Phillips Consulting Launches Learning Platform for Business Owners


By Dipo Olowookere

As part of efforts to help entrepreneurs, ideapreneurs and big corporate boost learning of work in Nigeria, Philips Consulting, has launched a microservices platform called Micro-Courses.

The platform is a tool that seeks to drive the reskilling of ecosystems and support diverse communities, with interactive platforms that bridge the transition gap into the future.

“Several mega-trends are bringing a radical shift to the way we work, live and learn. We are looking, listening, learning and creating banisters for all genres of the corporate world to transition smoothly on the unprecedented path to the future of work,” a senior Consultant Learning Innovation at Philips Consulting, Mr Fokanferanmi Okojie said.

Work as it is known has always poised to undergo a massive transformation driven by several developments. It has been characterized by conflicting information and rooted behaviours for almost a decade.

This left plenty of room for debates across the advancement of technology, the talent evolution, the data boom, and more.

The reality, however, is that the transformation of work is painting an even bigger picture than we envisioned or planned for.

“The creative destruction of COVID-19 has ultimately led to an acceleration of said changes and workplaces have been taken over by radical innovation,” Mr Okojie added.

Despite emergence from the pandemic lockdown, he said, “Our unemployment rates are skyrocketing daily, youth are shaken and those currently employed are clearly unprepared for the future that is speedily presenting itself.”

“The systems designed to support learning at all levels are just as inadequately prepped for the change. The quality of our long-term professional talent pool is dwindling and the influx of youths into the workforce only fails deeper when they are on-boarded to a corporate system with no plan for the future of work,” Mr Okojie said.

According to Nwaji Jibunoh, Head of Training at Philips Consulting, “Nigeria is at the inflection point where the name of the new game is how best prepared you are for the future. Upskilling yourself will no longer be about fulfilling requirements but about survival”.

Mr Jibunoh stated that as technology continues to evolve and adoption accelerated, moving closer and closer towards fully automated systems, the future of work and the emerging technology skillsets required, are no longer conversations for tomorrow, but rather, for today.

COVID-19 has forced us to re-imagine the way that we work digitally, and it has brought reality into our lives in many unimaginable ways. The growth of the digital workplace will continue unabated.

Meanwhile, the managing director of Philips Consulting, Rob Taiwo said, “COVID-19 has accelerated the rate of technology adoption. Recent pandemic GDP indicators in Nigeria suggest that we will continue to see ICT growth.”

“However, whilst we expect the impact to remain fairly low in the manufacturing sector, we can expect major disruption in financial services and logistics.

“Policy change and training are powerful tools that the public and private sector can use to prepare human capital for the impending disruption,” he said.

As an innovative and tech-driven company, Phillips Consulting has developed a solution that shall address the challenges this current environment faces, adding that the pcl. Micro Courses is a virtually led interactive learning intervention.”

Mr Taiwo said, “Our learning team will psychometrically profile learners and guide them to courses they genuinely need for their development.

“Every course offered is an opportunity to interact with hundreds of minds per bite-sized session and active learners are prioritized into the pcl talent pool for job opportunities.

“These courses will inspire, educate and shape learning for the future, whilst disrupting a stagnant career trajectory.”

Related Stories

Firm Plans ‘Street Food Celebration’ to Showcase Nigerian Cuisine

By Modupe Gbadeyanka On October 1, 2023, food enthusiasts and stakeholders will gather at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos to have a taste of Nigerian cuisine at an event organised by 3X4 Foods, a subsidiary of 3 BY 4 Gourmet. The founder of 3X4 Foods, Ms Banke Makinde, said the programme, Street Food Celebration, would be used to showcase the Nigerian culture, through food, to the world. She said the event would provide an opportunity to celebrate Nigeria’s culture, history, and people through street food, and promote cultural entertainment, and delicious gourmet street food. According to her, Street Food Celebration


NNPP Chieftain Blames Kwankwaso for Kano Governor Loss at Tribunal

By Bliss Okperan The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has accused a former presidential candidate of the party, Mr Rabiu Kwankwaso, of being responsible for the sacking of the Governor of Kano State, Mr Yusuf Abba, at the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal on Wednesday. A three-man panel led by Justice Oluyemi Akintan-Osadebay removed Mr Abba as Governor, ordering the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to hand the Certificate of Return to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the poll, Mr Nasir Gawuna. Reacting to the development, a chieftain of NNPP in Southwest, Mr Abass Akande Onilewura, alleged


Supreme Court Blames Electrical Fault for Monday Morning Inferno

By Bliss Okperan The early morning fire that gutted a part of the Supreme Court complex in Abuja has been blamed on an electrical malfunction. The Director of Information of the apex court, Mr Festus Akande, said this on Monday morning when he appeared on Arise Television’s breakfast programme, The Morning Show. According to him, preliminary investigation showed that the fire was triggered by an electrical fault, playing down rumours that the Supreme Court was attacked by arsonists. Attention is on the apex court over the outcome of the presidential election held on Saturday, February 15, 2023. The Appeal Court

