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100 Nigerian youths to be trained on 8 vocational skills

The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) in collaboration with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) is set to commence a three-month youth training on 8 vocational skills.

At the inauguration of the ITF/NCDMB Vocational Skills Training Programmes in Abuja, Director-General, ITF, Sir Joseph Ari said the programme was hatched when an NCDMB delegation visited the ITF model skills training centre recently.

According to him, training is important in driving economic growth through skills acquisition.

Sir Ari said during the first phase of the Programme, about 254 unemployed youths were trained and empowered with startup kits.

The Director-General, who was represented by head of corporate planning at ITF, Yinka Shodunke, also explained that through the monitoring and evaluation mechanisms of the Fund, some of the graduands are gainfully employed and are entrepreneurs, providing employment to other people.

The MSTC has achieved some “giant strides” and so far ensured the assembling of ITF Mobile phones by the centre, with plans underway to mass-produce for the market and drive innovation in Nigeria, the ITF boss hinted.

Sir Ari also urged the current trainees to take utmost advantage of the three-month training to acquire the requisite skills to make themselves employable and contribute meaningfully to the economy.

Also, The Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Simbi Wabote hinted that the training was the second in the series.

Mr Wabote, represented by the General Manager Capacity-Building, NCDMB, said it was worthy of note that the training had yielded positive results, given that more than 60% of beneficiaries from the last phase were now entrepreneurs.

The eighth vocational training skills programmes include: Building Technology, Industrial automation and mechatronics, residential air conditioning and refrigerating maintenance, mechanical services and maintenance.

Others are: Electric/Electronics technology, mobile phone repairs and troubleshooting and Information/Communication Technology.

Reporting by Victoria Chimezie; editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor