The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), have collaborated to train and graduate 255 Nigerian youths in skills acquisition, in a bid to create employment and wealth.
Speaking during the graduation of the trainees, the Director-General of the ITF, Sir Joseph Ari said the success story is an outcome of the Federal Government’s renewed commitment to empowering youths with cutting-edge technical and vocational skills training to tackle the challenges of poverty and unemployment that has bedevilled the country.
“It all began in late 2019 after a visit by the Management of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) to the Fund’s Model Skills Training Centre (MSTC), Abuja.
“In order for the trainees to acquire professional certification, the MSTC implemented the programme in collaboration with three professional bodies namely; the Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria (ITPN), Nigerian Association of Engineering Craftsmen – COREN and CISCO Academy, who equipped them with skills in Industrial Automation and Mechatronics, Instrumentation and Process Control, I.T Essentials/ Comp-TIA A+, Mobile Phone troubleshooting and repairs, Electrical Electronics Technology, Building Technology, Residential Air conditioning, Mechanical Services and, Catering and Event Management”, Ari said
“We have no doubt that given the hands-on nature of the six-month training, which was comprised of three months intensive training at the MSTC and three months practical attachment, the graduands will no doubt contribute immensely to the development of the national economy”.
The erudite DG said going forward, the objective of the Centre is to ensure that as many Nigerians as possible are equipped with the skills for entrepreneurship and employability in order to avert the attendant effects of poverty and unemployment that have manifested themselves in our dear country in the form of rising criminality including kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism and many other antisocial behaviours. We however believe that for this to happen, all Nigerians across the various strata of society should heed our clarion call for synergy with the ITF.
He called on graduands to take full advantage of the opportunity provided by this training, and resist the temptation to sell their start-up kits.