ITF To Organise Skills Acquisition Training For Over 500 Youths

The Director General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Joseph Ari has hinted of plans by the agency to train over 500 youths in 18 states of the federation on skill acquisition.

The DG said this when his four-month old management team paid a courtesy visit to the head office of Vintage Press Limited, publishers of The Nation newspaper titles.

According to him, arrangement has reached advanced stage for the takeoff of the fifth phase of the National Industrial Skills Development Program (NISDP) in 18 states of the federation to facilitate the mass training programme, adding that the trainees will be trained by ITF per state.

The programme, which is the initiative of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), ITF and Bank Of Industry (BoI) under the Ministry of Commerce Trade and Investment, would help youths to become employer of labour thereby reducing unemployment in the country.

“Let us see how you can help us rebuild the core of our training structure. Our goal is to train young people who we call ‘Agro-preneurs’ and support them with credit,” said Ari.

The ITF boss added that the visit to The Nation was part of ITF’s Operation Reach Out programmes geared towards human capacity development in the country.

He also hinted of plans to partner with National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to train corps members during their one year programme in any skill they want “So that after the programme they don’t need to seek for job under government but can be employer of labour as we are doing everything to make sure we reduce unemployment in this country.”

Ari further said the organisation had also introduced the graduate re-skilling programme aimed at training 500 graduates of engineering and technology with vocational and entrepreneurial skills.

“The Industrial Trust Fund, in its Graduate Re-skilling Programme, will train 500 graduates of Technology and Engineering with vocational and entrepreneurial skills from each of the six geo-political zones. We are reviewing the ITF/DVT, that is, German Chamber of Crafts and Commerce Dual, to train apprentices in line with German Dual System, equipping and retooling of existing skills training centres and procurement of Mobile Training Units,’’ he said.

Responding, the General Manager, Vintage Press Limited, Mr. Soji Omotunde thanked the management of ITF for the visit and promised the company’s commitment to support them in reducing unemployment in the country.

“There is a renewed effort to use the mass training programme to aid poverty eradication, job creation and effective diversification of the economy as envisioned by the federal government and will not succeed if Nigerians are not skilled,” he said.

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2 comments

  1. I am unemployed graduate, am currently a live stock farmer, am interested in the programs of ITF I see it as a panacea to the current economy crises and unemployment.
    Am interested in this programme if i can be given a chance

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