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  •  Mr Josep Ari the Director General D G Industrial Training Fund ITF has called for integration of vocational studies in schools curricular to address unemployment in Nigeria Ari said this at a meeting with the Director General of the Nigerian Employees Consultative Association NECA Mr Wale Smatt Oyerinde in Abuja The meeting was centered on effective execution of the Technical Skills Development Project It is a joint initiative by the ITF and NECA aimed at ensuring availability of middle level manpower with the appropriate Technical and Vocational Skills to meet the identified needs of industries in Nigeria Ari said the change was necessary given the rising case of unemployment in the country Unemployment is rising daily and we want more Nigerians to embrace skills acquisition because white collar jobs are becoming almost non existent Ari pledged that ITF would continue to work with NECA and other relevant stakeholders toward finding lasting solution to the problem He said ITF was working towards ensuring a national apprenticeship training system According to him Technical Vocational Education and Training TVET is a veritable tool for changing the unemployment narrative of the country Ari said ITF and NECA are ready to empower Nigerians with the requisite skills Also speaking the Director General of NECA Mr Wale Smatt Oyerinde harped on development of the technical ability of Nigerians He said that most developed countries were driven by the technical ability of the people Our country is faced with huge challenges and we need to join hands to tackle them We have an unemployment rate of about 33 per cent with under employment rate of about 20 per cent With these figures we know that it has become imperative to deepen our collaboration he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ITF and NECA are training institutions that empower people in Hydraulics Machining and Pipe fitting Plumbi Welding and Fabrication among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ITF D-G calls for integration of vocational studies in schools’ curricula
     Mr Josep Ari the Director General D G Industrial Training Fund ITF has called for integration of vocational studies in schools curricular to address unemployment in Nigeria Ari said this at a meeting with the Director General of the Nigerian Employees Consultative Association NECA Mr Wale Smatt Oyerinde in Abuja The meeting was centered on effective execution of the Technical Skills Development Project It is a joint initiative by the ITF and NECA aimed at ensuring availability of middle level manpower with the appropriate Technical and Vocational Skills to meet the identified needs of industries in Nigeria Ari said the change was necessary given the rising case of unemployment in the country Unemployment is rising daily and we want more Nigerians to embrace skills acquisition because white collar jobs are becoming almost non existent Ari pledged that ITF would continue to work with NECA and other relevant stakeholders toward finding lasting solution to the problem He said ITF was working towards ensuring a national apprenticeship training system According to him Technical Vocational Education and Training TVET is a veritable tool for changing the unemployment narrative of the country Ari said ITF and NECA are ready to empower Nigerians with the requisite skills Also speaking the Director General of NECA Mr Wale Smatt Oyerinde harped on development of the technical ability of Nigerians He said that most developed countries were driven by the technical ability of the people Our country is faced with huge challenges and we need to join hands to tackle them We have an unemployment rate of about 33 per cent with under employment rate of about 20 per cent With these figures we know that it has become imperative to deepen our collaboration he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ITF and NECA are training institutions that empower people in Hydraulics Machining and Pipe fitting Plumbi Welding and Fabrication among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ITF D-G calls for integration of vocational studies in schools’ curricula
    Economy2 weeks ago

    ITF D-G calls for integration of vocational studies in schools’ curricula

    Mr Josep Ari, the Director-General (D-G), Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has called for integration of vocational studies in schools’ curricular to address unemployment in Nigeria.

    Ari said this at a meeting with the Director-General of the Nigerian Employees Consultative Association (NECA), Mr Wale-Smatt Oyerinde in Abuja.

    The meeting was centered on effective execution of the Technical Skills Development Project.

    It is a joint initiative by the ITF and NECA aimed at ensuring availability of middle-level manpower with the appropriate Technical and Vocational Skills to meet the identified needs of industries in Nigeria.

    Ari said the change was necessary given the rising case of unemployment in the country.

    “Unemployment is rising daily and we want more Nigerians to embrace skills acquisition because white collar jobs are becoming almost non-existent.

    ’’ Ari pledged that ITF would continue to work with NECA and other relevant stakeholders toward finding lasting solution to the problem.

    He said ITF was working towards ensuring a national apprenticeship training system.

    According to him, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is a veritable tool for changing the unemployment narrative of the country.

    Ari said, “ITF and NECA are ready to empower Nigerians with the requisite skills.

    ’’ Also speaking, the Director-General of NECA, Mr Wale-Smatt Oyerinde harped on development of the technical ability of Nigerians.

    He said that most developed countries were driven by the technical ability of the people.

    “Our country is faced with huge challenges and we need to join hands to tackle them.

    “We have an unemployment rate of about 33 per cent with under employment rate of about 20 per cent.

    “With these figures, we know that it has become imperative to deepen our collaboration,’’ he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ITF and NECA are training institutions that empower people in Hydraulics, Machining and Pipe-fitting (Plumbi Welding and Fabrication among others.


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  •  The Kaduna State Government has urged youth to enroll into the Federal Government s Technical and Vocational Education and Training T MAX programme T Max project is a Technical Vocational Education and Training TVET framework designed to equip Nigerians with technical and vocational skills The project seek to maximise existing private and public TVET centres and resources across the country The T MAX project announced that its registration portal would open on Wednesday Sept 7 The Commissioner for Business Innovation and Technology Prof Kabir Mato made the call on the sideline of a master trainers meeting of the project on Tuesday in Kaduna He said the project was in line with the state government s programme under human capital development adding that skills development was a focal area of human capital development Represented by Sagir Balarabe Special Adviser to Gov Nasir El Rufai on Human Capital Development Mato said about 2 000 youths would benefit from the programme in the state The ministry in collaboration with the Industrial Training Fund ITF and office of the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Educational Intervention have identified training centres for the programme The training portal will be open tomorrow trainees are expected to log in all their details after which there will be screening and training would commenced he said He said the trainees would be exposed to automobile agriprenuership agricultural processing and packaging building leather works and processing as well as Information and Communication Technology ICT According to him 40 per cent of the trainees will receive starter packs base on their performances while prizes will be presented to best graduates of the training programme Also Mr Garba Hassan Area Manager ITF Kaduna Area Office said the programme was designed to engage only unemployed and out of school youths within the age bracket of 18 to 35 years He said every eligible youths would be given fair chance and urged them to apply via www projecttmax itf ng The News Agency of Nigeria reports that T MAX project targeted about 15 000 youths in seven participating states in the country They are Kaduna Gombe Nasarawa Ogun Edo Enugu and Lagos States RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG vocational T-MAX project portal opens Sept. 7 – Official
     The Kaduna State Government has urged youth to enroll into the Federal Government s Technical and Vocational Education and Training T MAX programme T Max project is a Technical Vocational Education and Training TVET framework designed to equip Nigerians with technical and vocational skills The project seek to maximise existing private and public TVET centres and resources across the country The T MAX project announced that its registration portal would open on Wednesday Sept 7 The Commissioner for Business Innovation and Technology Prof Kabir Mato made the call on the sideline of a master trainers meeting of the project on Tuesday in Kaduna He said the project was in line with the state government s programme under human capital development adding that skills development was a focal area of human capital development Represented by Sagir Balarabe Special Adviser to Gov Nasir El Rufai on Human Capital Development Mato said about 2 000 youths would benefit from the programme in the state The ministry in collaboration with the Industrial Training Fund ITF and office of the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Educational Intervention have identified training centres for the programme The training portal will be open tomorrow trainees are expected to log in all their details after which there will be screening and training would commenced he said He said the trainees would be exposed to automobile agriprenuership agricultural processing and packaging building leather works and processing as well as Information and Communication Technology ICT According to him 40 per cent of the trainees will receive starter packs base on their performances while prizes will be presented to best graduates of the training programme Also Mr Garba Hassan Area Manager ITF Kaduna Area Office said the programme was designed to engage only unemployed and out of school youths within the age bracket of 18 to 35 years He said every eligible youths would be given fair chance and urged them to apply via www projecttmax itf ng The News Agency of Nigeria reports that T MAX project targeted about 15 000 youths in seven participating states in the country They are Kaduna Gombe Nasarawa Ogun Edo Enugu and Lagos States RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG vocational T-MAX project portal opens Sept. 7 – Official
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    FG vocational T-MAX project portal opens Sept. 7 – Official

    The Kaduna State Government has urged youth to enroll into the Federal Government’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (T-MAX) programme.

