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ITF seals pact with group to engage retrained artisans




With the MoU, the hitherto retraining of artisans in polytechnics by the NGO has been replaced with 70 percent onsite retraining and 30 percent theory

SET to boost the lots of Nigerian youths and artisans in the construction industry, the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and a Non Governmental Organisation, Shelter Watch Initiative have developed a template to encourage more jobs for group.
To this end, both ITF and the NGO recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which would ultimately make the youths to heave a sigh of relief in the area of job creation in the country.

With the signing of MoU, SWI and ITF will be moving the nation from the usual classroom training to onsite retraining of both artisans and millions of unemployed youths.
The 70 percent practical and 30 percent theory training and retraining programme for the youths and artisans respectively, was designed to identify good artisans across the country who will be capable of empowering Nigerian youths.

It was designed to build a bridge between the ageing artisans and the youths. The coming together will not only create jobs for 4,000 youths in each state of the federation, it will also help in removing artisans from the streets and repositioning as well as reengineering the construction sub sector.

This assurance was given by the Director-General of, at a signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between the Industrial Training Fund &

The MoU, according the ITF Director-General, Dr. Juliet Chukka Onaeko would facilitate job creation by encouraging government parastatals, corporate organizations and individuals to use retrained artisans by both the ITF and Shelter Watch for their construction projects.

The joint venture is to establish job centers in all the states of the federation. With the retrained artisans, the duo targets training and engagement of 4,000 youths in each state of the federation.

ITF – a federal government agency with global recognition, was established not only to set training standards in all sectors of the economy but also to evaluate and certify vocational skills acquired by apprentices, craftsmen and technicians. With the MoU, ITF with SWI will be using housing development to fight youth unemployment and under unemployment in the sub sector of the building/construction industry.

While signing, the Executive Director of Shelter Watch Initiative Mr. Segun Olutade, stated that the organization, which was the first to retrain building artisans in Nigeria, has over 2000 retrained artisans in its database.
With the MoU, the hitherto retraining of artisans in polytechnics by the NGO has been replaced with 70 percent onsite retraining and 30 percent theory.

ITF and SWI will also be establishing ‘Job Centers” across the country. With the Job Center Project the duo will be sourcing jobs for the retrained artisans and using same to empower Nigerian youths. The Job Center project is designed not only to ensure jobs for good artisans across the country but also to restore the lost glory of Nigerian building artisans and ensure that Nigerians now have value for their money.

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