The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has said 70,000 Nigerians were trained on various entrepreneurial skills in the last one year to reduce existing skills gap in the nation’s industrial sector.
The Director-General of the Fund, Sir Joseph Ari, who stated this when he received some stakeholders of the Fund, explained that about 90 per cent of the beneficiaries were either currently successful entrepreneurs, or earning livelihoods as paid employees according to the monitoring and evaluation of graduates conducted by the ITF.
He said equipping Nigerians with relevant skills was not only in line with the Federal Government’s efforts to create jobs but would stem the current wave of migration by the youth to Europe.
He wondered why there is mass migration despite several surveys that prove existing skills gaps being filled by foreigners in Nigeria.
Ari explained that the federal government has initiated programmes to bridge the gaps, including the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP), Passion to Profession, Training on Wheels Using Mobile Training Units, the Women Skills Empowerment Programme (WOSEP), the Technical Skills Development Project (TSDP) as well as the Vulnerable and Indigent Youth Empowerment Programme (VIYEP) amongst several others.
He said through the NISDP over 100,000 persons have been trained. The programme continues across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with 11,100 trainees learning skills in welding and fabrication, tailoring and garment making, and plumbing and pipe fitting.