ITF CEO calls for integration of vocational studies into school curricula – The Sun Nigeria

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Mr. Josep Ari, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), has called for the integration of vocational studies into school curricula to tackle unemployment in Nigeria.

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

The meeting focused on the effective execution of the technical skills development project.

This is a joint initiative of the ITF and NECA aimed at ensuring the availability of a mid-level workforce with the appropriate technical and vocational skills to meet the identified needs of industries in Nigeria.

Ari said the change was necessary given the rise in unemployment in the country.

“Unemployment is rising every day and we want more Nigerians to embrace skills acquisition as white collar jobs are becoming almost non-existent.”

Ari promised that the ITF would continue to work with NECA and other relevant stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the problem.

He said the ITF was working to set up a national apprenticeship training system.

According to him, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is a real tool to change the narrative of unemployment in the country.

Ari said, “The ITF and NECA are ready to equip Nigerians with the required skills.”

Also taking the floor, the Managing Director of NECA, Mr. Wale-Smatt Oyerinde, insisted on developing the technical capacity of Nigerians.

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

“Our country is facing enormous challenges and we must come together to overcome them.

“We have an unemployment rate of around 33% with an underemployment rate of around 20%.

“With these numbers, we know it has become imperative to deepen our collaboration,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ITF and NECA are training institutions that empower people in the fields of hydraulics, machining and piping (plumbing), welding and manufacturing, among others. (NOPE)

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