Training and Mentoring Unemployed Graduates, A Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of IBM


Gbolade is a subject matter expert in IBM Mobile First Foundation 8.0 and IBM Cognos 11.0 report and dashboard development. He was nominated IBM corporate social responsibility to tutor and train 72 unemployed graduates and also lead the project execution. Using the two aforementioned technologies to the project debut their career as entry level professionals; the 72 unemployed graduate trainees were selected by a consulting outfit West Africa Vocational Education (WAVE) based on qualitative analysis and logical reason tests.
34 trainees were trained on IBM Cognos business Intelligence development and 38 trainees trained in the art of creating mobile applications using the Android, iOS and Cordova with the IBM Mobile First Foundation 8.0 for the backend, push notifications and enterprise security enforcement. Also, the IBM Data Power was included in the security framework for authorizing the user profile, if the enterprise using the IBM Mobile First Foundation 8.0 is a large enterprise.

The set of Business Intelligence Developer Trainees were divided into 3 groups and each group was to execute the Dashboard project under the supervision of the Trainer. The dashboards were created and implemented to run on android or iOs devices using the IBM Cognos mobile applications. The projects were executed using the IBM provided data warehouse running db2 in the IBM cloud. The dashboards were created using the IBM Cognos 11.0

Dashboard Project implemented by the Business Intelligence Development Teams
Team 1: A Dashboard showing the organizational performance of the Company
Team 2: A dashboard showing the analysis of Employee performance of the Company
Team 3: A dashboard showing the product profitability of the company

On the other hand, the Mobile Application Development team was divided into two Teams.

Mobile Application built by the Mobile Application Development Trainee Teams

Team 1: Developed a Mobile Application to assist commuters to book journeys in Lagos metropolis and help the terminal administrator programme the buses across the bus terminals for efficient and profit commuting. The app was developed using on flavor of ionic framework and Mobile First Foundation in IBM Cloud

Team 2: Developed a mobile Application to evaluate the common opinion about
political office holders. The project is implemented using the Cordova JavaScript framework.

These projects were developed to kick start the industry experience for suitable employment. The trainings and project implementation was done within the duration of 4 weeks and all the trainees have been certified by an IBM proctored testing center. 4 trainees have been employed while the remaining are currently at the final stage of the interview process.

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