    T-Max project is a Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) framework designed to equip Nigerians with technical and vocational skills.

    The project seek to maximise existing private and public TVET centres and resources across the country.

    The T-MAX project announced that its registration portal would open on Wednesday, Sept. 7.The Commissioner for Business, Innovation and Technology Prof. Kabir Mato made the call on the sideline of a master trainers’ meeting of the project, on Tuesday in Kaduna.

    He said the project was in line with the state government’s programme under human capital development, adding that skills development was a focal area of human capital development.

    Represented by Sagir Balarabe, Special Adviser to Gov. Nasir El-Rufai on Human Capital Development, Mato said about 2,000 youths would benefit from the programme in the state.

    “The ministry in collaboration with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and office of the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Educational Intervention have identified training centres for the programme.

    “The training portal will be open tomorrow, trainees are expected to log in all their details after which there will be screening and training would commenced,” he said.

    He said the trainees would be exposed to automobile; agriprenuership, agricultural processing and packaging, building, leather works and processing as well as Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

    According to him, 40 per cent of the trainees will receive starter packs base on their performances while prizes will be presented to best graduates of the training programme.

    Also, Mr Garba Hassan, Area Manager, ITF Kaduna Area Office, said the programme was designed to engage only unemployed and out-of-school youths within the age bracket of 18 to 35 years.

    He said every eligible youths would be given fair chance, and urged them to apply via: www.

    projecttmax.

    itf.

    ng.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that T-MAX project targeted about 15,000 youths in seven participating states in the country.

    They are Kaduna; Gombe, Nasarawa, Ogun, Edo, Enugu and Lagos States. 

    RSA
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  •  The Director General Industrial Training Fund ITF Mr Joseph Ari has urged ITF workforce to imbibe reading culture to boost their capacities to be above those they serve Ari represented by the Director of Research and Curriculum Development Mr Zachariah Piwuna gave the charge on Tuesday in Jos when he declared ITF Library Week open He said that without reading the workforce would not have the required capacity to effectively discharge the fund s onerous mandate to provide promote and regulate quality training in all sectors ITF is expected to be heads and shoulders above those that we serve libraries are an absolute necessity if we must be seen to be effectively discharging our onerous mandate Due to their importance successive managements in the fund have over the years prioritised the libraries here at the headquarters and across our 45 area offices and training centres We provide libraries with current books and journals and other relevant reading materials for the benefit of the workforce and its host communities It will not therefore be farfetched if I should assert that our excellent corporate performances over the years are a product of our investments in libraries and the resultant exposure of the fund s workforce to up to date knowledge trends and best practices he said Ari further said that libraries were vital to us either as individuals organisations or societies as they serve as the repository of academic texts and professional journals a reservoir of knowledge as well as a hub for research According to him efforts have been accelerated to adopt relevant and new technologies including the e library to expand the quantum of resources available in our libraries He stated that doing was for ease of access to these resources in line with the vision of the incumbent management to fully automate the fund s business processes Therefore the choice of Innovation Technologies for the Libraries of the Future as the theme of this year s library week is very germane as it will allow us to harness ideas for full deployment of new technologies in our libraries for better service delivery This is important especially now that digital libraries are fast becoming the norm all over the world as they combine technology and information resources to allow remote access to educational content Digital libraries also help in breaking down physical barriers and creating a virtual heritage of information he added The guest speaker Dr Daniel Abubakar of University of Jos commended the ITF for investing in libraries to boost knowledge sharing Abubakar said that innovation had come stay in modern library and urge the people to update their knowledge of information and communication technologies or be left behind The News Agency of the Nigeria reports that the event featured presentation of books to some staff and guests There were goodwill messages from University of Jos and other institutions NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ITF DG urges staff to imbibe reading culture to improve capacities 
     The Director General Industrial Training Fund ITF Mr Joseph Ari has urged ITF workforce to imbibe reading culture to boost their capacities to be above those they serve Ari represented by the Director of Research and Curriculum Development Mr Zachariah Piwuna gave the charge on Tuesday in Jos when he declared ITF Library Week open He said that without reading the workforce would not have the required capacity to effectively discharge the fund s onerous mandate to provide promote and regulate quality training in all sectors ITF is expected to be heads and shoulders above those that we serve libraries are an absolute necessity if we must be seen to be effectively discharging our onerous mandate Due to their importance successive managements in the fund have over the years prioritised the libraries here at the headquarters and across our 45 area offices and training centres We provide libraries with current books and journals and other relevant reading materials for the benefit of the workforce and its host communities It will not therefore be farfetched if I should assert that our excellent corporate performances over the years are a product of our investments in libraries and the resultant exposure of the fund s workforce to up to date knowledge trends and best practices he said Ari further said that libraries were vital to us either as individuals organisations or societies as they serve as the repository of academic texts and professional journals a reservoir of knowledge as well as a hub for research According to him efforts have been accelerated to adopt relevant and new technologies including the e library to expand the quantum of resources available in our libraries He stated that doing was for ease of access to these resources in line with the vision of the incumbent management to fully automate the fund s business processes Therefore the choice of Innovation Technologies for the Libraries of the Future as the theme of this year s library week is very germane as it will allow us to harness ideas for full deployment of new technologies in our libraries for better service delivery This is important especially now that digital libraries are fast becoming the norm all over the world as they combine technology and information resources to allow remote access to educational content Digital libraries also help in breaking down physical barriers and creating a virtual heritage of information he added The guest speaker Dr Daniel Abubakar of University of Jos commended the ITF for investing in libraries to boost knowledge sharing Abubakar said that innovation had come stay in modern library and urge the people to update their knowledge of information and communication technologies or be left behind The News Agency of the Nigeria reports that the event featured presentation of books to some staff and guests There were goodwill messages from University of Jos and other institutions NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ITF DG urges staff to imbibe reading culture to improve capacities 
    General news4 weeks ago

    ITF DG urges staff to imbibe reading culture to improve capacities 

    The Director General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Mr Joseph Ari, has urged ITF workforce to imbibe reading culture to boost their capacities to be above those they serve.

    Ari, represented by the Director of Research and Curriculum Development, Mr Zachariah Piwuna, gave the charge on Tuesday in Jos, when he declared ITF Library Week open.

    He said that without reading, the workforce would not have the required capacity to effectively discharge the fund’s onerous mandate to provide, promote and regulate quality training in all sectors.

    “ITF is expected to be heads and shoulders above those that we serve, libraries are an absolute necessity if we must be seen to be effectively discharging our onerous mandate.

    “Due to their importance, successive managements in the fund have, over the years, prioritised the libraries here at the headquarters and across our 45 area offices and training centres.

    “We provide libraries with current books and journals and other relevant reading materials for the benefit of the workforce and its host communities.

    “It will not, therefore, be farfetched if I should assert that our excellent corporate performances over the years are a product of our investments in libraries and the resultant exposure of the fund’s workforce to up-to-date knowledge, trends and best practices,” he said.

    Ari further said that libraries were vital to us either as individuals, organisations or societies, as they serve as the repository of academic texts and professional journals, a reservoir of knowledge as well as a hub for research.

    According to him, efforts have been accelerated to adopt relevant and new technologies, including the e-library to expand the quantum of resources available in our libraries.

    He stated that doing was for ease of access to these resources in line with the vision of the incumbent management to fully automate the fund’s business processes.

    “Therefore, the choice of Innovation Technologies for the Libraries of the Future as the theme of this year’s library week is very germane as it will allow us to harness ideas for full deployment of new technologies in our libraries for better service delivery.

    “This is important, especially now that digital libraries are fast becoming the norm all over the world as they combine technology and information resources to allow remote access to educational content.

    “Digital libraries also help in breaking down physical barriers and creating a virtual heritage of information,” he added.

    The guest speaker, Dr Daniel Abubakar of University of Jos, commended the ITF for investing in libraries to boost knowledge sharing.

    Abubakar said that innovation had come stay in modern library and urge the people to update their knowledge of information and communication technologies or be left behind.

    The News Agency of the Nigeria reports that the event featured presentation of books to some staff and guests.

    There were goodwill messages from University of Jos and other institutions.


