The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has said it’s training programme is for job creation across sectors of the economy. Director-General, ITF, Mrs. Juliet Chukkas-Onaeko, made the disclosure at the graduation ceremony of the inaugural set of Automobile Technicians trained by Truck Masters Nigeria Ltd, under the ITF-NECA Technical Skills Development Project (TSDP).
She said, “We are training for job creation, we believe that when we match our training, it will meet the market need and guarantee that when these people finish they will not be looking for jobs but meeting needs.”
Meanwhile, she said that all those sponsored by the fund in collaboration with the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and other organisations would soon get international certifications, adding that the organisation has been working with series of established players in various industries like agriculture, oil and gas and automobile maintenance in order to train more youths.
“We train to meet the requirements that are required by particular industry so that when they go out of the country they can meet expected standard. This training guarantees 80 percent practical experience which is what is required when it comes to technical skills development.
“ITF works with NECA to ensure equipments are made available for the training. We are sure of 100 percent employment for these one’s we have trained, this is how we can sped up job creation in the country and going forward we are training youths that would be acceptable anywhere in the world. We are standardizing our training centre and carrying out a centre audit to ensure the centre we have, have all it takes to produce internationally acceptable graduate.
“The ITF has been working on certifications for our trainees so that they can work anywhere in the world, because our programmes seem not to be enough. The certification, when ready will have our trainees to take exams to qualify them for a diploma in the field of their training.
“This is necessary because it has been difficult to attract young people to technical skills because of the poor remuneration and recognition that the sector of education has been suffering. “We have therefore been training our students not only on skilled manpower, but alongside good work ethics, good customer care, and also entrepreneurial skills,” she said.