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The Aliko Dangote Foundation-VDMA Technical Training Programme 2020


The Aliko Dangote Foundation-VDMA partnership involves the collaboration between the Aliko Dangote Foundation, the VDMA (Mechanical Engineering Industry Association) and its Foundation for Young Talent in Mechanical Engineering (Nachwuchsstiftung Maschinenbau gGmbH – NWS). The idea of establishing a shared Vocational Skills Training Programme arose from a shared vision about addressing the serious deficit in vocational skills required in the manufacturing sector in Nigeria.

These organizations have both been involved in promoting dual track technical and vocational training and education for many years. In addition to that, the enhancement of the Nigerian-German relationship between companies and related institutions is another key matter of importance.


The training concept is based on dual-track vocational training which combines theoretical and practical aspects. This holistic approach reflects the needs of the industry and provides the trainees with a realistic and practice-oriented training addressing all required hard and soft skills. The inclusion of cutting-edge technologies such as the digitalization of industrial value-chains is at the heart of the training programme.

Due to the close strong involvement of the Dangote Group and other Nigerian companies the course content is consistently geared to the practical requirements of the local industry.

Trainers of the German training service provider Professional Training Solution GmbH (PTS) ensure a first-rate training programme. They are highly-qualified with long-standing experiences in technical and vocational training worldwide. PTS has been successfully providing its services for international customers for more than 35 years. This company was selected for the Nigerian-German training initiative due to its expertise and excellent reputation. Furthermore, trainers of Dangote Academy have been professionally trained by PTS in order to conduct the courses within the Dangote-VDMA Technical Training Programme.

  • Combines Nigerian requirements with German expertise and technology know-how
  • Includes theoretical as well as practical modules at companies
  • Instructions by Nigerian educators and trainers trained and qualified in collaboration with German
  • High-standard facilities with modern equipment, learning tools and appropriate accommodation for the trainees
  • Benefit from NWS’ long-standing experiences in industry-ready vocational training
  • Access to a lively network of Nigerian and German companies

The courses are open to the following groups:

  • School leavers and trainees seeking qualification in the occupational fields of mechanics, electronics and mechatronics
  • Technical specialists from companies in the manufacturing industry, who seek further training as part of their professional activity
  • Instructors who seek empowerment to conduct advanced training and courses

The course programme focuses on three core disciplines:
– Short Courses Mechanical Programme
– Short Courses Electrical Programme
– Full Trade Vocational Training Mechanical Programme

  • Seven short courses for advanced training which last between 2 and 4 weeks and
  • a 30-month professional, dual full trade vocational training course Participation in the Advanced Training Short Courses is open to:
  • Technical specialists from companies in the manufacturing industry, who seek further training as part of their professional activity
  • Instructors who seek empowerment to conduct advanced training and course


  • Admission age bracket: 16–24 years
  • Educational background: 5 credits in O’ Level Sciences
  • Possession of one of the following certificates: WAEC (SSCE), NABTEB (NTC), NECO (SSCE)
  • School Testimonials


The training takes place at Dangote Academy, the Dangote Training Centre in Obajana where the partners have built up additional training facilities for the Nigerian-German training project. This state of the art centre is equipped with modern classrooms, computer and technical drawing rooms, library as well as with electrical, automation, instrumentation and mechanical workshops.

There are also accommodations for the students, a cafeteria and an administrative wing. Modern leisure facilities are in planning and will round off a pleasant stay on the Dangote Academy Campus.

Campus, Dangote Academy

The Academy in Obajana sits on a 24 Acre land with the following facilities: An Administration Building, 500- seater Auditorium, Classroom Block, Cafeteria, Workshops, Halls of Residence and a recreation centre.

Workshops and Equipment
There are five workshops situated at the Academy with German state-of-the-art equipment:

  1. Mechanical, Welding/ Brazing Workshop
  2. Industry Mechanics, Machine Fitter and Metal Worker Workshop
  3. Applied Electric/Electronic, Plumbing and Refrigeration Workshop
  4. Hydraulic/Pneumatic, Mechatronic/Control of Machinery workshop
  5. Industry Mechatronics Workshop

Dangote Academy has two hostels; one male and one female hostel which provides accommodation for trainees throughout the duration of their program. The hostels are well equipped with basic amenities such as constant water and electricity supply, common room, laundry room etc.

All enquiries related to this Technical Training Scheme course should be sent to: [email protected]
Admission will be subject to passing an Aptitude Test and an Oral Interview

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Dangote Foundation-VDMA Technical Training Programme 2020


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