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  •  The Hydro Power Producing Areas Development Commission HYPPADEC says it has begun the training of its 179 operational personnel on skills development for productivity and service delivery in the commission Managing Director of HYPPADEC Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq Yelwa made this known while inaugurating five day training for the commission s operational personnel on Monday in Birnin Kebbi The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training was organised in collaboration with the Industrial Training Fund ITF Minna Area Office It has as its theme Skills Development for Organisational Productivity The trainees were drawn from the directorate of engineering operations and community and rural development of the agency Sadiq Yelwa said that the crucial roles played by the staffers in the commission necessitated the training hence the need for due process compliance at all times He reiterated the commitment of the commission to train and retrain its workforce for effective service delivery This Sadiq Yelwa said was to enable the workers to better the lives of people in the riverine communities You have a role to play in the development of the commission as you are supposed to lead by example I implore you to display good personality do the work diligently and exhibit character that people will emulate Sadiq Yelwa said The MD represented by the Head of Community and Rural Development of the commission Dr Mamud Umar urged the trainees to take the training seriously He added this would enable them to achieve the policy implementation of the Federal Government at all levels Earlier the Head of Training of ITF Mr Gideon Dada said that the need for the training was seen after a joint discussion with the staffers of the commission We found out that these are new staff that have come in a lot of indoctrination and orientation had been carried out on their duties Dada said the trainees would be proactive and able to face up the challenges on the job at the end of the training A cross section of the trainees promised to utilise the training to enhance their productivity www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    HYPPADEC trains 179 personnel on skills devt. in Kebbi 
     The Hydro Power Producing Areas Development Commission HYPPADEC says it has begun the training of its 179 operational personnel on skills development for productivity and service delivery in the commission Managing Director of HYPPADEC Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq Yelwa made this known while inaugurating five day training for the commission s operational personnel on Monday in Birnin Kebbi The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training was organised in collaboration with the Industrial Training Fund ITF Minna Area Office It has as its theme Skills Development for Organisational Productivity The trainees were drawn from the directorate of engineering operations and community and rural development of the agency Sadiq Yelwa said that the crucial roles played by the staffers in the commission necessitated the training hence the need for due process compliance at all times He reiterated the commitment of the commission to train and retrain its workforce for effective service delivery This Sadiq Yelwa said was to enable the workers to better the lives of people in the riverine communities You have a role to play in the development of the commission as you are supposed to lead by example I implore you to display good personality do the work diligently and exhibit character that people will emulate Sadiq Yelwa said The MD represented by the Head of Community and Rural Development of the commission Dr Mamud Umar urged the trainees to take the training seriously He added this would enable them to achieve the policy implementation of the Federal Government at all levels Earlier the Head of Training of ITF Mr Gideon Dada said that the need for the training was seen after a joint discussion with the staffers of the commission We found out that these are new staff that have come in a lot of indoctrination and orientation had been carried out on their duties Dada said the trainees would be proactive and able to face up the challenges on the job at the end of the training A cross section of the trainees promised to utilise the training to enhance their productivity www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    HYPPADEC trains 179 personnel on skills devt. in Kebbi 
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    HYPPADEC trains 179 personnel on skills devt. in Kebbi 

    The Hydro Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC), says it has begun the training of its 179 operational personnel on skills development for productivity and service delivery in the commission.

    Managing Director of HYPPADEC, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq-Yelwa, made this known while inaugurating five-day training for the commission’s operational personnel on Monday in Birnin Kebbi.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training was organised  in collaboration with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Minna Area Office.

    It has as its theme: ‘Skills Development for Organisational Productivity.

    ’ The trainees were drawn from the directorate of engineering, operations, and community and rural development of the agency.

    Sadiq-Yelwa said that the crucial roles played by the staffers in the commission necessitated the training, hence the need for due process compliance at all times.

    He reiterated the commitment of the commission to train and retrain its workforce for effective service delivery.

    This, Sadiq-Yelwa said, was to enable the workers to better the lives of people in the riverine communities.

    “You have a role to play in the development of the commission as you are supposed to lead by example.

    “I implore you to display good personality; do the work diligently and exhibit character that people will emulate,” Sadiq-Yelwa said.

    The MD, represented by the Head of Community and Rural Development of the commission, Dr Mamud Umar, urged the trainees to take the training seriously.

    He added this would enable them to achieve the policy implementation of the Federal Government at all levels Earlier, the Head of Training of ITF, Mr Gideon Dada, said that the need for the training was seen after a joint discussion with the staffers of the commission.

    “We found out that these are new staff that have come in; a lot of indoctrination and orientation had been carried out on their duties.

    ” Dada said, ”the trainees would be proactive and able to face up the challenges on the job at the end of the training.

    ” A cross-section of the trainees promised to utilise the training to enhance their productivity.

    ( www.


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  •  The Industrial Training Fund ITF says it projects to train 27 000 youths by the end of its strategic policy direction for 2022 2025 The Director General of the ITF Sir Joseph Ari said this at the 2022 half year performance review meeting on Thursday in Jos Ari said that the strategic policy direction for 2022 2025 entitled Re Engineering Skills for Sustainable Development was projected to train 27 000 youths He said the trained youths would be provided with the required start up packs at the end of the policy He further said that the fund s commercialisation efforts in the strategic policy would open new streams of income for the ITF Ari said that the review meeting was an avenue to thoroughly discuss the new strategy policy plan for 2022 2025 The director general said it was also meant to evaluate how the fund had impacted the human resource development sector in its 50 years of existence He said that the management of ITF were committed toward ensuring that the fund remained a leader in the human resource development sector The director general added that the ITF would continuously provide credible and enduring leadership that would inspire its staff for the continued growth of the fund He commended the staff for being key drivers of the fund s initiatives and programmes Ari told the staff of the fund that more could be achieved for its survival by their redoubled commitment better work ethics and adherence to the ITF s core values The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme for the half year review was Consolidating the Gains of HRD beyond 50 years of the ITF s existence NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ITF to train 27,000 youths before 2025
     The Industrial Training Fund ITF says it projects to train 27 000 youths by the end of its strategic policy direction for 2022 2025 The Director General of the ITF Sir Joseph Ari said this at the 2022 half year performance review meeting on Thursday in Jos Ari said that the strategic policy direction for 2022 2025 entitled Re Engineering Skills for Sustainable Development was projected to train 27 000 youths He said the trained youths would be provided with the required start up packs at the end of the policy He further said that the fund s commercialisation efforts in the strategic policy would open new streams of income for the ITF Ari said that the review meeting was an avenue to thoroughly discuss the new strategy policy plan for 2022 2025 The director general said it was also meant to evaluate how the fund had impacted the human resource development sector in its 50 years of existence He said that the management of ITF were committed toward ensuring that the fund remained a leader in the human resource development sector The director general added that the ITF would continuously provide credible and enduring leadership that would inspire its staff for the continued growth of the fund He commended the staff for being key drivers of the fund s initiatives and programmes Ari told the staff of the fund that more could be achieved for its survival by their redoubled commitment better work ethics and adherence to the ITF s core values The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme for the half year review was Consolidating the Gains of HRD beyond 50 years of the ITF s existence NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ITF to train 27,000 youths before 2025
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    ITF to train 27,000 youths before 2025

    The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) says it projects to train 27,000 youths by the end of its strategic policy direction for 2022-2025. The Director-General of the ITF, Sir Joseph Ari, said this at the 2022 half year performance review meeting on Thursday in Jos. Ari said that the strategic policy direction for 2022-2025, entitled “Re-Engineering Skills for Sustainable Development,” was projected to train 27,000 youths.

    He said the trained youths would be provided with the required start-up packs at the end of the policy.

    He further said that the fund’s commercialisation efforts in the strategic policy would open new streams of income for the ITF.

    Ari said that the review meeting was an avenue to thoroughly discuss the new strategy policy plan for 2022-2025. The director-general said it was also meant to evaluate how the fund had impacted the human resource development sector in its 50 years of existence.

    He said that the management of ITF were committed toward ensuring that the fund remained a leader in the human resource development sector.  

    The director-general added that the ITF would continuously provide credible and enduring leadership that would inspire its staff for the continued growth of the fund.

    He commended the staff for being key drivers of the fund’s initiatives and programmes.

    Ari told the staff of the fund that more could be achieved for its survival by their redoubled commitment, better work ethics and adherence to the ITF’s core values.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme for the half year review was “Consolidating the Gains of HRD beyond 50 years of the ITF’s existence .


