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ITF trains 74,000 youths in technical, vocational Skills

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juilet chukkas onaekoThe Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has trained 74, 000 young Nigerians in different technical and vocational trade, its Director General, Dr. Mrs. , has said.
The DG, who disclosed this during a stakeholders’ engagement forum in Lagos, with theme: “Zero Oil Policy and Economic Growth: The ITF Perspective”, said the programme was ongoing.

She appealed to the stakeholders for support and collaboration to consolidate on the ongoing training programmes in the different sectors of the economy.
She said: “So far, 74, 000 young Nigerians have been trained in different technical and vocational trade areas. Most of the trainees secured employment immediately after completion of their training, while a large number of them have established businesses of their own and are doing well.”

“The Technical Skills Development Program is being run using facilities of employers in different parts of the country and ITF Skills Training Centres. So far, over 2,300 trainees have benefitted from this partnership.

“We have also entered into technical collaboration with Cement Technology Institute of Nigeria (CTIN), for the training of craftsmen and Artisans in the construction industry.”

She said the Federal Government has introduced various policies to reform the economy in other to place it on sustainable economic growth and stability.
“As a proactive organization, we have acquired four mobile workshops to complement our existing industrial skills Training Centres. These will increase accessibility to skills training in all nooks and crannies of the country and ensure that our young men and women acquire relevant skills to fit into existing and new jobs.

“The ITF has also refocused its training programme to equip two million youth annually with employable and life skills required for self and paid employment. We hope that the outcome will be drastic reduction in unemployment and restiveness across the country,” she added.

She said most of the trainees secure employment immediately after completion of their training, while large number of them have established businesses on their own and are doing well.

“This laudable programme is on-going and we need your support and collaboration to strengthen and consolidate it,” she said.
She said ITF is also in partnership with Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) for the training of young Nigerians in various skills arrears, adding that the Technical Skill Development Programme (TSDP), is being run using facilities of employers in different parts of the country and ITF skills training centre .

According to her, the seminar is expected to attend to all concerns.
Her words: “We shall highlight the key activities of ITF , the collaborations we are made over the years and the various reforms we are putting in place to support the Federal Government policy to transit from oil to other sectors.

“In consonance with trends in the international community, the Federal Government has introduced various policies to reform our economy and place it on sustainable economic growth and stability. Of particularly importance was the launch of the Transformation Agenda emphasized growth in manufacturing, agriculture, power , solid minerals, tourism ,road infrastructure and other critical sectors of the economic. The follow up launch of the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP) and National Enterprise Development Programme (NEDEP) policies were to ensure that our quantitative advantage was turned to productive gains”.

She said the NIRP focuses on economic and revenue diversification in industrial sectors where Nigeria has comparative advantage.
“Supporting structures such as infrastructure, skills, finance, investment climate, innovation, standards and local patronage are being initiated to ensure sustainability,” she said.



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