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ITF begins training for Nigerian youths


Director General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Sir Joseph Ari

The Industrial Training Fund (ITF), has embarked on technical and vocational competency training for youths all over the Federation through its National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP).
The Fund said the training was influenced by the realisation that only abundant natural resources cannot drive the sustainability of Nigeria’s economy.The Director-General of ITF, Joseph Ari, revealed this at the seventh interactive forum for Human Resource/Learning and Development Practitioners in Lagos, organised by the Victoria Island Area Office.
‘Ari said the training and skills are needed to escalate economic recovery and sustained growth. He said the Fund is conscious of the fact that it cannot do it alone, hence seeking the co-operation of the Organised Private Sector (OPS) to succeed.Ari, who was represented by Deputy Director, ITF Lagos Island Area, Thomas Jacob, said the Fund has been encouraging employers to equip their workforce with the requisite skills by providing consistent acquisition of local and international training. 
In addition, he said the Fund has continuously settled reimbursement claims to companies who have filed their claims in line with the prescribed guidelines in the Act. Guest Speaker, Mrs Joke Coker, said there is a paradigm shift in modern workplace across the world, hence there is need for government to critically take training serious and build capacity across the country.
Coker, who doubles as the Chief Executive Officer of Constellation Coaching Group LLC, said the OPS needs to adopt the approach of corporate coaching to help their companies work more effectively.
Earlier in her remarks, Area Manager/Deputy Director, ITF, Victoria Island Office, Mrs Mary Katugwa said the fund mandate is to provide, promote and encourage the acquisition of skills with a view to generating indigenous trained manpower sufficient to meet the needs of the private and public sectors of the Nigerian economy.

Katugwa hinted that during the year 2018, the Area Office implemented over 100 training programmes, trained over 5,000 participants across the states from over 30 companies in different training programmes.
Also Governor of Lagos State, Akinwumi Ambode who was represented by Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs Rhoda Ayinde said the modern workplace has become diverse and multicultural in nature, where collaboration, planning, common goals, flexibility and support for social initiative are some of its characteristics.She charged OPS to look at introduction of flexible working hours and employees working remotely as a way to reduce the rush hour traffic in the city. 

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