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  •   2000 Kaduna citizens to benefit from FG vocational T MAX programme The Senior Special Assistant SSA to the President on Educational Intervention Fela Bank Olemoh says 2 000 people in Kaduna State will be equipped with technical and vocational skills through the Federal Government Project T MAX Bank Olemoh said this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Acting Governor of Kaduna State on Tuesday at the Government House According to him Kaduna and six other states were selected to pilot the programme targeted at 15 000 beneficiaries in Nigeria He said Gombe Lagos Ogun Edo Enugu Kaduna and Nasarawa were the seven states selected for the pilot programme The SSA said the 15 000 Nigerians would be equipped with vocational skills in the next three months during the programme Bank Olemoh said that by 2023 the programme would be scaled up to one million Nigerians using the facilities that exist within the eco system He said the gesture was part of the Federal Government s commitment to empower Nigerians with skills Things are tough the best thing to give Nigerians is skills and starter packs Students that did well in their final test after the training will be given starter packs he said The SSA explained that Project T MAX is a Technical and Vocational Education and Training Programme approved by the National Steering Committee on National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy NPRGS He said it was aimed at achieving the Federal Government s goal of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty with NPRGS as one of the core poverty interventions by 2030 In her remark Dr Hadiza Balarabe Acting Governor of Kaduna State commended the programme which she said aligned with the state government s human capital development initiative especially in skills and talent development Balarabe represented by the Commissioner for Business Innovation and Technology Prof Kabir Mato said the state government would work with Project T Max and ITF for the success of the project in the state She said the state government believes in partnership and collaborations in delivering its governance agenda The acting governor described the programme as laudable and timely especially to Kaduna State as one of the states in the pilot phase of the project that would run from August to December It is our hope that the programme will run seamlessly with a hitch free implementation across the nation and in particular Kaduna state she said Balarabe assured government continued commitment through provision of enabling environment for the smooth implementation of the programme in the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2000 Kaduna citizens to benefit from FG vocational T-MAX programme
      2000 Kaduna citizens to benefit from FG vocational T MAX programme The Senior Special Assistant SSA to the President on Educational Intervention Fela Bank Olemoh says 2 000 people in Kaduna State will be equipped with technical and vocational skills through the Federal Government Project T MAX Bank Olemoh said this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Acting Governor of Kaduna State on Tuesday at the Government House According to him Kaduna and six other states were selected to pilot the programme targeted at 15 000 beneficiaries in Nigeria He said Gombe Lagos Ogun Edo Enugu Kaduna and Nasarawa were the seven states selected for the pilot programme The SSA said the 15 000 Nigerians would be equipped with vocational skills in the next three months during the programme Bank Olemoh said that by 2023 the programme would be scaled up to one million Nigerians using the facilities that exist within the eco system He said the gesture was part of the Federal Government s commitment to empower Nigerians with skills Things are tough the best thing to give Nigerians is skills and starter packs Students that did well in their final test after the training will be given starter packs he said The SSA explained that Project T MAX is a Technical and Vocational Education and Training Programme approved by the National Steering Committee on National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy NPRGS He said it was aimed at achieving the Federal Government s goal of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty with NPRGS as one of the core poverty interventions by 2030 In her remark Dr Hadiza Balarabe Acting Governor of Kaduna State commended the programme which she said aligned with the state government s human capital development initiative especially in skills and talent development Balarabe represented by the Commissioner for Business Innovation and Technology Prof Kabir Mato said the state government would work with Project T Max and ITF for the success of the project in the state She said the state government believes in partnership and collaborations in delivering its governance agenda The acting governor described the programme as laudable and timely especially to Kaduna State as one of the states in the pilot phase of the project that would run from August to December It is our hope that the programme will run seamlessly with a hitch free implementation across the nation and in particular Kaduna state she said Balarabe assured government continued commitment through provision of enabling environment for the smooth implementation of the programme in the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2000 Kaduna citizens to benefit from FG vocational T-MAX programme
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    2000 Kaduna citizens to benefit from FG vocational T-MAX programme

    2000 Kaduna citizens to benefit from FG vocational T-MAX programme The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Educational Intervention, Fela Bank-Olemoh says 2,000 people in Kaduna State will be equipped with technical and vocational skills through the Federal Government Project T-MAX.

    Bank-Olemoh said this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Acting Governor of Kaduna State on Tuesday at the Government House.

    According to him, Kaduna and six other states were selected to pilot the programme targeted at 15,000 beneficiaries in Nigeria.

    He said Gombe, Lagos, Ogun, Edo, Enugu, Kaduna, and Nasarawa were the seven states selected for the pilot programme.

    The SSA said the 15,000 Nigerians would be equipped with vocational skills in the next three months during the programme.

    Bank-Olemoh said that by 2023, the programme would be scaled up to one million Nigerians using the facilities that exist within the eco system.

    He said the gesture was part of the Federal Government’s commitment to empower Nigerians with skills.

    “Things are tough; the best thing to give Nigerians is skills and starter packs.

    Students that did well in their final test after the training will be given starter packs,” he said.

    The SSA explained that Project T-MAX is a Technical and Vocational Education and Training Programme approved by the National Steering Committee on National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS).

    He said it was aimed at achieving the Federal Government’s goal of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty with NPRGS as one of the core poverty interventions by 2030. In her remark, Dr Hadiza  Balarabe, Acting Governor of Kaduna State, commended the programme which she said aligned with the state government’s human capital development initiative, especially in skills and talent development.

    Balarabe, represented by the Commissioner for Business Innovation and Technology, Prof. Kabir Mato, said the state government would work with Project T-Max and ITF for the success of the project in the state.

    She said the state government believes in partnership and collaborations in delivering its governance agenda.

    The acting governor described the programme as laudable and timely, especially to Kaduna State as one of the states in the pilot phase of the project that would run from August to December.

    “It is our hope that the programme will run seamlessly with a hitch-free implementation across the nation and in particular, Kaduna state,” she said.

    Balarabe assured government continued commitment through provision of enabling environment for the smooth implementation of the programme in the state.