More Stories

IdeaGist Accepts Nigeria’s Publiseer for Virtual Incubation Program

By Dipo Olowookere World’s largest virtual startup incubator, IdeaGist, has accepted Nigeria’s digital content distribution company, Publiseer, into its Stage 1 virtual incubation programme. IdeaGist targets startup companies with innovative ideas, providing the necessary tools, opportunities and expertise to help make their mission become a reality. It is a program looking for early-stage startups that have the power to change the world and was founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota by Bir Ventures CEO Hassan Syed, Azeem Amir, Rahul Ranjan, Shahnawaz Khan and Vikas Gupta. IdeaGist is currently supporting over 2,000 startups from more than 300 communities from all over the world.


Excitement As Launches Tuesday

By Modupe Gbadeyanka All is now set for the launch of a new platform that allows everyone to hire a driver anytime, anywhere in Nigeria. The platform, called, is an initiative of a new start-up company and it would be launched on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. On the platform, all users have to do is to sign up and place a request and the driver would be deployed to them in few minutes. Business Post gathered that the herculean tacks associated with finding and hiring a reliable and professional driver have been laid to rest with the introduction of


Nigeria Loses N137.53bn to Gas Flaring in Four Months

By Adedapo Adesanya Nigeria lost N137.53 billion or $330.6 million to gas flaring in four months, as oil and gas firms operating in the onshore and offshore oil fields of the country flared 94.5 billion standard cubic feet (SCF) of gas between January and April 2022. According to the latest gas flare data released by the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), the quantity of gas flared was capable of generating 9,400 gigawatts hours of electricity and equivalent to carbon dioxide emission of 5.0 million metric tonnes. It also added that the defaulting companies are to pay $188.9


FUNAAB Recalls 23 Sacked Lecturers

By Modupe Gbadeyanka The 23 lecturers dismissed by the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), have been recalled by the school’s governing council. Not too long ago, the university’s governing council sacked 23 members of staff on allegations bordering on stealing, absconding from duty and wilful disrespect to constituted authority. The development resulted into a protest which led to closure of the institution. But the school’s authorities rescinded its decision at the end of the 91st meeting of the council held at the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Abuja. A statement issued on Friday by the Head of the Directorate


EFCC Arrests Suspected Fraudster on FBI List

By Adedapo Adesanya  Following the recent disclosure of freshly alleged fraudsters by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 36-year-old Joseph Oyediran, one of key wanted suspects on the list. The commission took to its twitter handle to announce the arrest of the suspect, including a mugshot of his arrest, whom they said was the mastermind of a N60 million fraud. The commission wrote via – @officialEFCC: “One of the internet fraudsters wanted by the FBI, Joseph Oyediran, arrested by EFCC operatives in Ilorin, Kwara State. Head, EFCC Ilorin Zonal Office, Isyaku


NASD OTC Exchange Trade Volume Drops 99.2% Friday

By Adedapo Adesanya The key parameters of the NASD Over the Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange closed unchanged on Friday, October 4, 2019, the same level they have remained since Wednesday, when the market return from Tuesday’s break to celebrate Nigeria’s 59th Independence Day. Business Post reports that at the close of business yesterday, the market capitalisation of the NASD Exchange closed at N502.64 billion, while the NSI also stayed flat at the 699.63 points. However, the volume of trades recorded by investors at the exchange on Friday declined by 99.2 percent or 1,049 units to 701 units from 1,750 units


Oil Futures Rise on US Diesel Boost, Fire Disruption

By Adedapo Adesanya Oil futures closed higher by 1 per cent on Friday as diesel prices in the US, the world’s largest oil consumer, with the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) increasing by 78 cents or 1.0 per cent to $79.83 per barrel. Also, Brent moved up by $1.12 or 1.3 per cent to $84.48 per barrel yesterday amid possible disruption in supply after a fire broke out at a refinery in Louisiana. A fire in a giant naphtha storage tank was contained on Friday afternoon at Marathon Petroleum’s 596,000 barrel-per-day Garyville, Louisiana refinery in the US. As per Reuters, diesel

Recent Stories

Banking, Energy Stocks Slurp N126bn from Nigerian Exchange

By Dipo Olowookere The bears tightened their grip on the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited on Tuesday, chopping off 0.34 per cent from the local bourse despite assurances from Mr Yemi Cardoso he would endeavour to ensure the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) restores its independence. Mr Cardoso was confirmed as the new CBN Governor by the Senate yesterday and he promised to formulate evidence-based monetary policies, a departure from his predecessor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, who was accused of romancing the President and coming up with trial-and-error policies. Business Post reports that investors were more interested in trimming their exposure to


