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The Stepping-stone Programme

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The Stepping-stone Programme

Today’s competitive recruitment process and workplace requirements demands that you present yourself as an A-grade candidate to stand a better chance of selection and placement on your dream job. While on the job, you must continually demonstrate competence at your level to retain your position and grow on the job. These challenges bring to fore the need to develop basic skills needed to reach and sustain career goals.

Skills2go Limited in collaboration with Sierra Capital Limited presents you with a unique learning solution and lifetime knowledge opportunity.

Our Stepping-stone programme is designed for young graduates, first level employees and other candidates who are seeking to develop rounded basic skills required to enhance their employability and/or improve their performance on the job or dreaming of a career in investment Banking, Financial Advisory, Corporate Finance, Project Finance, Management Consulting and looking to harness the required skills2go in these various career paths?

Here’s what you will learn

Taught by a respected and indigenous business and corporate finance expert, the training commences with an industry overview and teaching/group work on qualitative and quantitative skills. This is designed to ensure that all participants have a good working understanding of workplace skills expectations.

Some target competencies to develop include:
  • Creative thinking and business planning
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Market and situation analysis
  • Financial analysis, forecasting, and valuation
  • Project management, resource scheduling and budgeting
  • Communicating and presenting
Our learning methodology will include:
  • Case studies
  • Special Projects/Action Learning
  • Speaker forums
  • Peer coaching and leadership circles
  • And more..
Key topics/skills addressed in-depth include:
  • Financial modelling
  • Financial Due Diligence
  • Project finance
  • Valuation
  • Business Planning
  • Fundamentals of Finance
  • Entrepreneurship development
  • Project management
We would also address some of the critical soft skills required for workplace excellence, including:
  • Presentation Skills
  • Professional etiquette
  • Problem solving and creative thinking skills
  • Business writing and reporting
  • Research and interview skills
  • And more…
Here are some outlines you will interact with over the course of your training:



This course is for Excel users who want to learn the advance features of Microsoft Excel. This is a practical
course which will help you build Excel Spreadsheet models, analyze and report data in a professional manner.


  • Navigating within Excel and range name manager.
  • Understanding, creating and working with formulas and functions used to perform calculations
  • Using Paste Special and Hyperlink in linking worksheets or workbooks



Applying financial modeling techniques can help you overcome the “what if” scenarios and the complexity of devising your forecasts to make more meaningful financial strategic decisions.


  • Understand the relevance and stages in financial modeling.
  • Solve time value of money problem using Excel-FV, PV, NPV, IRR etc.
  • Construct models for equity and bond valuation.
  • Build financial valuation models using DCF and multiple techniques.
    Course Outline
  • Projecting Financial statement
  • Error Proofing
  • Presentation and Scenarios

The course is designed to introduce a pragmatic and process-based approach to developing and implementing business plans. The course offers participants the tools to transform ideas into strategic goals and to outline the operational and financial strategies needed to achieve these goals.


  • Research and analyze the individual components needed for a business plan
  • Apply skills to create a business plan for different audiences, including investors, banks, and other stakeholders.
    Course Outline
  • Course Overview
  • What is a business plan for?
  • A general business plan framework
  • Identifying your audience
  • Gathering and analyzing Information
  • Defining your company
  • Getting to work
  • Creating a market strategy
  • Creating the sales plan
  • Developing Financial Projection
  • Putting it all together



This course is a two-way structure, the financial analysis section of the course will help participants understand and analyze the key components of financial statements – income statement / comprehensive income, balance sheet and statement of cash flows.


  • Apply the principles of recognition, measurement and presentation of income statement/comprehensive income and balance sheet items in IFRS
  • Analyze and interpret financial statements using key ratios
  • Learn the creative accounting techniques often used in financial statements and analyze its impact on quality of financial analysis
    Course Outline
  • The different accounting frameworks
  • Narrative Reporting
  • Income Statement
  • Balance sheet Analysis
  • Interpretation of the statement of cash flows
  • Ratio Analysis
  • Corporate Valuation

However how difficult business environment becomes, companies will continue to carry out Mergers and Acquisitions (M&As) and raise capital. Whether selling or buying, management’s challenge is to beat the market odds and execute deals that deliver the value investors demand – this course will introduce you to the skills that help you make successful transactions even in tough times, including Due Diligence and related business valuation techniques.


  • Appraise the quality and reliability of information following an efficient process.
  • Identify and verify worthwhile investment opportunities.

Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • Key areas of Due Diligence
  • Vendor assistance services
  • How due diligence integrates with the definitive agreement and goes to value
  • Capital markets transactions
  • Case study



Through this course, you will Gain a thorough and practical working knowledge of the key areas of project and infrastructure finance with courses led by leading industry experts.


  • Apply a structured and systematic approach to assessing project finance transactions
  • Recognize the key characteristics of a robust project and identify the weakest links in the transaction

Course Outline

  • An overview of key issues in project Finance
  • Risk Evaluation in Project Finance
  • Sources of debt financing in Projects and Debt Capacity
  • Financial yardsticks used by equity investors and the relationship of sponsors to the project company.
  • Documentation and structuring issues in Project Finance
  • Debt Structure- Documentation
  • Debt Service and Counterparty Risk