The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has begun training 50 unemployed youths on vocational skills under its Youths Transformation Training Scheme (YTTS) in Imo State.
The Director-General of the NDE, Mallam Abubakar Nuhu-Fikpo, declared the training open in Owerri.
Nuhu-Fikpo, represented by the Imo Coordinator of the NDE, Mrs Chisara Egwim-Chima, said the YTTS, put together by the Vocational Skills Department (VSD) of the Directorate, would impart viable skills to the beneficiaries.
He said that 800 persons were captured for the scheme in Nigeria, with fifty trainees from Imo State.
He listed the skills to include furniture making which would last for 18 months; computer web design for six months and electrical installation which would last for 18 months.
He noted that the training was aimed at imparting skills in unemployed persons to enable them become proficient enough to earn a living and contribute positively to the economic growth of Nigeria.
He advised trainees to take the opportunity seriously so as to justify their selection from among many other applicants.
“In a rapidly changing world, it is crucial to invest in our youths, providing you the necessary skills, tools and opportunities to thrive.
“42 trainees have already started training and are still in training. The eight trainees having their orientation today are to make up the number to 50 trainees for the state.
“These skills we have in place for you will help you foster personal growth, resilience and leadership qualities that will shape you as our future leaders.
“We believe that this programme will create a safe space where you can explore your passions , discover your strengths and overcome challenges“ he said.
Speaking, Head of the VSD, Mallam Isa Abdu, advised the trainees to take the training seriously as it would help them overcome the challenges of joblessness and loss of self worth.
Abdu, represented by Mrs Margaret Ezekwu, a senior staff of the directorate, said that although many persons expressed interest in the training, only a few were chosen.
He urged the beneficiaries to justify their selection and the resources expended on them.