The Industrial Training Fund (ITF), has disclosed that its Model Skills Training Centre (MSTC) now runs modular courses of between one, three and six months to enable more Nigerians to acquire skills necessary for employment and entrepreneurship.
Director- general, ITF, Sir Joseph Ari, made this disclosure yesterday during the combined convocation of 316 graduates of the National Innovative Diploma (NID) and the National Vocational Certificate (NVC) of the ITF Model Skills Training Centre (MSTC), in Abuja.
Ari, who explained that the graduands were exposed to the best equipment and tools, especially for mechatronics and facility technology departments, that may not be found in any university, said the Fund’s training was carefully structured to equip the graduands with requisite skills to start-up on their own. “From our tracking and monitoring system, we have largely succeeded in this regard as over 65 per cent of the graduates of the MSTC in the last six years are successful entrepreneurs,” he said.
The DG said the Fund’s commitment to skills acquisition was because it remains the most viable and sustainable solution to combatting the rising unemployment and poverty in the country. To this end, he said the MSTC conducts up-skilling programmes for those who want to upgrade their skills or learn a new occupational trade.
He also hinted that the MSTC has introduced summer boot camp for children between the ages 10-15 to give them hands-on training in the areas of Nigeria cuisine, pastry, hygiene and safety, mobile robot technology, electronic circuit design & trouble shooting technology, programmable logic circuit, hardware, computer appreciation, computer fundamentals, and web design and networking.
He further said that the perception that hands-on skills were a preserve of the illiterate and never-do-wells in the society must change, adding that skills acquisition has become “the currency of the 21st century that lubricates the wheels of development of any nation’s economy.”