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  •  Stakeholders in the automobile industry have appealed for the speedy passage of the Automobile Policy to engender growth in the industry At the Maiden Auto CEOs Forum held in Abuja on Thursday they also decried lack of an Auto Purchase Credit Scheme for Nigerians purchase vehicles on a staggered payment scheme They argued that if such scheme was made available people would be able to buy new vehicles and the business of local assemblers in the country would thrive Mr Remi Olaife Executive Director Nigeria Automobile Manufacturers Association NAMA said that lack of political will was the main constraint of the industry We are not ready as a country to move How long are we going to wait The Auto policy was approved during President Goodluck Jonathan administration and till date they are still trying to make it a law All what is said today has already been said If we do not have the political will nothing gets done The funds are there it is for us to decide what we want to do Representing the Director General of BPP the Director of Procurement Mr Eze Obasi urged the automobile companies to upgrade their status to enable them benefit from the bureau s policy Federal Government have a policy aimed at enabling indeginious firms to grow We recommend agencies to patronise upgraded companies who have met all the requirements of tax clearance CAC registration PENCOM certifications ITF and NSITF However there is need for a deliberate collaboration among you You also need to collaborate with smaller firms that can provide the necessary components you need to thrive If you are not registered with the bureau you cannot do business with the government Obasi said Earlier the former Acting Director General National Automotive Design and Development Council NADDC Lukman Mamood urged the NAMA to come together in one voice He said they should form a formidable force that would engage the government and relevant stakeholders on the way forward for the industry He said the objective of the policy was to establish a dynamic fiscal policy to attract and sustain investments It is aimed to one million automobiles for transport mining and agriculture attract FDI and renew Nigerian vehicle stock and reverse pressure on balance of payment and strengthen the naira It is also aimed at establishing automotive manufacturing infrastructure and increase industry employment among other things Mamood said He said the requirements for the industry s development however entailed incentives and supportive measures legislation market and skills development among other things The Controller of Customs Musa Baba said that the industry had to be private driven for effective and efficient growth On purchase of vehicles he said We have to look into financing of the industry that is the purchase of vehicles Also let us identify people who have true passion to push through the objectives of the forum Meanwhile the Chief Executive Officer Nord Automobiles Ltd Oluwatobi Atayi decried the non financing of automobile business in Nigeria due to high interest rate He urged that the National Automotive Council NAC levy on importation of vehicles to the country should be channeled as supposed to the automobile industry The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the forum was attended by stakeholders and players in the industry NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Stakeholders clamour speedy passage of automobile policy 
     Stakeholders in the automobile industry have appealed for the speedy passage of the Automobile Policy to engender growth in the industry At the Maiden Auto CEOs Forum held in Abuja on Thursday they also decried lack of an Auto Purchase Credit Scheme for Nigerians purchase vehicles on a staggered payment scheme They argued that if such scheme was made available people would be able to buy new vehicles and the business of local assemblers in the country would thrive Mr Remi Olaife Executive Director Nigeria Automobile Manufacturers Association NAMA said that lack of political will was the main constraint of the industry We are not ready as a country to move How long are we going to wait The Auto policy was approved during President Goodluck Jonathan administration and till date they are still trying to make it a law All what is said today has already been said If we do not have the political will nothing gets done The funds are there it is for us to decide what we want to do Representing the Director General of BPP the Director of Procurement Mr Eze Obasi urged the automobile companies to upgrade their status to enable them benefit from the bureau s policy Federal Government have a policy aimed at enabling indeginious firms to grow We recommend agencies to patronise upgraded companies who have met all the requirements of tax clearance CAC registration PENCOM certifications ITF and NSITF However there is need for a deliberate collaboration among you You also need to collaborate with smaller firms that can provide the necessary components you need to thrive If you are not registered with the bureau you cannot do business with the government Obasi said Earlier the former Acting Director General National Automotive Design and Development Council NADDC Lukman Mamood urged the NAMA to come together in one voice He said they should form a formidable force that would engage the government and relevant stakeholders on the way forward for the industry He said the objective of the policy was to establish a dynamic fiscal policy to attract and sustain investments It is aimed to one million automobiles for transport mining and agriculture attract FDI and renew Nigerian vehicle stock and reverse pressure on balance of payment and strengthen the naira It is also aimed at establishing automotive manufacturing infrastructure and increase industry employment among other things Mamood said He said the requirements for the industry s development however entailed incentives and supportive measures legislation market and skills development among other things The Controller of Customs Musa Baba said that the industry had to be private driven for effective and efficient growth On purchase of vehicles he said We have to look into financing of the industry that is the purchase of vehicles Also let us identify people who have true passion to push through the objectives of the forum Meanwhile the Chief Executive Officer Nord Automobiles Ltd Oluwatobi Atayi decried the non financing of automobile business in Nigeria due to high interest rate He urged that the National Automotive Council NAC levy on importation of vehicles to the country should be channeled as supposed to the automobile industry The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the forum was attended by stakeholders and players in the industry NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Stakeholders clamour speedy passage of automobile policy 
    General news2 months ago

    Stakeholders clamour speedy passage of automobile policy 

    Stakeholders in the automobile industry have appealed for the speedy passage of the Automobile Policy to engender growth in the industry.

    At the Maiden Auto CEOs Forum held in Abuja on Thursday, they also decried lack of an Auto Purchase Credit Scheme for Nigerians purchase vehicles on a staggered payment scheme.

    They argued that if such scheme was made available, people would be able to buy new vehicles and the business of local assemblers in the country would thrive.

    Mr Remi Olaife, Executive Director, Nigeria Automobile Manufacturers Association (NAMA)  said that lack of political will was the main constraint of the industry.

    ”We are not ready as a country to move.

    How long are we going to wait.

    ”The Auto policy was approved  during President Goodluck Jonathan administration and till date they are still trying to make it a law.

    ”All what is said today has already been said.

    If we do not have the political will, nothing gets done.

    The funds are there, it is for us to decide what we want to do.

    Representing the Director-General of BPP, the Director of Procurement, Mr Eze Obasi,  urged the automobile companies to upgrade their status to enable them benefit from the bureau’s policy.

    ”Federal Government have a policy aimed at enabling indeginious firms to grow.

    ”We recommend agencies to patronise upgraded companies who have met all the requirements of tax clearance, CAC registration, PENCOM certifications, ITF and NSITF.

    ”However, there is need for a deliberate collaboration among you.

    You also need to collaborate with smaller firms that can provide  the necessary components  you need to thrive.

    ”If you are not registered with the bureau, you cannot do business with the government,”Obasi said.

    Earlier, the former Acting Director-General, National Automotive Design and Development Council(NADDC), Lukman Mamood, urged the NAMA to come together in one voice.

    He said they should form a formidable force that would engage the government and relevant stakeholders on the way forward for the industry.

    He said the objective of the policy was to establish a dynamic fiscal policy to attract and sustain investments.

    ”It is aimed to one million automobiles for transport, mining and agriculture, attract FDI and renew Nigerian vehicle stock and reverse pressure  on balance of payment and strengthen the naira.

    ”It is also aimed at establishing automotive manufacturing infrastructure and increase industry employment among other things,” Mamood said.

    He said the requirements for the industry’s development, however, entailed incentives and supportive measures, legislation, market and skills development among other things.

    The Controller of Customs, Musa Baba, said that the industry had to be private driven for effective and efficient growth.

    On purchase of vehicles, he said: ”We have to look into financing of the industry, that is the purchase of vehicles.

    ”Also, let us identify people who have true passion to push through the objectives of the forum.

    ”Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer, Nord Automobiles Ltd., Oluwatobi Atayi, decried the non financing of automobile business in Nigeria due to high interest rate.

    He urged that the National Automotive Council (NAC) levy on importation of vehicles to the country should be channeled as supposed to the automobile industry.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the forum was attended by stakeholders and players in the industry.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Mr Joseph Ari the Director General Industrial Training Fund ITF says that the fund will be reviewing and refocusing its strategies to meet the nation s skills requirement in line with global best practices Ari who said this on Monday in Jos while briefing the press said that unemployment in Nigeria was worrisome The fund found it imperative to review and refocus its strategies to address and to meet the skills requirement of the nation in line with global best practices This is based on the available statistics and in line with the fund s mandate of developing a vast pool of skilled manpower sufficient to meet the needs of the public and private sectors The fund will upscale it s activities to address the soaring unemployment and other socio economic challenges It will do these by leveraging its Experience Expertise and Expansive network and the deployment of technology for wider coverage and more flexible service delivery the director general said He added that the new policy framework which had the theme Re Engineering Skills for Sustainable Development had external and internal components Ari said that the internal components of the plan entailed value reorientation industrial development commercialisation of ITF facilities alternative funding window deployment and promotion Similarly he said that the annual budget preparation and revenue generation were intended to drive the external components of the new policy direction The ITF boss said that the external components covered standardisation and certification technical and vocational skills training programmes skills intervention programmes and electronic and virtual learning He added that it also included optimal utilisation of Skills Training Centres STCs and Vocational Wings VWs To further address the problems of rising unemployment and under employment the fund is re engineering its skills intervention programmes through National Apprenticeship and Traineeship System NATS To achieve this the fund will register as a super certification centre and extend the duration of the skills intervention programmes in line with NATS six months for traineeship and one year for apprenticeship The fund will procure and provide start up packs for trainees in the succeeding year design and develop skills intervention programmes and identify and engage accr NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ITF set to review, refocus to meet nation’s skills requirement – DG
     Mr Joseph Ari the Director General Industrial Training Fund ITF says that the fund will be reviewing and refocusing its strategies to meet the nation s skills requirement in line with global best practices Ari who said this on Monday in Jos while briefing the press said that unemployment in Nigeria was worrisome The fund found it imperative to review and refocus its strategies to address and to meet the skills requirement of the nation in line with global best practices This is based on the available statistics and in line with the fund s mandate of developing a vast pool of skilled manpower sufficient to meet the needs of the public and private sectors The fund will upscale it s activities to address the soaring unemployment and other socio economic challenges It will do these by leveraging its Experience Expertise and Expansive network and the deployment of technology for wider coverage and more flexible service delivery the director general said He added that the new policy framework which had the theme Re Engineering Skills for Sustainable Development had external and internal components Ari said that the internal components of the plan entailed value reorientation industrial development commercialisation of ITF facilities alternative funding window deployment and promotion Similarly he said that the annual budget preparation and revenue generation were intended to drive the external components of the new policy direction The ITF boss said that the external components covered standardisation and certification technical and vocational skills training programmes skills intervention programmes and electronic and virtual learning He added that it also included optimal utilisation of Skills Training Centres STCs and Vocational Wings VWs To further address the problems of rising unemployment and under employment the fund is re engineering its skills intervention programmes through National Apprenticeship and Traineeship System NATS To achieve this the fund will register as a super certification centre and extend the duration of the skills intervention programmes in line with NATS six months for traineeship and one year for apprenticeship The fund will procure and provide start up packs for trainees in the succeeding year design and develop skills intervention programmes and identify and engage accr NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ITF set to review, refocus to meet nation’s skills requirement – DG
    General news2 months ago

    ITF set to review, refocus to meet nation’s skills requirement – DG

    Mr Joseph Ari, the Director-General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), says that the fund will be reviewing and refocusing its strategies to meet the nation’s skills requirement in line with global best practices.

