ITF revives vocational training scheme to boost manpower needs

To effectively address the challenge posed by inadequate and unskilled manpower in the economy, the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), has resuscitated and commenced its one year vocational training programme to boost Nigeria’s manpower needs.

The Deputy Director/Training Manager of the ISTC, Mr Olasupo James Abimbola, told journalists on Monday that the modules for the programme have been carefully selected to address acquisition of necessary and knowledge, in order to enable participants set up businesses of their own.

He said: “The resuscitated one year vocational training programme will also allow the participants to become more employable; choose and follow a career path in the industrial and governmental sectors of the African economy”.

“The ITF/ISTC has also introduced its quarterly modular training programme” he said.

According to the ITF/ISTC, part of the main objective of the resuscitated vocational training programme is to provide a broad based hand on training that will effectively address the dearth of appropriate skills and manpower in the Nigeria economy.

Pointing out over two million youths will be trained annually under the scheme’s various vocational training initiatives, Abimbola explained the training programme which be held at the ISTC’s training center at Oregun, Lagos is fully backed the new Director General of the ITF, Dr Julliet Chukkas Onaeko, and that applications are already been received from interested and suitably qualified candidates from various parts of the country.

The long term vocational training programme, Abimbola pointed, will lead to the award of ITF/ISTC Certificate of Competence (COC) in chosen trade areas, that includes computer hardware maintenance and repairs, computer programming and application, electronics and computer networking and mechanical machining and maintenance.

Source : Independent

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