Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Federal Government Restates Commitment to Vocational Training.
The federal government has stressed the need for the prioritisation of vocational training and skills acquisition in order to reduce unemployment and youth restiveness in the country.
Deputy Director/Training Manager of the Industrial Skill Training Center (ISTC) of the Industrial Training Fund, (ITF), Mr. Olasupo James Abimbola, said this in Lagos during the third graduation ceremony of the ITF and the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) Technical Skill Development Programme Batch four trainees.
He said the ISTC which offers over eight categories of technical and vocational training in various areas was established with only three trade areas.
He said the centre offers technical and vocational training in information and communication technology, electrical installation and maintenance and mechanical maintenance.
Other areas of specialised vocational and technical training offered by the ISTC, according to Abimbola, are in the areas of welding and metal fabrication, refrigeration and air conditioning and instrumentation, process control and autotronics and auto mechanic work.
Abimbola also explained that the centre had trained more than 2,541 trainees in 239 programmes for 220 organisations in various categories of training.
The ITF-NECA technical skills development programme is a joint initiative of the ITF and NECA. The programme was designed to facilitate the availability of middle level manpower with appropriate technical and vocational skill to bridge the identified skill gap and meet the technical manpower of the Nigerian economy.
Abimbola also noted that of particular importance was the fact that the graduating trainees had performed well in learning and character, and were worthy to be awarded the certificates in their chosen trade.
Abimbola also said over 42 per cent of the trainees had already been engaged, barely six months after the completion of their programmes.