ITF seeks employers’ involvement in workers’ training

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The Industrial Training Fund has called on employers to be actively involved in the capacity building of their workers and fresh graduates.

The Director- General, ITF, Joseph Ari, who was represented by the Area Manager, Ikeja, Mr. Joshua Ayo, at the 7th interactive forum in Apapa, Lagos State, said that employability of Nigerians was crucial to the recovery of the economy.

According to him, the fund has a programme to improve the skills of Nigerian graduates, while they undergo the National Youth Service Corps programme through vocational and trade skills acquisition.

“The programme is among the quick wins to achieve the ITF mandate in the area of empowering the Nigerian youth by giving them skills to make them employable or become entrepreneurs,” Ari stated.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Learning Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Niyi Alabi, emphasised the need for employers to play their role in reducing unemployment by committing their resources to workers’ training.

He complained that many engineering graduates were not employable due to lack of technical skills in the profession.

Alabi urged employers not to relent in their efforts to work in partnership with the government to identify the type of skills that were in high demand in workplaces.

He also encouraged manufacturers to work in partnership with their raw materials suppliers, packaging material suppliers, transporters and consumers.

Alibi stated, “We have a youthful population who have skills to boost the economy. We have been complaining about unemployment but how many of our graduates are employable? Employers need to commit their resources to training schemes. Many of our youths do not want to join apprenticeship programmes, but will rather prefer to ride okada.

“We need to map out the skills that companies require in partnership with the National Bureau of Statistics. Employers need to invest in infrastructure and higher education in order to unlock opportunities in all sectors for job creation.”

The fund gave awards to companies which had distinguished themselves in the development of the workers’ competences through trainings.

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