Under its National Business Skills Development Initiative (NBSDI), the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), noted that 11,000 artisans and youths had been trained across the country.
SMEDAN also said it intends to generate 444,000 direct jobs and an additional 1,776,000 indirect jobs from the training of 300 youths from each state in the country for the next three years under NBSDI.
During the five days training programme, the artisans were trained on personal and business visioning, business plan development, identification of business opportunities, selling and marketing strategies, accessing business finance, customer care and legal and regulatory issues.
Mr. Ibrahim Mohammed, Head of SMEDAN’s Corporate Affairs Unit revealed that the NBSDI programme was designed to support the entrepreneurship component of the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP), a tripartite intervention by SMEDAN, ITF, and BOI to fill the capacity gap of the youths.
The initiative has also been designed to ensure that more professional services will be provided by local and well trained young artisans, thereby leading to reduction in job losses to immigrants from neighbouring countries.
Mr. Monday Ewans, the Director, Enterprise Development and Promotion Department of SMEDAN, pointed out that the scheme focuses on providing entrepreneurship and business management skills to the trained artisans so that they can sustain their businesses over a longer period of time.
Ewans noted that the training programme seeks to empower the youth by ensuring most of the out of school youth who still rely on stipends from parents are empowered to become self-reliant.