Taking advantage of digital transformation that is sweeping across globe, Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) has signed a three-year partnership agreement with Yaba College of Technology, to develop student talent for careers in the printing technology industry in Africa. The partnership, which is the first of its kind, is meant to drive printing technology skills among tertiary institutions in Nigeria and Africa, beginning with Yaba College of Technology in Lagos.
To boost the partnership, Canon has equally donated a Canon 850 Series Digital Imaging Machine to boost learning of print technology in the school.
As part of the partnership, Canon would support students in their professional development by conducting print workshop training with Canon specialists.
The partnership with Yaba College of Technology is an extension of Canon’s Miraisha Sustainability Programme, an initiative that was launched in late 2014, aimed at building the capacity and talent of people in the African countries in which Canon operates by leveraging the company’s imaging heritage, advanced technological strengths and innovations.
The programme aims to improve the knowledge of digital printing and related technical skills of Nigerian students specialising in this sector.
Announcing the partnership at the school premises recently, Canon executives said the first activity to be run under the partnership, would be speciality training that would last one week and would be conducted by a professional print manager from Canon.
The main goal of this partnership is to support students in their training and facilitate their professional integration in the industry by offering access to professional machines and a space for meetings and experience with experts, the Canon executives said.
Managing Director CCNA, Roman Troedthandl, said: “During our collaboration with the school, we will provide a platform to develop the printing skills and give new opportunities to students. This will be achieved by providing them with innovative tools, practical training and modern skills necessary for proactive participation in the Nigerian economy.
Pleased with the partnership, the Rector of the school, Obafemi Omokungbe, said the printing technology machine donated by Canon, coupled with the planned training of the students, would no doubt further expose the students and help them in acquiring modern technology skills in printing technology.