    Ari, who said this on Monday in Jos while briefing the press, said that unemployment in Nigeria was worrisome.

    “The fund found it imperative to review and refocus its strategies to address and to meet the skills requirement of the nation in line with global best practices.

    “This is based on the available statistics, and in line with the fund’s mandate of developing a vast pool of skilled manpower sufficient to meet the needs of the public and private sectors “The fund will upscale it’s activities to address the soaring unemployment and other socio-economic challenges.

    “It will do these by leveraging its Experience, Expertise and Expansive network and the deployment of technology for wider coverage and more flexible service delivery,” the director-general said.

    He added that the new policy framework, which had the theme, “Re-Engineering Skills for Sustainable Development” had external and internal components.

    Ari said that the internal components of the plan entailed value reorientation, industrial development, commercialisation of ITF facilities, alternative funding window, deployment and promotion.

    Similarly, he said that the annual budget preparation and revenue generation were intended to drive the external components of the new policy direction.

    The ITF boss said that the external components covered standardisation and certification, technical and vocational skills training programmes, skills intervention programmes, and electronic and virtual learning.

    He added that it also included optimal utilisation of Skills Training Centres (STCs) and Vocational Wings (VWs).

    “To further address the problems of rising unemployment and under-employment, the fund is re-engineering its skills intervention programmes through National Apprenticeship and Traineeship System (NATS).

    “To achieve this, the fund will register as a super certification centre and extend the duration of the skills intervention programmes in line with NATS (six months for traineeship and one year for apprenticeship).

    “The fund will procure and provide start-up packs for trainees in the succeeding year; design and develop skills intervention programmes; and identify and engage accr
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Director General of the Industrial Training Fund ITF Mr Joseph Ari says institutionalising apprenticeship and traineeship will address the high rate of poverty and unemployment Ari said this on Thursday in Abuja at the Second National Skills programme with the theme Institutionalising Apprecenticiship and Traineeship for National Development According to him the increasing rate of unemployment and poverty is a wakeup call for all including ITF which core mandate is skills development to seek lasting solution He said the choice of this theme was deliberate because of soaring unemployment and poverty in Nigeria and how we can apply apprenticeship in resolving it This is bearing in mind how well it worked miracles for countries that took that route when they contended with issues such as we are facing now Ari said repositioning apprenticeship would help tackle increasing poverty and unemployment as indicated by the National Bureau of Statistics NBS The NBS in its Labour Force Statistics Unemployment and Underemployment Report of Q4 2020 unemployed persons in the economically active or working age 15 to 65 was 122 049 400 Of this number 69 675 468 were willing to work but only 46 488 079 were in paid employment What could be inferred from the survey is that more than 23 million Nigerians that were perhaps qualified and willing to work were without jobs It also shows that the unemployment rate among the youth 15 to 35 years was up by eight per cent It rose from 34 9 per cent to 42 5 per cent which is the highest among other age groupings within the period under review he said Ari expressed concern that in spite of the high unemployment rate rather than absence of jobs vacancies still existed in several sectors He said that a Skills Gap Assessment of six priority sectors revealed that some vacancies could not be filled by Nigerians because of lack of requisite skills The question that arises from this paradox is how can we plug these gaps using apprenticeship The answer to this question can be found in countries such as Germany China Australia USA and others These countries at various times faced similar challenges such as we are contending with What they did was to pour greater investments in skills acquisition and apprenticeship training he said While citing instances of how countries like Germany scaled the hurdle the director general said they saw potential in apprenticeship and took advantage of it In Germany about two decades ago there was mass unemployment with roughly five million unemployed people and low employment rates Today nearly two thirds of young Germans are enrolled in apprenticeships once they leave full time education using the German Dual Vocational and educational training DVT he said England in 2009 made concerted efforts to increase the number of apprenticeships to combat youth unemployment by creating National Apprenticeship Service Between 2009 and 2014 the number of active apprentices in the country doubled from 444 800 to 851 500 While France in 2020 alone spent more than a billion Euros to boost its apprenticeship programmes Ari explained that apprenticeship had been an age long tradition and an institution in Nigeria He said that it was a common feature in the traditional setting to see people engage in vocations like farming carving carpentry catering and building among others He however expressed concern that the potential of apprenticeship in tackling unemployment and poverty had not been fully actualised in Nigeria The director general said the traditional apprenticeship which was still being practised in Nigeria was not viable enough to curb issues of unemployment and other societal problems Ari said it was in the realisation of the numerous benefits of apprenticeship that ITF took the lead in collaboration with critical stakeholders to ensure its institutionalisation He commended the Federal Government for establishing ITF to help harness potential in vocational skills to effect the needed change Ari said in its fifty years of existence ITF had pursued its mandate with single mindedness and vigour He said that ITF had trained more than 22 million Nigerians whose contributions to the growth of the various sectors of the economy could not be quantified According to him ITF liaised with a total of 1 353 companies for promotion of in company apprenticeship activities between 2010 and 2019 alone He stressed that the fund visited and appraised 1 146 companies to determine their potential to conduct apprentice training in identified trade areas In addition it harmonised 444 existing In company apprenticeship schemes of companies in line with the ITF National Apprenticeship scheme It also installed the scheme in 286 companies as well as monitored 831 companies leading to the training of 36 397 most of whom are gainfully employed The ITF boss disclosed that the fund was currently working on bringing in skills intervention programmes like National Industrial Skills Development Programme NISDP He said that Women Skills Empowerment Programme WOSEP and Passion to Profession Programme P2PP were being considered among others Ari called on curriculum planners and employers associations to design youth apprenticeship programmes among other suggestions He expressed optimism that the programme would provide the platform to articulate strategies for a robust apprenticeship scheme in Nigeria The Minister of Industry Trade and Investment Adeniyi Adebayo commended ITF s commitment to creating avenues for dialogue on ways of enhancing skills acquisition He lauded the convening of the programme saying its theme aligned with efforts by the Federal Government to resolve challenges linked with rising unemployment and poverty Adebayo who was represented by the Minister of State for Industry Trade and Investment Maryam Katagum commended ITF for being one of the foremost agencies under the ministry You may be aware that the Federal Government has through its Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs initiated and implemented a number of programmes Programmes that have recorded positive results especially in terms of uplifting the living standards of Nigerians as well as developing national economy What government however finds worrisome is that although most of our programmes get expected outcomes in terms of jobs created Nigerians with the requisite skills are lacking he said The minister assured of the ministry s commitment to implementing resolutions that would emerge from the summit The Chairman Oil and Gas Free Zone Dr Chris Asoluka said the move toward institutionalising apprecenticiship and traineeship for national development was achievable Asoluka who was the theme paper presenter urged the director general of ITF to assemble the best brains and people who shared in his vision to come up with workable framework He said that a properly planned framework would engender better policy or law that would drive the idea and ensure effective implementation Meanwhile goodwill messages were delivered by the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development Pauline Tallen and Mr Olawale Fasanya Director General Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN Other critical stakeholders including the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association NECA and the British High Commission to Nigeria also delivered their goodwill messages They all expressed commitment to working with ITF to upscale job creation while drastically reducing poverty in Nigeria The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programme which had two plenary sessions had discussants who spoke on developing functional framework for national apprenticeship and traineeship scheme The discussants also spoke on the issues and prospects of apprenticeship and traineeship scheme in Nigeria The ITF was established by the Federal Government to set and regulate training standards and offer direct training intervention among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Institutionalising apprenticeship panacea for tackling poverty, unemployment— ITF boss
     The Director General of the Industrial Training Fund ITF Mr Joseph Ari says institutionalising apprenticeship and traineeship will address the high rate of poverty and unemployment Ari said this on Thursday in Abuja at the Second National Skills programme with the theme Institutionalising Apprecenticiship and Traineeship for National Development According to him the increasing rate of unemployment and poverty is a wakeup call for all including ITF which core mandate is skills development to seek lasting solution He said the choice of this theme was deliberate because of soaring unemployment and poverty in Nigeria and how we can apply apprenticeship in resolving it This is bearing in mind how well it worked miracles for countries that took that route when they contended with issues such as we are facing now Ari said repositioning apprenticeship would help tackle increasing poverty and unemployment as indicated by the National Bureau of Statistics NBS The NBS in its Labour Force Statistics Unemployment and Underemployment Report of Q4 2020 unemployed persons in the economically active or working age 15 to 65 was 122 049 400 Of this number 69 675 468 were willing to work but only 46 488 079 were in paid employment What could be inferred from the survey is that more than 23 million Nigerians that were perhaps qualified and willing to work were without jobs It also shows that the unemployment rate among the youth 15 to 35 years was up by eight per cent It rose from 34 9 per cent to 42 5 per cent which is the highest among other age groupings within the period under review he said Ari expressed concern that in spite of the high unemployment rate rather than absence of jobs vacancies still existed in several sectors He said that a Skills Gap Assessment of six priority sectors revealed that some vacancies could not be filled by Nigerians because of lack of requisite skills The question that arises from this paradox is how can we plug these gaps using apprenticeship The answer to this question can be found in countries such as Germany China Australia USA and others These countries at various times faced similar challenges such as we are contending with What they did was to pour greater investments in skills acquisition and apprenticeship training he said While citing instances of how countries like Germany scaled the hurdle the director general said they saw potential in apprenticeship and took advantage of it In Germany about two decades ago there was mass unemployment with roughly five million unemployed people and low employment rates Today nearly two thirds of young Germans are enrolled in apprenticeships once they leave full time education using the German Dual Vocational and educational training DVT he said England in 2009 made concerted efforts to increase the number of apprenticeships to combat youth unemployment by creating National Apprenticeship Service Between 2009 and 2014 the number of active apprentices in the country doubled from 444 800 to 851 500 While France in 2020 alone spent more than a billion Euros to boost its apprenticeship programmes Ari explained that apprenticeship had been an age long tradition and an institution in Nigeria He said that it was a common feature in the traditional setting to see people engage in vocations like farming carving carpentry catering and building among others He however expressed concern that the potential of apprenticeship in tackling unemployment and poverty had not been fully actualised in Nigeria The director general said the traditional apprenticeship which was still being practised in Nigeria was not viable enough to curb issues of unemployment and other societal problems Ari said it was in the realisation of the numerous benefits of apprenticeship that ITF took the lead in collaboration with critical stakeholders to ensure its institutionalisation He commended the Federal Government for establishing ITF to help harness potential in vocational skills to effect the needed change Ari said in its fifty years of existence ITF had pursued its mandate with single mindedness and vigour He said that ITF had trained more than 22 million Nigerians whose contributions to the growth of the various sectors of the economy could not be quantified According to him ITF liaised with a total of 1 353 companies for promotion of in company apprenticeship activities between 2010 and 2019 alone He stressed that the fund visited and appraised 1 146 companies to determine their potential to conduct apprentice training in identified trade areas In addition it harmonised 444 existing In company apprenticeship schemes of companies in line with the ITF National Apprenticeship scheme It also installed the scheme in 286 companies as well as monitored 831 companies leading to the training of 36 397 most of whom are gainfully employed The ITF boss disclosed that the fund was currently working on bringing in skills intervention programmes like National Industrial Skills Development Programme NISDP He said that Women Skills Empowerment Programme WOSEP and Passion to Profession Programme P2PP were being considered among others Ari called on curriculum planners and employers associations to design youth apprenticeship programmes among other suggestions He expressed optimism that the programme would provide the platform to articulate strategies for a robust apprenticeship scheme in Nigeria The Minister of Industry Trade and Investment Adeniyi Adebayo commended ITF s commitment to creating avenues for dialogue on ways of enhancing skills acquisition He lauded the convening of the programme saying its theme aligned with efforts by the Federal Government to resolve challenges linked with rising unemployment and poverty Adebayo who was represented by the Minister of State for Industry Trade and Investment Maryam Katagum commended ITF for being one of the foremost agencies under the ministry You may be aware that the Federal Government has through its Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs initiated and implemented a number of programmes Programmes that have recorded positive results especially in terms of uplifting the living standards of Nigerians as well as developing national economy What government however finds worrisome is that although most of our programmes get expected outcomes in terms of jobs created Nigerians with the requisite skills are lacking he said The minister assured of the ministry s commitment to implementing resolutions that would emerge from the summit The Chairman Oil and Gas Free Zone Dr Chris Asoluka said the move toward institutionalising apprecenticiship and traineeship for national development was achievable Asoluka who was the theme paper presenter urged the director general of ITF to assemble the best brains and people who shared in his vision to come up with workable framework He said that a properly planned framework would engender better policy or law that would drive the idea and ensure effective implementation Meanwhile goodwill messages were delivered by the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development Pauline Tallen and Mr Olawale Fasanya Director General Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN Other critical stakeholders including the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association NECA and the British High Commission to Nigeria also delivered their goodwill messages They all expressed commitment to working with ITF to upscale job creation while drastically reducing poverty in Nigeria The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programme which had two plenary sessions had discussants who spoke on developing functional framework for national apprenticeship and traineeship scheme The discussants also spoke on the issues and prospects of apprenticeship and traineeship scheme in Nigeria The ITF was established by the Federal Government to set and regulate training standards and offer direct training intervention among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Institutionalising apprenticeship panacea for tackling poverty, unemployment— ITF boss
    Economy3 months ago

