Higher education doesn’t always have to be within the four walls of a university. An excellent alternative is enrolling at a good vocational school that provides hands on training and awards you a degree within a shorter time frame when compared to a university.
There are many vocational colleges in Nigeria that offer training in courses ranging from banking to cosmetology.
Best Vocational Schools in Nigeria
Opral Benson Beauty Training Institute
OBBTI is the pioneer beauty training institute in Nigeria. It was established in 1985 in Yaba, Lagos. It has the infrastructure of a vocational school and provides training in hair dressing, cosmetology, makeup, massage, facials and so on.
These courses could either be full time and part time depending on your choice course. The minimum entry requirement into this school includes 5 credits in the WASC examination and at the end of your training a certificate of completion or a diploma is issued depending on the duration of your course.
The Lady Mechanic Initiative
LMI was established in 2004 and has trained over 800 from inception till date. Founded by Sandra Aguebor, LMI is committed to empowering young girls and women with technical and mechanical skills to become competent in the field of automotive repair.
Also, they are involved in partnership with local and international organizations which have sponsored the training of many female mechanics.
Rosegabriel is committed to raising a generation of men and women with the adequate skills and entrepreneurial drive to change and shape the landscape and future of the fashion and catering industry in Nigeria and beyond.
This training school specializes in courses such as catering and hotel management; fashion and textile design; event planning and management.
Some of the core subjects taught include: clothing construction; pattern crafting; fashion illustration; tie and dye; cosmetology; bakery and confectionary; food and nutrition; floral and textile decorations; and events planning.
At the completion of these courses, a certificate of completion or a diploma degree is awarded to the successful candidates.
Mix ‘n’ Bake
Mix ‘n’ Bake is a confectionary school with centers in Ojodu, Maryland, Ikota, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Warri.
The training at mix n bake covers cake making, decoration, pastry making, bread making and event decoration.
The faculty at Mix ‘n’ Bake comprise of tutors with diverse experience and some of the courses offered include beginner intermediate baking and cake decoration; combined courses in baking; cake decorating; catering and cookery; sugarcraft course; specialty baking course; cocktails drink class; human, cartoon and animal modeling; and many other.
Generally, the training at Mix ‘n’ Bake is quite flexible as they allow for private training and weekend training for busy individuals.
Lagos State Skill Acquisition Center
Lagos State is one of the states known for economic empowerment and one of their signature projects is the skills acquisition centers that offer free short training in vocational courses.
Some of the courses offered include bead making, aluminum fabrication, tile laying, wheel balancing, vulcanizing, hair dressing, photography, fashion designing and many more.
They currently have 17 centers which have produced thousands of graduates since inception.
Youth Empowerment Nigeria
YEN is a not for profit organization that offers training in different courses such as sugarcraft and cake decoration, cocktail mixing, make up and gele tying and many more.
At the end of your training, YEN offers graduate interest free loans which enable them to set up businesses.
Their mission is to support and promote youth initiative and empower them to live a value added life.
National Institute of Information Technology
NIIT is a global leader in skills and talent development that was established in Nigeria in 1999. The first centre was located in Ikeja, Lagos; however it has grown to 19 centers in different parts of the country. These include centers in Abuja, Ajah, Asaba, Benin, Eket, Festac, Ibadan, Ikeja, Kaduna, Lokoja, Makurdi, Maraba, Minna, Offa, Onitsha, Owerri, PHC, Surulere and Warri
NIIT is focused on courses in information technology and has been involved in the creation of skilled ICT manpower. They have trained over 160 000 students in the past 16 years. Each year, 16 000 students enroll in the different NIIT centers in the country.
Graduates of NIIT are awarded either National Innovative Diploma or a National Vocational Diploma depending on the course completed.
Benson Idahosa School of Basic and Apllied Studies
Located in Benin, Edo State, this school offers a National Innovative Diploma (NID) in courses such as paralegal studies, multimedia, innovative agriculture, film and TV production, banking operations, performing and media arts and much.
Kano Innovative Vocational Technology Institute
Located in Kano State, this is another good vocational institute. KIVTI offers courses in carpentry, welding, fabrication and computer studies.