The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has expressed its readiness to train 13,000 Nigerians with various vocational skills in line with the government policy on job and wealth creation as it declares 2018 as year of delivery.
The director general of the Fund, Sir Joseph Ari, stated this while addressing a meeting of area managers of ITF Area Offices and managers of the Fund’s Training Centres at the ITF Centre for Excellence, Bukuru, Jos Plateau State.
Sir Ari said in line with this declaration, the Fund is set to train thirteen thousand Nigerians across the country in eleven vocational skills.
He added that the implementation of the programme would commence on various dates between July and August and terminate in November this year.
He explained that the move became necessary due to the growing realisation that accelerated skills acquisition was the only way to stem the rampant unemployment especially among the youths.
He further stated that governments all over the world have turned to skills acquisition which is the universal currency of the 21st century to arm their citizenry with skills for employment and growth.
The DG listed the skills programmes billed for the implementation to include the National Industrial Skills Development Programme, NISDP, The Women Skills Empowerment Programme, WOSEP, Skills Training and Empowerment Programme for the Physically Challenged (STEPC)Air Conditioning and Refrigeration and Designing and Garment Making.
Ari, explained that within the same period five other training programmes including Post- Harvest Techniques and Product Development, Aqua-Culture/Fish Farming Manure Production , Crop Production/Greenhouse Technology and Poultry Farming that are aimed at equipping Nigerian farmers with requisite skills for improved farm yield would be implemented using the Galilee International Management Institute, GIMI, Model.
He explained that the emphasis on skills for the agricultural sector was informed by the fact that it is the occupation of majority of Nigerians and a key component of the economic diversification agenda of the federal government.
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