As part of efforts geared towards helping Nigerian youths earn a living, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) have signed an agreement to train Nigerian Youths in various vocations.
The agreement was reached following a working visit of the Youth and Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, to the ITF Headquarters in Jos on Monday.
Reports say the training would provide opportunities for the Nigerian youth to become self employed.
According to the ITF Director General, Joe Ari, a total of 23,000 youths would benefit in different vocational skills from the partnership with the Ministry.
Ari restated the need for Nigeria’s youth to be well trained in varied areas of vocational skills, to enable them become gainfully employed as well as become fledgling entrepreneurs in the Nigerian economy.
Also, the Minister informed the DG that the Ministry was pursuing securing training for the Nigerian youth in different sectors such as Digital Skills training, Vocational Skills training, Technical Skills traing as well as Autotronics training in line with ITF’s mandate as the foremost training organization in Nigeria.
While introducing the DEEL (Digital Skills, Entrepreneurship, Employability, Leadership & Mentoring) programme of FMYSD, the Minister said he was looking forward to partnering with the ITF to train a minimum of 20,000 youth in the year 2021.
Following months of deliberations, FMYSD and ITF signed an MOU to train 23,000 youth in 21 vocational skills areas across the 36 States of Nigeria and FCT.
The scheme to train this youth is the Youth Skills and Entrepreneurship Programme, Y-SEP.
The scheme will commence in a few weeks.