The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) in collaboration with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) is commencing a three-month youth training on 8 vocational skills, in the fight to reduce unemployment .

The Director General, Industrial Training Fund, Sir. Joseph Ari said the programme is an offshoot of the visit of NCDMB delegation to the ITF model skills training centre recently.

Ari who said two hundred and fifty four unemployed youths were trained and empowered with start up kits during the first phase of the programme also said it is aimed at driving economic growth through Skil acquisition.

Represented by the Head, Corporate Planning, Mrs. Yinka Shodunke, Ari said some of those who acquired skills with the centre are now self-employed.

“Through the monitoring and evaluation mechanisms of the Fund, some of the graduands are today gainfully employed or are entrepreneurs that are even employing other people.

“If Nigerians are equipped with the necessary skills, they will be better disposed and well placed to take advantage of numerous policies of the federal government designed to boost economy and improve the standard if living of Nigerians.

“The MSTC have achieved some giant strides and so far ensured the assembling of ITF Mobile phone by the centre with plans on the way to mass produce for the market and drive innovation in Nigeria,” he said.

Meanwhile, The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board, Engr. Simbi Wabote noted that the trianing is second in series as the last one which took place last year had 254 youths trianed and equipped with the necessary skills needed to improve their capacity.

Wabote who was represented by the General Manager, Capacity Building of NCDMB, Dr. Ama Ikuru, said it is worthy of note that the training has yielded positive results as over 60% of beneficiaries from the last phase are now entrepreneurs.

“Each year the Board trains over 2,000 Nigerians in different training skills either through direct interventions or through collaborations and as at 2021 the number has moved to 3000 and more is hoped to be done in 2022.

“The Human capacity training programme has been tailored to meet specific demands of required skills in the country and it is aimed at complementing federal government’s efforts in job creation.

The eighth vocational training skills programmes include Building Technology, Industrial automation and mechatronics, residential air conditioning and refridgerating maintenance, mechanical services and maintenance.

Others are Electric/Electronics technology, mobile phone repairs and trouble shooting and Information/Communication Technology.