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Field Ready and Ladol Upskilling Academy to host virtual meetings of the Field Ready Nigeria Alliance

Field Ready and Ladol Upskilling Academy to host virtual meetings of the Field Ready Nigeria Alliance

On 2 June 2021, Field Ready and Ladol Upskilling Academy will host the Field Ready Nigeria Alliance virtual meeting.

The theme of the meeting is “Building a Workforce that Thrives”.

Keynote addresses on behalf of the Government of Nigeria will include:

  • Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation
  • Simbi Kesiye Wabote, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB),
  • Ajuri Ngelale, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Public Affairs (OVP), Nigerian Presidency

The meeting will incorporate a panel discussion with the focus “Building a flexible workforce that thrives despite uncertainty”. This discussion will include perspectives from companies representing some of the major industrial players and education institutions in Nigeria. Field Ready’s founder, Phil Andrews, will facilitate the session and will seek perspectives on building a quality entry level workforce and the role of industry in supporting our young women and men to secure decent work in the labour market. The panel includes:

  • Wale Adediran, HR Director, Flour Mills Nigeria (FMN) and President and Chairman of Governing Council, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM)
  • Jide Jadesimi, Executive Director, LADOL
  • Obafemi Omokungbe, Rector, Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech)
  • Peju Adebajo, Industry Expert
  • Olumide Adediji, Human Resources Manager, Fan Milk/Danone Nigeria

The meeting is by invitation only, it will be hosted on Zoom from 10:00-12:00 on Wednesday 2nd June 2021. To request a copy of the agenda and to register to attend, please make your request by emailing

Elefedo Idachaba, Director of Field Ready Nigeria, said: “Ahead of the first Field Ready programme to launch at Yaba Tech later this year, we are delighted to be hosting this important meeting for Nigeria, focused on building a workforce that is fit for industry despite the past year’s uncertainties, by bringing leading government and industry representatives together”.

Jide Jadesimi, Executive Director Business Development said: “Nigerian Industry has enormous growth potential. The Construction sector is expected to grow by more than 9% per year from 2022 to 2031, almost tripling in value from $3.3 billion to over $9 billion.

But a lack of skilled workers – from carpenters and painters to electricians – is limiting the industry’s potential. Improperly trained workers slow down projects, increase risks and costs. Today, Nigeria imports workers to take on jobs that Nigerians will be doing tomorrow: with the right training and skills”.

Student representatives from previous Field Ready programmes

About Field Ready

Field Ready operates an Alliance of companies and government collectively to bridge the gap between young Nigerians leaving education and starting employment. The Field Ready employability programme prepares women and men with the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to thrive in decent jobs with great companies. The first pilot programme will run at Yaba College of Technology in 2021.

About Ladol

The LADOL Group has been in business for over 15 years as the first indigenous African world class integrated shore base, operating in the West African sub-region. USD500 million has been invested into the LADOL Free Zone, transforming it into the only fully integrated Logistics Base and the Mega fabrication yard in West Africa. We are well respected in the petroleum industry for excellent logistics and service delivery. Our clients include international oil companies such as TOTAL, Shell, Chevron, Equinor, Nigerian oil companies, as well as offshore contractors including Technip FMC and Schlumberger.

We are very excited and honoured to be the first Alliance partner of Field Ready in Nigeria and look forward to raising the bar even higher for upskilling and employability training in Nigeria. Human Capital development is as vital for LADOL as infrastructure development, which is why we are building an Upskilling Academy. The first school in the Academy, is called SANTA and will be training 500 apprentices annually in phase one. SANTA will focus on oil and gas and non-oil and gas Technical Vocational Educational Training. In Phase 2 we will expand and open additional schools in the Academy to cover a range of courses including maritime certifications from OPITO to STCW standards.

For more information on Field Ready Nigeria, contact Elefedo Idachaba at or visit

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