About 3,555 youths selected from poor and vulnerable households are currently participating in the second pilot of the Skills-for-Job (S4J) Training by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).
The youths were drawn from Oyo, Kwara, Ekiti, Kogi, Bauchi, Niger and Cross River States while Osun S is running the first pilot of the training.
In a statement issued by NDE’s Lawan Musa, he said that the skills-for-job programme was built on the World Bank Mission to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.
Musa added that the programme was being carried out with the belief that the poor and the vulnerable in Nigeria deserve a real and fair chance to succeed.
He said that the beneficiaries were provided with three square meals in the states with boarding facilities and one meal in states with day facility arrangement in addition to N7,500 monthly stipends for the entire nine months’ training period.
According to him, the message of the NDE director-general, Dr. Nasir Mohammed Ladan, to beneficiaries was unique when he said that “skill acquisition is a sure way to bringing fulfilment to the aspiration of the individual and a major strategy to curbing poverty and unemployment.”
Ladan enjoined them to pay attention to details of their area of interest and assured them that all the beneficiaries would be taken through sector-specific skills, entrepreneurship training and life skills training being the core competency modules.