Through its National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP), the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has embarked on technical and vocational competency training for the youth in Nigeria.
At the seventh interactive forum for Human Resource/Learning and Development Practitioners in Lagos, organised by the Victoria Island Area Office, Joseph Ari, the Director-General of ITF said the training was influenced by the realisation that only abundant natural resources cannot drive the sustainability of Nigeria’s economy.
Ari, who was represented by Deputy Director, ITF Lagos Island Area, Thomas Jacob, said the training and skills are needed to escalate economic recovery and sustained growth. He said the Fund is aware of the fact that it cannot do it alone, hence it will seek the co-operation of the Organised Private Sector (OPS) to succeed.
The Director-General said the Fund has been encouraging employers to equip their workforce with the requisite skills by providing consistent acquisition of local and international training. He also noted that the Fund has continuously settled reimbursement claims to companies who have filed their claims in line with the prescribed guidelines in the Act.
Mrs Joke Coker, a guest speaker at the forum, revealed that there is a paradigm shift in modern workplace across the world, hence there is need for the Nigerian government to critically take training serious and build capacity across the country.
Mrs Mary Katugwa, the Area Manager/Deputy Director of ITF’s Victoria Island Office, noted that the Fund’s mandate is to provide, promote and encourage the acquisition of skills with a view to generating indigenous trained manpower sufficient to meet the needs of the private and public sectors of the Nigerian economy.
According to Katugwa, In 2018, the Area Office implemented over 100 training programmes and also trained over 5,000 participants from over 30 companies in different training programmes across the states.