The Nigerian youths have commenced training in the vocational skills programme sponsored by the Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) sponsored vocational skills programme have started yielding results, as hundreds of Nigerian youths commenced training.
Penpushing reports that, the training facilitated by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) covers 8 skills areas, and they include Information and Communication Technology; Electrical/Electronic Technology; Industrial Automation and Mechatronics; Instrumentation and Process Control; Mechanical Services and Maintenance; Mobile Phone Repairs and Troubleshooting; Residential Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Maintenance and Building Technology.
The programme which is the second time the Board is collaborating with the Industrial Training Fund(ITF) for the training of Nigerian youths is expected to last for six months, while it is recalled that,the first edition was concluded in 2021 enterprises with 254 youths trained and equipped with tools and resources that should enable them to start their own.
Penpushing further reports that, Executive Secretary of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote earlie at the kick-off ceremony in Abuja expressed delight that many participants from the first programme have started their own businesses, and some got formal employment to support the economy.
The Secretary General represented by the General Manager Capacity Building Division, Dr. Ama Ikuru, said the high level of success motivated the need to carry out the second batch of the training.
Penpushing also reports that, he explained that the design of the training is to ensure that beneficiaries end up as successful artisans, entrepreneurs, and employers of labour, which is why emphasis will be placed on entrepreneurship and practical skills.
“With our 60:20:20 training policy, we insist that at least 60 percent of our beneficiaries will have a clear line of sight to gainful employment and or are equipped to start their own businesses,” he added.
‘The beneficiaries were selected from the Board’s NOGIC-JQS platform, with representation from different zones of the country. Selection exercises were also organised for the trainees, involving tests and oral interviews in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt’, he explained.
Penpushing reports that, Wabote stated that human capacity development is one of the key mandates of the board disclosing that each year the agency trains over 2,000 Nigerians in various skill areas, either through direct intervention or through the project-based training executed by contractors and operating companies.
‘Over 3,000 Nigerians benefited from the Board’s sponsored or facilitated training programmes in 2021, and a higher number is expected in 2022 to cushion the effect of COVID 19 and the challenges being faced in the wider economy”, Wabote stated.
Penpushing further reports that, he added that the objective is that Nigeria will have adequate and competent human capacity to run the economy and achieve a high level of domiciliation and domestication of activities in key industries, including the oil and gas industry.
The Executive Secretary confirmed that the board’s human capacity training programmes have been aligned with the rapid advancement of technologies and the digitalization in the oil and gas industry adding that the board will increase the number of training programmes in digital science, analytics, and digital coding.
Penpushing also reports that, he listed other areas of the board’s capacity building interventions to include the renovation and upgrade of some Technical and Vocational Education Training Schools (TVETS) across the country, with modern industrial equipment and strengthening engineering departments in selected tertiary institutions to ensure that their graduates are trained ready for the challenges of the modern industry.
The Director-General of Industrial Training Fund(ITF), Sir Joseph Ari in his remarks commended Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) for its commitment to the empowerment of Nigerians and for collaborating with the institution.
Penpushing reports that, he submitted that this kind of synergy is vital to actualize respective mandates and effectively address most of the problems confronting the country, especially unemployment and poverty and their effects on national life.”
The Director-General represented by Mrs Yinka Shodunke, Head Corporate Planning suggested that Nigerians who are equipped with requisite skills will be better disposed to take advantage of numerous policies designed by the Nigerian Government to boost the economy and improve the standard of living of the citizens.
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