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The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has trained about 150,000 Nigerians since September 2016 when the present Director General assumed office.

The Director General of ITF, Joseph Ari, disclosed this recently at an Accountability Forum for public officeholders hosted by the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Plateau State Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).

He said: “On assumption of office in September 2016, we introduced the ITF Reviewed Vision, Strategies for Mandate Actualization. It is a six-year plan that was conceived by the incumbent management on assumption of office. It comprised short term, medium and long term goals.

“It commenced in late 2016 to terminate in 2022. It was designed to aggressively address service challenges, infrastructure deficits, revenue and a gamut of other strictures impinging the actualization of the Fund’s mandate. Two years into its implementation, the ITF trained over 60,000 Nigerians from 2,300 organisations.

“Over 50,000 youths and other vulnerable groups were equipped with skills for employability and entrepreneurship through programmes including the National Industrial Skills Development Programme, (NISDP), the Women Skills Empowerment Programme (WOSEP), Training on Wheels and the Technical Skills Development Project (TSDP), among several other initiatives.”

He highlighted that the ITF implemented numerous technical skills acquisition programmes as well as introduced new initiatives including the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP), the Women Skills Empowerment Programme (WOSEP) and the Skills Development Programme for Youths in Construction Trade (CONSEP) among several others.

“The NISDP, our flagship technical vocational skills acquisition programme, which was run twice in 2016, has trained about 30,000 youths drawn from the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) between late 2016 to date. In the last phase of the programme, new ideas were introduced. Trade areas were streamlined to three, namely: Welding and Fabrication, Tailoring and Fashion Design and Plumbing and Pipe Fitting,” he explained.


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