Honeywell Group has partnered with the British Council and LEAP Africa, a not-for-profit organization, to jointly organize a two-week intensive corporate internship programme enabling participants from different secondary schools in Lagos to gain life-changing and career inspiring work experience.
The programme tagged Fast Forward, an initiative co-funded by both the British Council in Nigeria and the MacArthur Foundation is designed to equip young Nigerians with required employability skills and plug practical-knowledge gaps using the work-based learning approach for 1000 beneficiaries across Lagos, Rivers and Cross River states.
The initiative is targeted at students between ages 14 and 18 from public secondary schools.
Commenting on Honeywell Group’s decision to support the Fast Forward initiative, Mrs Juliana Esezobor, head, Group Human Resources of Honeywell said that “the Group’s involvement in the programme further demonstrates its commitment to promoting business orientation and education, especially among young Nigerians, similar to the Honeywell Excellence Programme and Honeywell Flour Mills Plc Baking School initiatives, which are platforms that help young Nigerians develop business management capabilities.”
“We are interested in programmes and other social impact initiatives aimed at preparing today’s youth for future business leadership and, ultimately, economic development”, she further said.
One of the participants, Marvelous Adeleke, commended Honeywell Group and its partners for their contributions to youth development and capacity building, and enjoined other organisations to emulate the kind gesture.
Miss Adeleke added that the programme was quite hands-on on personal and interpersonal communications skills, goals setting, innovation, problems solving and team building.
This pilot scheme of the Fast Forward initiative was designed to rally a total of 1000 senior secondary school students from 20 public secondary schools across three states under the supervision of 300 teachers and school administrators.
All participating students had parental consent and were accompanied by a teacher (primarily for a supervisory role) in line with the British Council’s Child Protection Policy. The internship programme was held from 21st August to 31st August.