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ITF, NECA train 3,000 youths on technical skills



The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) in collaboration with the Nigerian Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) has commenced the training of no fewer than 3,000 youths in 18 centres across the country under the Technical Skills Development Project (TSDP).

Director-General of the ITF, Joseph Ari, said the TSDP was one of the initiatives embarked upon by the two organisations to drive government’s industrialisation and jobs creation efforts.

“Its primary objective is to reduce unemployment, promote sustainable wealth creation and give the youths entrepreneurial and attitudinal proficiency through technical skills acquisition,” Ari stated.


Head, Public Affairs of ITF, Suleyol Fred Chagu, in a statement quoted the director general as saying that during the year long programme, the participants nationwide would be trained in 18 trades and crafts including electrical/electronic maintenance, mechanical machinery and maintenance.

They would also be trained in welding fabrication works, plumbing/pipe fittings maintenance, beverage bottle operation, as well as information and communications technology.

Ari listed others as building construction, carpentry and joinery, agriculture and agro-allied, animal husbandry, aqua culture, breeding and hatchery, livestock and aqua culture feeds, as well as fashion designing.

PAN Learning Centre Limited, Niger Dock Nigeria Plc, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Nigerian Bottling Company, Truck Masters Nigeria Limited, Lafarge Cement (WAPCO) Plc, Kamjay Farms, Ibeju-Lekki, Chi Limited, Ruff’n Tumble and Style House, among others are participating in the empowerment programme.

Ari said the ITF and NECA expect the participating organisations to equip the trainees with competitive skills to enable them get jobs as soon as they are through with the programme.

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