    Institutionalising apprenticeship panacea for tackling poverty, unemployment— ITF boss

    The Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Mr Joseph Ari says institutionalising apprenticeship and traineeship will address the high rate of poverty and unemployment.

    Ari said this on Thursday in Abuja at the Second National Skills programme with the theme, “Institutionalising Apprecenticiship and Traineeship for National Development”.

    According to him, the increasing rate of unemployment and poverty is a wakeup call for all including ITF, which core mandate is skills development to seek lasting solution.

    He said the choice of this theme was deliberate because of soaring unemployment and poverty in Nigeria and how we can apply apprenticeship in resolving it.

    “This is bearing in mind how well it worked miracles for countries that took that route when they contended with issues such as we are facing now.”

    Ari said repositioning apprenticeship would help tackle increasing poverty and unemployment as indicated by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

    The NBS in its Labour Force Statistics, Unemployment and Underemployment Report of Q4 2020, unemployed persons in the economically active or working age, 15 to 65 was 122,049,400.

    “Of this number, 69, 675,468 were willing to work, but only 46,488,079 were in paid employment.

    “What could be inferred from the survey is that more than 23 million Nigerians that were perhaps qualified and willing to work were without jobs.

    “It also shows that the unemployment rate among the youth, 15 to 35 years, was up by eight per cent.

    “It rose from 34.9 per cent to 42.5 per cent, which is the highest among other age groupings within the period under review,” he said.

    Ari expressed concern that in spite of the high unemployment rate, rather than absence of jobs, vacancies still existed in several sectors.

    He said that a Skills Gap Assessment of six priority sectors revealed that some vacancies could not be filled by Nigerians because of lack of requisite skills.

    “The question that arises from this paradox is, how can we plug these gaps using apprenticeship?

    “The answer to this question can be found in countries such as Germany, China, Australia, USA and others.

    “These countries at various times faced similar challenges such as we are contending with.

    “What they did was to pour greater investments in skills acquisition and apprenticeship training,” he said.

    While citing instances of how countries like Germany scaled the hurdle, the director-general said they saw potential in apprenticeship and took advantage of it.

    “In Germany, about two decades ago, there was mass unemployment with roughly five million unemployed people and low employment rates.

    “Today, nearly two-thirds of young Germans are enrolled in apprenticeships once they leave full-time education using the German Dual Vocational and educational training (DVT),” he said.

    “England in 2009 made concerted efforts to increase the number of apprenticeships to combat youth unemployment by creating National Apprenticeship Service.

    “Between 2009 and 2014, the number of active apprentices in the country doubled from 444,800 to 851,500.

    “While France in 2020 alone spent more than a billion Euros to boost its apprenticeship programmes.”

    Ari explained that apprenticeship had been an age-long tradition and an institution in Nigeria.

