Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has officially opened Helog Academy of Liberia to give the youth marketable skills and aptitudes for the job market.
Speaking at the opening ceremony in Schiefflien, Margibi County, Robertsfield Highway, VP Boakai said the academy prioritizes and enhances youth employment.
He said Helog Academy falls in line with the government’s efforts to bridge the gap in youth employability.
“The need to give our youth marketable skills and aptitudes for the job market has continued to occupy a top place in this government’s Agenda for Transformation.
“Nearly a year ago I was honored to officially launch the country’s National Policy on Technical and Vocational Education and Training at the Ministry of Education in Monrovia to help build the capacity of our young people in various fields of study.”
He stated that a year before the launch of the National Policy on Technical and Vocational Education and Training, he addressed the validation of TVET policy in Paynesville at which they publicized the dire need for a national policy that addresses the skills deficit in the country.
He stressed the importance of maintenance to the effectiveness and longevity of vital equipment that perform the tasks of development.
“This is clearly obvious that proper maintenance continues to elude very important and high cost equipment, thus causing scarcity to persist. This institution comes in handy to help us tackle that aspect of our manifold challenges in this sphere,” he stated.
VP Boakai used the occasion to caution the students to exercise discipline to enable them to achieve quality education to help their country as better engineers, industrial mechanics, among others.
The chairman of HELOG Academy Wolfgang Zagel disclosed that the academy is a free of charge institution intended to support the Ministry of Education and Youth and Sports to provide technical education and training (TVET) of industrial mechanics and biomedical engineers in Liberia.
He explained that the academy is an international training facility supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as well as the German Chamber of Commerce, the ruling body for vocational training in Germany.
Chairman Zagel explained that the free of charge academy is intended for youths and cautioned the students to focus on their lessons and be disciplined if they would complete their training programs.
“We will monitor the attendance of students carefully. All students should be on campus by 9:00 a.m. exact for classes and any student who stays out of school for three days will be dropped from the academy.
“Successful beneficiaries of this training would be provided with scholarship opportunities, find internship positions among other great opportunities to help Liberia get the best engineers, computer analysts the country needs to get moving,” he assured.