As part of its National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP), the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) in collaboration with the Federal Capital Territory Subsidy Reinvestment Empowerment Programme (FCT SURE-P), has commenced an orientation training for over 1, 000 youth.
The two-day orientation programme, facilitated by the FCT-SURE-P, commenced yesterday at the Dame Patience Jonathan’s Youth Support Center in Nyanya, Abuja witnessed a large turn-out of youths that will be trained in different industrial development skills such as plumbing, tiling and POP.
According to the organisers, the programme was designed to address the current paradox in the country, where many youths are unable to find jobs, while on the other hand, industries claim they have jobs available, but cannot find people with requisite skill to fill such vacancies.
Speaking at the event, the FCT Coordinator of SURE-P, Mr. Isa Ari, described the training as another milestone in achieving middle level manpower in the Federal Capital Territory, stressing that FCT SURE-P is out to achieve the best for the residents.
He said this current batch is one of the numerous programmes designed for unemployed youths in the territory, calling on the trainees to come out with the best during and after the training.
Earlier in his her remarks, the Director General and Chief Executive of ITF, Dr. Juliet Chukkas-Onaeko, identified the development of relevant industrial skills as one of the most critical issues facing the country.
She noted that the emphasis on skills development globally is increasingly “employable skills” which are practical and immediate skills needed by industries in the market place.
According to her, “it becomes clear, that when there is skills gap in the economy, growth in labour and productivity are hampered and unemployment rate remains high.”
She stressed that the development of relevant skills is one of challenges facing the nation today, stressing that such neglect has contributed to the high rate of unemployment.
Chukkas-Onaeko affirmed that the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP), which is the driving force of the National Enterprise Development Programme (NEDEP), was initiated to provide technical vocational skills training and entrepreneurship development to Nigerian youth.
She used the occasion to reveal that since 2012, ITF has trained 37, 000 youths in various industrial skills, adding that the essence of the programme is to make youths self-reliance in the society.
FCT SURE-P Project coordinator, Mr. David Gende told our correspondent that the trainees are drawn from the six Area Councils of the FCT, even as he enjoined them to develop positive and rightful attitude throughout the 3 months duration of the training.
One of the trainees to be trained in tiling, Miss Nancy Bitrus, who spoke to journalists shortly after the orientation exercise expressed confidence on the programme, assuring that she will come out better in a male dominated skill.