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The Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Model Skills Training Centre (MSTC), Abuja has awarded the National Innovative Diploma (NID) and National Vocational Certificate (NVC) to its 316 graduates after completion of  skills training.

Sir Joseph Ari, ITF Director-General, at a combined convocation of graduates of ITF, MSTC on Thursday in Abuja said that its commitment to skills acquisition remained the viable solution to curb rising unemployment.

Nigeria News Agency reports that MSTC which runs two-year skills training course was established as a post-secondary technical institution in August 2009 and commissioned in 2011.

The centre was established to produce needed technicians for nation’s economy and create opportunities for employable skills.

Ari recalled that ITF embarked on study tour of several countries across the globe, in 2008, to generate sustainable solutions to rising unemployment and supply the manpower needed in line with its mandate.

He said that the tour was aimed at understudying their skills acquisitions practices with a view to identifying and finding one that was most adaptable and suitable to our unique needs.

Ari said that after traversing Europe, North America and Asia, ITF eventually settled on Singapore as it entered into a technical collaboration with the Institute of Technical Educational Services (ITEES), Singapore.

He said this lead to the establishment of the MSTC, but initially it was restricted to the award of National Institute of Technical Education Certificate (NITEC), which was issued by ITEES Singapore.

According to him, on assumption of office of the incumbent management of the fund, the MSTC in 2016 sought and got the accreditation to run NID and NVC parts one, two and three.

He further said that the accreditation was gotten from the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and Federal Ministry of Education, even as it continued issuing the NITEC certification.

Speaking on the NID, he said that the centre was accredited to run programmes on Hospitality and Tourism, Electrical and Electronics Technology, Facility Management Technology, Welding and Fabrication, Building Construction Technology and Computer Hardware.

He included others as Computer Software, Computer Networking and System Security and Automation Mechatronics, while for the NVC it was allowed to run programmes in Hospitality and Tourism, Electrical Installation and Repairs, and Automotive Mechatronics.

“The 316 students that are graduating today will either go home with the NID and NITEC or the NVC as well as the ITF certificate of attendance.

“With ITF unique approach of Hands-on, Minds-on and Hearts-on training delivery method, we believe that these graduates have been imparted with the right skills, knowledge and values to be Work-ready, World-ready and Future-ready.

“The graduates can compete with the best anywhere in the world.

“Apart from having the benefit of best equipment and tools, especially for Mechatronics and Facility Technology Departments, our training was structured to equip them with requisite skills to start-up on their own,” he said.

According to the D-G, from its tracking and monitoring system, it has largely succeeded in this regard as over 65 per cent of the graduates of the MSTC in the last six years are successful entrepreneurs.

He said that the era of white-collar jobs for all by government was over as millions of graduates currently roam the streets without jobs.

Based on this, he said the centre offered modular courses of between one, three and six months for more Nigerians to acquire a skill for employability and entrepreneurship.

He added that it was also for this same reason that the centre conducted graduate up-skilling programmes for those desirous of upgrading their skills or learning a new occupational trade.

In addition, he said the centre also introduced Summer Boot Camp for children between the age of 10 and 15 years.

He said it was in recognition of the fact that when you catch the young ones early enough, the attraction to hands-on skills would persists all through their lives.

“The centre trains them in the following areas: Nigeria Cuisine, Pastry, Hygiene and Safety, Mobile Robot Technology, Electronic Circuit Design and Trouble-shooting Technology, Programmable Logic Circuit, Hardware, Computer Appreciation, Computer Fundamentals, and Web Design Networking.”

Mrs Yinka Sodunke, MSTC Training Manager also urged the beneficiaries to be ambassadors of ITF and Nigeria by utilising the skills imparted on them to achieve their dreams.

In a remark, Mr Timothy Olawale, Director-General, Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), commended the ITF on the training which exposed the beneficiaries with theoretical and practical aspects of the skills.

Olawale also decried dearth of technical skills in the country adding that government and stakeholders needed to invest massively in technical skills development.

Mr Ahmed Abdulahi, one of the grandaunds expressed gratitude to Kano state government for sponsoring him to acquire the skills certificate which had empowered him to be self reliant and sufficient.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Donald Ugwu

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