Business Education Service & Training Unit

The BEST Unit of the Chamber renders a broad spectrum of Business Development Services to members and non-members.

These services cover Training (Skills and Cognitive), Business Clinic and Business Information Services.

Some of the activities and achievements of the LCCI BEST Unit are as follows:

Mentoring Skill Programme

The LCCI Entrepreneurship mentoring programme is a Corporate Social Responsibility; an initiative of the Chamber which started 4years ago. The scheme structure helps successful business entrepreneurs to serve as Mentors to young/potential business owners. It is run as a class room and on the job attachment module.

The programme has become a legacy and leading Business nursery field in Nigeria with the Scheme contributing meaningfully to youth development and entrepreneurial mindset.

Since 2013, when LCCI commenced the mentoring programme, it has graduated a set of 245 Mentees out of which many mentees received different national awards.

Mentee Testimonials

Some Graduate Profiles

Eso Akintunde a graduate of the 2016 LCCI Mentoring programme is the CEO of ASSORTED234, a Bread and Confectioneries firm located in Lagos Nigeria. Eso Akintunde is a beneficiary of the BOI SME Fund of the sum of ₦2 million. He established a bakery immediately after the mentoring programme. He is still monitored.
Gbemisola Esho the CEO of Bata Esho is a female entrepreneur who specializes in making shoes and bags from Raw Leather and Ankara fabrics. Gbemisola Esho is a beneficiary of the 2013 LCCI Mentoring Program. She participated in the ’’Meet The Executive’’ project of Sterling Bank Plc in 2014 where she emerged winner out of the 1,000 contestants.
Celestina Utoro, CEO, Catyna Ventures (Designs) specializes in the production and installation of various types of window treatments and soft furnishing. In 2012, she launched Catyna Designs, a new innovation in the Interior Decoration/Soft Furnishing Industry in Nigeria using Nigerian Indigenous Fabrics such as Adire (tie and dye). Celestina Utoro a graduate of the 2013 LCCI Mentoring Program is an Awardee of YouWIN (Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria, an innovative business plan competition), 2014.

Dual Vocational Programme

As part of the LCCI’s effort to ensure World Class vocational training for our youths by creating an abundant pool of technical skills from which our industries may fetch to satisfy their thirst for vocational skills; The LCCI currently runs a Dual Vocational Training program in collaboration with the German Ministry of Industry and Commerce and the German Chamber of Commerce.

Its goal is to champion mainstream deliverable technical skills to upscale production in our industries and the country at large. The first phase of the partnership programme commenced in 2015 and the second phase is currently ongoing. Over 200 youths have benefited from the programme over the last three years. The areas of focus include Industrial Mechanics, Industrial Electronics, Technical Facility Management and Office Administration. The Lagos Chamber and other partners are working assiduously to sustain the programme beyond 2018 when the partnership expires.


Developing The Capacity Of SMEs

In its effort to develop the capacities of SMEs, the LCCI evolved training programs which are targeted for sectors human capital development. Areas covered include General Management, Marketing Sales, Human Resource, Client Service, Finance, Project Management. Workplace Productivity, Quality Assurance in Organisation, Personal Management, Leadership and Corporate Governance, IT programs including Microsoft Products and Cyber crime, Target Setting, Communications, Research, Constraints Management and Business writing skills among others.

The LCCI in this year alone has trained 343 participants in the open training sessions while 100 participants were trained in the special workshop program. The testimonials from participating companies revealed a positive improvement in the knowledge, skills and attitude of their workforce. Through this effort, the LCCI is positioned as a training institution recognized by the buyers of Business Development Products in Nigeria.

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry is certified has an Accredited Management Training Institution by the Federal Government having met the eligibility requirements of a recognized professional training institute.


Partnership / Collaboration

The LCCI enters into meaningful partnership and collaboration with notable international and national organizations in its quest to provide entrepreneurial business development skills and services towards the development of a vibrant Small and Medium Enterprises sector.

The LCCI is currently in a partnership project with the British Council where it serves on its external advisory committee on the FAST FORWARD PROJECT. The FFP is a teaching employ-ability skill providing work-based learning opportunities to secondary school students to better prepare them for work. LCCI members are required to provide students with internship opportunities in their respective selected sector organizations after the completion of these training.

The LCCI is also into collaboration with the Lagos State University to develop and provide diploma and postgraduate diploma courses in entrepreneurial studies that is focused on the understanding and management of human and material resources that are taught with specific entrepreneurship techniques that will result in the effective management of businesses for growth and sustainability.