Senate Confirms Cardoso as CBN Governor, Pledges Evidence-Based Policies

By Adedapo Adesanya The new Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Yemi Cardoso, has said he would adopt an evidence-based monetary policy as he assumed office upon confirmation by the Nigerian Senate on Tuesday. He said the new leadership of CBN would “adopt an evidence-based monetary policy and shall not be making decisions based on a whim.” The Godswill Akpabio-led Senate confirmed the nomination of Mr Cardoso’s nomination as well as that of the four Deputy Governors of CBN nominated by President Bola Tinubu. The four deputy governors whose appointments were confirmed by the Senate are Mrs


AFC Gets $300m Chinese Loan to Boost Trade Finance

By Adedapo Adesanya  Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) has secured a $300 million loan from the Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM) to drive increased trade finance and investment across the African continent, fostering economic growth and development. The infrastructure solutions provider on the continent announced the successful signing of the landmark agreement on the sidelines of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Annual meetings in Egypt. The 3-year credit facility is a significant development in AFC’s long-standing relationship with CEXIM. The two institutions have collaborated since 2018, with AFC receiving $400 million in bilateral loans from CEXIM to date. According to


Fluenta Installs Technology to Reduce Gas Flaring at Dangote Refinery

By Adedapo Adesanya Ultrasonic sensing technology company, Fluenta, has completed work on the Dangote Refinery in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil refinery, installing 18 ultrasonic flare gas meters on large pipelines around the plant. This company is using its technology to aid Nigeria’s flare gas reduction efforts and with Dangote Refinery set to begin operations soon, according to its management recently, this could be a step to fix inaccurate measurements of gas flaring. Nigeria currently imports refined petroleum products for its use, even though it is Africa’s biggest oil producer and with Dangote Refinery, the world’s largest single-train refinery capable of


Smart Recycling Hub Opens in Ibadan

By Aduragbemi Omiyale A smart recycling hub has been unveiled at the Ojoo terminal in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, courtesy of a waste management consultant, Mottainai Recycling Limited. The facility was opened on Monday at a ceremony attended by the representatives of the state government, the consultant, and the Akinyele Local Government, among others. The Director of Environment of the local council, Mrs Ahmed B.D., said the initiative was aimed to raise awareness among traders, market women, and the general public about climate change, stressing the hazards and consequences of indiscriminate waste disposal, and other undesirable waste management practices.


Small Business Owners Fret Over Exchange Rate Instability

By Bliss Okperan The exchange rate instability in the country is already giving small business owners sleepless nights and it threatens their investments. This concern was raised recently by the National Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Association of Small-Scale Industrialists, Mr Segun Kuti-George. He emphasised that business owners would have to increase their prices because of the unavoidable consequence of the current exchange rate crisis in Nigeria. According to him, if consumers are unable to meet up with the increase in the cost of goods and services, businesses would be forced to shut down their operations, which would, in turn,


NGX RegCo’s Code of Conduct for Stockbrokers Takes Effect October 3

By Aduragbemi Omiyale A new Code of Conduct for Approved Persons of Trading License Holders, otherwise known as stockbrokers, has been introduced by the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Regulation Limited (NGX RegCo). It was disclosed that the ethical guideline was designed to ensure professionals dealing with the trading of shares at NGX Limited follow high standards. Furthermore, it highlights the expected standards and values that Approved Persons must display at all times when conducting their businesses at all times. The idea of the code of conduct for stockbrokers, according to the regulator, is to deepen the market and foster professionalism, integrity,


Sustainable Development is a Necessity for Every Society in the World

By Professor Maurice Okoli For the majority of African leaders and delegates, it was a momentous achievement, to participate and contribute speeches with diverse themes at the podium during the 78th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. The UNGA traditionally meets in September, the highest global gathering to make several significant decisions on what the organization, consisting of 193 UN members, is generally expected to do. It has wrapped up its 78th annual session with another huge pack of commitments to engage in reshaping a better life for the entire population and Development paradigms in the


Equinor to Sell 20.2% Stake in Nigeria Oil Field Asset to Chappal

By Adedapo Adesanya A foreign oil company, Equinor ASA, has chosen a little-known Nigerian company, Chappal Energy, as the preferred buyer of its stake in one of the country’s largest deep-water oil fields, Agbami. According to a report by Bloomberg on Monday, the Norwegian energy giant is trying to sell its 20.2 per cent interest in the Agbami field – joining other international producers such as Shell Plc, Exxon Mobil Corporation and Eni SpA in looking to offload assets in Africa’s biggest crude producer, Nigeria. In January, Equinor launched the sale of its stake in an offshore Nigerian oilfield, joining


400-year-old British Institution Opens $150m School in Lagos

By Adedapo Adesanya A 400-year-old British educational institution, Charterhouse, has commissioned its first African school, currently in progress on a sprawling 70-hectare site located at Ogombo in Lekki, Lagos. The introduction of Charterhouse Lagos marks the convergence of British independent school heritage with cutting-edge educational practices, ushering in a new era of excellence in West African education. Charterhouse Lagos will represent a remarkable educational undertaking in the commercial capital of the country, with the planned $150 million campus expected to be fully delivered in 2028. The school’s development will unfold gradually, with the first intake of primary school students in