meet the financial needs of the youths in the digital age, especially in post-COVID-19 era with its attendant challenges, we want to equip as many young Nigerians as possible, with requisite digital skills to give them a good headstart and help them achieve economic stability.”
The training, which will run across two quarters comprises, courses such as basic digital literacy, cyber security, data science, product design, software development (back end), product management, blockchain technology, mobile app development, 3D and virtual reality, and software development.
Participating Corps members from Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Kaduna, Kano, Plateau, Delta, Rivers, Enugu Imo as well as Abuja will benefit from this initiative.
It would be recalled that Polaris Bank, in conjunction with Digivate 360, held similar digital training in eight locations – Lagos, Enugu, Abuja, Kano, Ilorin, Port Harcourt, Abeokuta, and Benin in 2019 and 2020.
Polaris Bank was named Digital Bank of the Year (2021) and (2022).