Forum rallies stakeholders behind technical, vocational training
The maiden forum, recently at the Government Technical College, Okitipupa, Ondo State, reiterated that stakeholders like government at all levels, organised private sector, non-government organisations, traditional institutions, parents, teachers and students all have essential roles to play.
Guest speaker and Chief Operating Officer, CITA Petroleum Limited, Olasimbo Betiku, observed that the Nigerian environment is not new to Vocational and Technical Education (VTE) in the development of youths and the economy. However, fresh effort is required in the light of contemporary challenges.
Betiku, in a paper, titled: ‘Functional Vocational and Technical education and practice: Role of government and other critical stakeholders’, emphasized the imperative of proper planning, effective implementation of policies, adequate funding and motivation of teachers/ student — as the exclusive function of the government.
He said: “The focus now should be on the development of a viable national system of vocational technical education programme that will have easy access and learning pathways, which must be validated by accredited learning that will lead to work or continued progress along another learning pathway.”
He urged government to institute flexible, workable and adaptable VTE programmes; high quality and appropriate skilled vocational professionals and teachers; proper coordination of education, industry and work environment, continuous training and enabling environment, among others.
The organised private sector, responsible for over 60 per cent of workforce in the country, were urged to broker collaborations across industries to build industry-specific training hubs, cooperation with training institutions, establishment of companies-owned expertise and know-how development programmes, among others.
The Non-government Organisation are to create an all stakeholders’ awareness and sensitisation programmes on the importance and usefulness of technical and vocational education, coupled with special funds and scholarships to encourage interests in VTE.
Similarly, parents, as the main and first contact with the child and the immediate resource provider for the children must work hand-in-hand with the government, school system, teachers and the pupils for the success of vocational and technical education in Nigeria.
President of Ondo South Development Forum, Anthony Olashele, added that VTE is a form of learning that helps in the acquisition of skills, which is capable of making individual self reliant and become an employer of labour.
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