For two weeks, 248 students were trained in different skills during the Catalyst Vocational School (CVS) skills acquisition training held in the Glorious Victory School, Ejigbo, Lagos State. The Catalyst Vocational School is an arm of The Catalyst Crew, a non governmental organization (NGO), aimed at supporting humanitarian efforts and to drive poverty out of the country.
The training were on: Catering and Baking, Cinematography (Video and Photography), Events Management and Decoration, Bead and Wire works, and Make up and Headgear tie.
Students trained in the various skills also expressed their happiness throughout the two weeks training offered to them and their plans towards what they have learnt in course of the training.
According to Seyi Owolabi, a student of photography said she is a novice with anything concerning photography except taking photo shots but with the training, she has been able to understand some basic knowledge concerning photography.
“I have no experience about photography when I joined but the impact of this program has made me to understand what photography is all about, also basic settings such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO and the rest which I didn’t know before”
When asked if she decides to establand a business with the training, she said ” I have told my tutor about my plans to get a camera and to start working on it for the purpose of business”
Yusuf Taiwo, of the Events management and Deocrations, said she had learnt a lot based on decorations, which she didn’t have a knowledge of before.
Taiwo, also added that she is planning to venture into the business pending her resumption into the academic institution.
A student of the Makeup and Headgear tie deparrment, Ajibade Mayowa, revealed his decision to take part in the female occupied department.
“Am also into events planning, so I planned to include makeup and headgear tieing, so that they will just be under one umbrella”
He, also said “its really wonderful being the only male among the female and I feel special like when you check other classes, they have mixtures of both gender but down to our class, am the only male, so I feel cool and special and also learning more ideas”.
Sharing her own story about the training, Janet Orhoroho, of the Catering and Baking department, expressed her delight in the training, saying it is a wonderful experience so far and it has been interesting and lovely.
Orhoroho, also expressed her appreciation to the organizers of the programme.
“Its all thanks to The Catalyst Crew and i want to say am grateful for the opportunity because others won’t do their for free, even though we have to buy our materials but it has been a wonderful experience”.
For Olayinka Taiwo, a student of the Bead and Wire works department, the experience gained in course of the training is much, and it has been interesting and easy to learn.
“Have been coping with the training and I have to gather more experience on it because what I have gained in course of the training is much. I didn’t have any formal knowledge about bead making before but when I can here, I realised that bead making is very interesting and sweet to learn”
She added that the organisers of the training have people in mind for them to have brought out the knowledge to share it with others, and with that she is really happy with them.
Moreover, in a bid to experiment knowledge of students of the various departments on the training, the organizers conveyed a project which every departments participated in and a get together party was organized for all during the last day of the training.
Speaking at the party, Godwin Nnadi urged the participants not to used the time and chance coming to the training to be in vain, adding that they must make available means to start a business with what they have learnt.
Adding that if such is alllowed to take its place, it means that the efforts of the organisers and committee of the CVS has been in futility.
However, prayers were also offered for the executives of The Catalyst Crew, organisers and committees of the CVS.