Imaging Solutions Firm, CCNA Partners Moves to Develop Student Talent for Careers in Africa’s Printing Industry

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Imaging solutions leader, Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA), has signed a 3-year partnership agreement with Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) in Nigeria to support students in their professional development by conducting print workshop training with Canon specialists.

The partnership with Yabatech is an extension of Canon’s Miraisha Sustainability Programme. The initiative, which was launched in late 2014, aims to build 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 80 Nigerian students specializing in this sector.

The first activity to be run under this partnership is specialty training that will last one week and will be conducted by a professional print manager from Canon.

The theme of this training will be colour management and will alternate between practical and theoretical courses. It will enable students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and manage colour parameters in digital documents and printing, which will allow them to further improve the quality of printing and offer an ever more qualitative service to their future customers.

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. With the third-largest youth population in the world and a median age standing at about 18 years, Nigeria’s development is dependent on its youth.

More than 70% of the country’s population is under the age of 30 according United Nations (2015). It is important that students receive the necessary training to be able to succeed and support the economic development of the country.

“During our collaboration with the prestigious College, Yabatech, we will provide a platform to develop the printing skills and give new opportunities to students,” said Roman Troedthandl, Managing Director at CCNA.

“This will be achieved by providing them with innovative tools, practices and modern – skills necessary for proactive participation in the economy. Indeed, the training workshop will offer unparalleled prospects for graduates to broaden their horizons and take advantage of employment opportunities that support this remarkable population growth,” he added

“Canon is a trusted partner in the transformational growth of Africa,” added Dr. Adeyemi Kunle, the Dean of School of Arts, Design & Printing at Yabatech.

By investing in youth, creating tangible opportunities for career development and promoting the printing industry through innovative solutions, Canon creates a vibrant growth ecosystem in Nigeria and the Continent,” he said.

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