    He said that it was a common feature in the traditional setting to see people engage in vocations like farming, carving, carpentry, catering, and building among others.

    He, however, expressed concern that the potential of apprenticeship in tackling unemployment and poverty had not been fully actualised in Nigeria.

    The director-general said the traditional apprenticeship, which was still being practised in Nigeria was not viable enough to curb issues of unemployment and other societal problems.

    Ari said it was in the realisation of the numerous benefits of apprenticeship that ITF took the lead in collaboration with critical stakeholders to ensure its institutionalisation.

    He commended the Federal Government for establishing ITF to help harness potential in vocational skills to effect the needed change.

    Ari said in its fifty years of existence, ITF had pursued its mandate with single-mindedness and vigour.

    He said that ITF had trained more than 22 million Nigerians whose contributions to the growth of the various sectors of the economy could not be quantified.

    According to him, ITF liaised with a total of 1,353 companies for promotion of in-company apprenticeship activities
    between 2010 and 2019 alone.

    He stressed that the fund “visited and appraised 1,146 companies to determine their potential to conduct apprentice training in identified trade areas.

    “In addition, it harmonised 444 existing In-company apprenticeship schemes of companies in line with the ITF National Apprenticeship scheme.

    “It also installed the scheme in 286 companies as well as monitored 831 companies, leading to the training of 36,397 most of whom are gainfully employed.”

    The ITF boss disclosed that the fund was currently working on bringing in skills intervention programmes like National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP).

    He said that Women Skills Empowerment Programme (WOSEP) and Passion to Profession Programme (P2PP) were being considered among others.

    Ari called on curriculum planners and employers’ associations to design youth apprenticeship programmes among other suggestions.

    He expressed optimism that the programme would provide the platform to articulate strategies for a robust apprenticeship scheme in Nigeria.

    The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, commended ITF’s commitment to creating avenues for dialogue on ways of enhancing skills acquisition.

    He lauded the convening of the programme, saying its theme aligned with efforts by the Federal Government to resolve challenges linked with rising unemployment and poverty.

    Adebayo, who was represented by the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Maryam Katagum, commended ITF for being one of the foremost agencies under the ministry.

    “You may be aware that the Federal Government has through its Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) initiated and implemented a number of programmes.

    “Programmes that have recorded positive results, especially in terms of uplifting the living standards of Nigerians as well as developing national economy.

    “What government, however, finds worrisome is that although most of our programmes get expected outcomes in terms of jobs created, Nigerians with the requisite skills are lacking,” he said.

    The minister assured of the ministry’s commitment to implementing resolutions that would emerge from the summit.

    The Chairman, Oil and Gas Free Zone, Dr Chris Asoluka, said the move toward institutionalising apprecenticiship and traineeship for national development was achievable.

    Asoluka, who was the theme paper presenter, urged the director-general of ITF to assemble the best brains and people who shared in his vision, to come up with workable framework.

    He said that a properly planned framework would engender better policy or law that would drive the idea and ensure effective implementation.

    Meanwhile, goodwill messages were delivered by the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development Pauline Tallen and Mr Olawale Fasanya, Director-General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).

    Other critical stakeholders including the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the British High Commission to Nigeria also delivered their goodwill messages.

    They all expressed commitment to working with ITF to upscale job creation while drastically reducing poverty in Nigeria.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programme which had two plenary sessions had discussants, who spoke on developing functional framework for national apprenticeship and traineeship scheme.

    The discussants also spoke on the issues and prospects of apprenticeship and traineeship scheme in Nigeria.

    The ITF was established by the Federal Government to set and regulate training standards and offer direct training intervention among others

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Code of Conduct Bureau CCB says it is collaborating with the Industrial Training Fund ITF to train 150 officers of ITF on compliance with the processes of making asset declaration It says in Jos on Tuesday that the two organisation had organised a two day sensitisation workshop for the officers of the ITF to enhance staff compliance with the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act The Director General of the ITF Mr Joseph Ari in his welcome address said that the theme of the workshop was Strict compliance with Asset Declaration and Code of Conduct He said that the aim of the workshop is to enlighten the staff of ITF on their responsibilities under the Code of Conduct Tribunal Act to ensure they imbibe and exhibit the standard of morality and accountability expected of all public officers According to Ari most of the infractions of the Code of Conduct was as a result of the ignorance of the requirements of the act and therefore it is salient that officers are sensitised to the provisions of the act He explained that some of the act s requirements reinforced the core values of the ITF such as integrity efficiency effectiveness commitment loyalty teamwork professionalism and creativity He called on the officers to pay attention during the workshop and ensure that they step down the training to their subordinates who had yet to be trained Similarly the Chairman Code of Conduct Bureau Prof Muhammad Isah commended the ITF for sensitising its staff to assets declaration processes to ensure full compliance with the bureau s provisions Represented by a director in the bureau Dr Zephaniah Bulus Isah said that the workshop was a testament of ITF s resolve to ensure that its staff were enlightened on assets declaration and code of conduct He also said that the training would ensure that the actions and behaviours of public officers conformed to the highest standards of public morality and accountability Source NAN
    CCB, ITF trains 150 on asset declaration procedures
     The Code of Conduct Bureau CCB says it is collaborating with the Industrial Training Fund ITF to train 150 officers of ITF on compliance with the processes of making asset declaration It says in Jos on Tuesday that the two organisation had organised a two day sensitisation workshop for the officers of the ITF to enhance staff compliance with the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act The Director General of the ITF Mr Joseph Ari in his welcome address said that the theme of the workshop was Strict compliance with Asset Declaration and Code of Conduct He said that the aim of the workshop is to enlighten the staff of ITF on their responsibilities under the Code of Conduct Tribunal Act to ensure they imbibe and exhibit the standard of morality and accountability expected of all public officers According to Ari most of the infractions of the Code of Conduct was as a result of the ignorance of the requirements of the act and therefore it is salient that officers are sensitised to the provisions of the act He explained that some of the act s requirements reinforced the core values of the ITF such as integrity efficiency effectiveness commitment loyalty teamwork professionalism and creativity He called on the officers to pay attention during the workshop and ensure that they step down the training to their subordinates who had yet to be trained Similarly the Chairman Code of Conduct Bureau Prof Muhammad Isah commended the ITF for sensitising its staff to assets declaration processes to ensure full compliance with the bureau s provisions Represented by a director in the bureau Dr Zephaniah Bulus Isah said that the workshop was a testament of ITF s resolve to ensure that its staff were enlightened on assets declaration and code of conduct He also said that the training would ensure that the actions and behaviours of public officers conformed to the highest standards of public morality and accountability Source NAN
    CCB, ITF trains 150 on asset declaration procedures
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    CCB, ITF trains 150 on asset declaration procedures

    The Code of  Conduct Bureau (CCB) says it is collaborating with the  Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to train 150 officers of ITF on compliance with the processes of making asset declaration.

    It says in Jos on Tuesday that the two organisation had organised a two-day sensitisation workshop for the officers of the ITF to enhance staff compliance with the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.

    The Director-General of the ITF, Mr Joseph Ari, in his welcome address, said that the theme of the workshop was “Strict compliance with Asset Declaration and Code of Conduct”.

    He said that the aim of the workshop “is to enlighten the staff of ITF on their responsibilities under the Code of Conduct Tribunal Act to ensure they imbibe and exhibit the standard of morality and accountability expected of all public officers”.

    According to Ari, most of the infractions of the Code of Conduct was as a result of the ignorance of the requirements of the act and therefore it is salient that officers are sensitised to the provisions of the act.

    He explained that some of the act’s requirements reinforced the core values of the ITF such as integrity, efficiency, effectiveness, commitment, loyalty, teamwork, professionalism and creativity.

    He called on the officers to pay attention during the workshop and ensure that they step down the training to their subordinates who had yet to be trained.

    Similarly the Chairman, Code of Conduct Bureau, Prof. Muhammad Isah, commended the ITF for sensitising its staff to assets declaration processes to ensure full compliance with the bureau’s provisions.

    Represented by a director in the bureau, Dr Zephaniah Bulus,  Isah said that the workshop was a testament of ITF’s resolve to ensure that its staff were enlightened on assets declaration and code of conduct.

    He also said that the training would ensure that the actions and behaviours of public officers conformed to the highest standards of public morality and accountability.

    Source: NAN