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Technical, Vocational Education Will Address Skills Gap – Ndu

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The deputy director of vocational education in the ministry of education, Engr. Umunnakwe Ndu, has disclosed that technical and vocational education and training (TVET) would address challenges of skills development and eradication of poverty.

Speaking at the just – concluded Construction Skills Training and Empowerment Project (C-STEmp) programme in Abuja, he pointed out that youths must be highly skilled in order to solve the problems of unemployment, insecurity and restiveness.

He noted that federal government had in 2013, approved the institutionalisation of six-level NVQF and the placement of qualified persons appropriately in the civil service.

Ndu hinted that 95 qualifications were developed out of the 41, saying that the standards and NVQF code of practice, roles and responsibilities of training providers, awarding organisations and sector skills councils were approved by the governing board of National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).

He disclosed that plans were underway to develop additional NOS and train more quality assurance managers for the programme.

The deputy director said that there was the need to accelerate the process since the present administration has set skilling and youth employment as one of its priority; else the elaborate training of assessors and verifiers as well as NOS and NSQ would be stale.

He emphasised that DFID founded a 6-year skilling project called MAFITA, meant to improve the livelihood of marginalised young people in Northern Nigeria, which is piloted in three states of Kano, Kaduna, and Katsina.

Ndu asserted that the programme has received huge support due to its prospects in improving skills delivery in Nigeria.

He maintained that about 68,000 marginalised young people, particularly women, adolescent girls and Almajiri would acquire full time skilled employment or self-employment through MAFITA.

According to him, “NOS has been developed in areas such as motorcycle and tricycle assembling and maintenance, satellite assembly and maintenance, GSM repairs and rice processing, animal husbandry, cosmetology and beauty, fisheries and aquaculture, paint making, photography and cinematography, event management, solar PV installation and maintenance.

Ndu hinted that depending on neighbouring countries for relevant skills like plumbing, tilling, electrical and among others is a collective indictment in the construction industry.

He stated that N-Power being the skills and employability initiative of the federal government was currently utilising the NOS in collaboration with the sector skills council like Council of Registered Builders (CORBON) and National Automotive Design And Development Council (NADDC) in construction and automobile industries respectively.

Ndu was hopeful that all qualifications in the framework impacted other soft skills such as communication skills, team work, numeracy, time management, social services, business studies and among others, saying that the nomenclature was changed to National Skills Qualification Framework in line with global best practices.

He stated that plans were underway to harmonise, standardise, regulate and control the activities of stakeholders whose roles might be overlapping.

 

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