NITAD moves to bridge skill gap, tackle unemployment in Nigeria
The Nigerian Institute of Training and Development (NITAD) has announced its readiness to bridge skill gap in the nation’s education sector and unemployment of vocational graduates through its finishing school on skill training.
Speaking ahead of its 25th Annual Trainers Conference in Enugu, billed to hold between September 12 and 14, with the theme: “Utilising the entrepreneurial mindset to address skill gap in the Nigerian economy”, the President, Mrs. Janet Kofoworola, expressed concern over the dearth of skill gap in the country saying this has led to increased unemployment.
She lamented that the curriculum is centred more on academic rather than vocational education, which prompted the institute to introduce finishing school on skill training.
Already, she said the institute has written to the Ministry of Education on the need to introduce students at the primary and secondary school levels to different skills that would prepare them for job opportunities.
“We have written to the MoE in Lagos and Ogun states on our intention and they have given us the nod to kick start the project. We are set to put the necessary machinery in place to ensure that such gaps are bridged,” she said.
Chairman of the conference, Mr. Oluwaseyi Kuton explained that the programme would identify and address the skill gap in the Nigerian economy, with attention on entrepreneurship in the education system, as it will host Chief Executive Officers, Permanent Secretaries, Director Generals, vice chancellors as well as public and private sector officers charged with the responsibility of learning and development.