ITF trains 15, 000 Plateau citizens equipped with skills for employability and entrepreneurship.
From Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Since the inception of National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP) by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), about 15, 000 citizens of Plateau State have been equipped with skills for employability and entrepreneurship.
The Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund, Sir Joseph Ari disclosed this at the closing ceremony of the 2019 NISDP, with about 221 beneficiaries in Jos.
“We are graduating the first batch of 221 trainees out of 350 in the state,” adding that “the young men and women were trained in welding and fabrication, domestic electrical wiring and installation, catering and event management, solar energy installation and beauty care,” he said.
According to him, due to the intensity and the very practical nature of the training, which was 80 per cent practical and 20 per cent theory, trainees were equipped with the necessary skills and attitudes for them to thrive as employees or as entrepreneurs.
The DG explained further that in all, over 11, 000 Nigerians were equipped with skills in nine trades, adding that under the 2017 NISDP the Plateau state government had sponsored additional trainees and empowered them with start-up kits.
He urged the beneficiaries to utilise the opportunity provided by the training and consider the start-up packs as their tickets to the world and an opportunity to meaningful contribution to the Nigeria’s economy.
In his remark, the State Governor Simon Lalong, who was represented by his Deputy, Prof. Sonni Gwanle Tyoden commended the agency for going a long way in reducing poverty and unemployment in the state.