The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Centre for Excellence, in collaboration with the Nigerian Employers Consultative Association (NECA) has trained 33 youths on culinary skills.
Mr Joseph Ari, the Director-General of ITF, said on Thursday at the graduation of the trainees in Jos, that the programme was one of the ITF-NECA Technical Skills Training Projects (TSDP).
Ari was represented by Mr John Ayo, the Deputy Director and Training Manger, ITF Centre for Excellence (CFE).
CFE was established by ITF in 1992 to provide up-to-date training and development for staff and non-staff of the fund to meet the ever-changing demands of group and individual work place and desk functions.
The director-general said that the trainees had in the past three months been trained not just on the art of preparation of food, but also on entrepreneurial and starting-your-own-business skills.
Ari said he was optimistic that the trainees would make the best use of the training by being self-reliant as well as employers of labour.
According to him, TSDP is geared toward equipping the youths all over the country to meet and tackle the challenges of unemployment, poverty and restiveness.
It is an established fact that no nation can achieve economic growth without a robust base and structure for technical and vocational training.
The TSDP has made tremendous impact as it has culminated into job creation and the reduction in youth restiveness, he said.
He said ITF had been a key player in capacity building, adding that it was aligning with the Federal Government’s initiatives on job creation for the teeming unemployed youths through various short and medium term skills empowerment programmes.
This is a very significant step in the cause of skills empowerment for the nation’s teeming youths who will champion the continued gains and growth in the national economy, he said.
Miss Dorcas Gambo, the best graduating trainee, who spoke on behalf of the other grandaunts, thanked the ITF for the opportunity offered to the beneficiaries.
She said that the skill she acquired had already made her self-reliant as she had started making pastries for sale even before the end of the training.
Gambo expressed optimism that in no distant time and with the demand on her products, she would soon become an employer of labour.
The three-month training, which commenced on Feb. 25, ended on April 30.
Source: Voice of Nigeria