As part of efforts to support the development and growth of technical education in Nigeria, Alpha Mead Facilities, the facilities management subsidiary of leading Total Real Estate Solutions and Healthcare Management Services Company, Alpha Mead Group, employed 25 graduates of the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board, LASTVEB at its graduation ceremony recently in Lagos.
The event which was held at the Government Technical College, Agidingbi, Ikeja, in partnership with International Facility Management Association Nigeria Chapter, graduated forty (40) students of various Government Technical Colleges in Lagos in a ceremony titled “Graduating to Employment: The Opportunity to Excel”

While heartily congratulating the graduates, Managing Director, Alpha Mead Facilities, Mr Wole Olufure noted his delight to the maiden edition of the engagement and affirm the group’s support to the effort of government in bridging the employable skills gap in the country.

According to him, “Investing in technical capacity development is a crucial component of national development, but over time we have come to hold it in disdain and favour academic education. Over the past ten years, LASTVEB has consistently bridged this gap by providing students with occupation-specific skills and we recognize their impact, most especially in the Facility Management Industry. Being a very expansive area of human activity, these graduates with vocational and technical skills, play a vital role in advancing ethical and standard Facility Management practices in this country. This commitment is the beginning for us as we will continue to support the board to ensure the sustainability of this initiative.”

The President of the International Facility Management Association Nigeria Chapter, Mr. Segun Adebayo also shared his delight of the success of the maiden engagement while encouraging the students to be reliable responsible ambassadors of the college, he said “The outcome of today’s event is important as it’s the maiden edition which will birth subsequent editions in the future. The support of this initiative doesn’t just end here as we know it is the way of supporting the future of the built industry as artisans and technicians are very crucial to making business sustainable.”

Speaking on the support of the group, the Executive Secretary of Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB), Ms. Moronke Azeez, said, Last month, over 3,200 students of the college completed the Student Industrial Wealth experience and these students have gone out to be ambassadors. As we educate these students, we are also consciously improving our teaching and mechanics to deliver quality. We trust and hope that we will continue to grow this relationship as supports like this will assist in achieving the mission of the board and its efforts.”
The event also had in attendance ESV. Donald George, Managing Director, Synced Integrated Services Limited; ESV Stephen Jagun, Managing Director, Jagun Associates and 1st Fellow of International Facility Management Association in Africa and College faculty members.

Also speaking at the event, one of the graduating students, Samuel Anifowoshe expressed his excitement and gratitude, saying, “I have learnt a lot as LASTVEB has continued to train and build not just our skills but persons. I am very grateful for this opportunity; it has enabled us in moving forward in the right path.I am very grateful”
Over the years, Alpha Mead Group has played a role in supporting skilled graduates, most especially technical graduates in transiting into the employment world and equipping them with practical training.