The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) is training 180 of its staff on digital technology.
Mr Joseph Ari, its Director General, said this at its 51st Human Resources Development (HRD) seminar on Monday in Jos.
He also said that the organisation was working to automate the processes of its Students’ Work Experience Scheme (SIWES).
He said the automation was in line with the Fund’s efforts to be in tune with current technological advancement and improve the performance of its staff in line with global best practices.
“We are in an era of innovation and transformation which is powered by information technology.
“The seminar will enable us remain competitive and at the fore front of the HRD sector in Nigeria.
“We have recorded tremendous achievements in automation and digitisation of some of our activities. Our management meetings are paperless, remittance of training contribution and financial transactions now are fully automated, ” he said.
The ITF boss said that the seminar would help in charting a road map that would entrench holistic development of digital human resource in ITF with a view to enhancing organisational excellence.
Earlier in his remarks, Mr Zachariah Piwuna, the Director, Research and Curriculum Development in ITF, said that the theme of the seminar was apt and inline with the global changes in technology.
He urged the participants to ensure that the knowledge and skills gained were properly used in the discharge of their duties.
In his paper presentation, Mr Dele Aloko, the General Manager, South Atlantic Petroleum, Lagos, said that human resource helped workers to understand, control and set realistic and achievable targets.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the event, tagged “Digital Technologies and Human Resource Analytics: Tools for Organisational Excellence”, had participants from the Jos Area office and the headquarters of the Fund.
ITF forms player panels for lower-tier professionals
With lower-level athletes alleging lack of communication with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) amid the COVID-19 lockdown, the governing body has now moved for a change.
The federation on Tuesday announced the creation of player panels for those competing on its World Tennis Tour.
The ITF World Tennis Tour consists of lower-rung tournaments and serves as a transition circuit between the junior and senior game.
It gives more professionals a chance to earn a living while helping them move up the ladder to play on the men’s ATP Tour and the WTA Tour for the women.
But with the shutdown of the tennis circuit since early March due to the novel coronavirus, those depending solely on tournament winnings have been left in a precarious situation.
Georgia’s Sofia Shapatava, the world’s 375th-ranked women’s singles player, started a petition seeking financial assistance from the ITF while also pleading with the body to communicate better with the lower-ranked professionals.
“The panel will provide a forum for players to provide their input and have their say on how the tour is run and will be a further opportunity for the ITF to engage with the player community,” the London-based governing body said.
While tennis is a lucrative sport for those at the top, those in the lower echelons often struggle to make ends meet.
The men’s ATP, the WTA, which runs the women’s circuit, the ITF and the organisers of the four Grand Slams have now all come together.
This is to work on creating an emergency relief fund for those struggling during the shutdown.
“It is vital that the views of players are represented at all levels of the sport and across the globe,” ITF chief David Haggerty said.
The men’s and women’s players will each elect a panel of seven current player-members, who will have voting rights.
An ITF-appointed chair and an ITF-appointed coach will also be in the panel, but neither will have a vote.
Men’s players with an ATP ranking of below 350 will be allowed to nominate a fellow player or stand in the election.
This will also apply to women’s tennis players with a WTA ranking no higher than 151.
The elected members will serve two-year terms on the panel, which will advise and make recommendations to the World Tennis Tour Committee, which in turn reports to the ITF board.
Australian Mark Woodforde, a 17-time Grand Slam doubles champion, will chair the men’s panel while the women’s panel will be led by multiple Grand Slam winner Mary Pierce of France.
“There would be no tennis without the players. So, it is vital that their voice is heard and that their views are considered when making decisions about how to run the Tour,” said Pierce.
Edited By: Olawale Alabi) (NAN)
ITF distributes empowerment kits to 300 graduates in Sokoto
Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has distributed starter packs to 300 graduates of skill acquisition training programme to enable them set up their businesses in Sokoto.
Inuwa Samaila, ITF Area Manager in charge of Sokoto and Kebbi States, made the disclosure in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Sokoto.
Samaila disclosed that the beneficiaries drawn from 24 local government areas of the state, participated in the 2019 skill acquisition programmes of the Fund.
He said the graduates were exposed to various trades during the training exercise ranging between three and six months.
The manager listed the trades to include event management, shoe and bag making, electrical installations, beauty and auto care.
Samaila noted that the Fund paid N5, 000 monthly stipend to the beneficiaries as transport allowances during the training exercise, adding that the starter packs were provided based on the skills of the graduates.
He urged the beneficiaries to ensure effective utilisation of the skills acquired and kits by engaging in productive activities, stressing that being self employed pays better than waiting for white collar jobs.
The manager warned against diversion of the kits, saying that the Fund had adopted proactive mechanism to monitor activities of the beneficiaries.
“We conducted training for 300 participants and we give them starter parks according to the training areas.
“In catering and event management, we train 80 women for three months. We also train 80 women in shoes and bag making for six months.
”We also train another 60 people in domestic electrical installation while others in auto and beauty care,” he said.
Samaila said the participants were selected in a joint collaboration between the Fund and the Sokoto State Ministry of Youths and Sport Development.
According to him, the Fund accord premium to unemployed youths between 18 and 35- years for training under the programme.
Samaila added that ITF also initiated programmes for graduates of universities and tertiary institutions of education as well as those that never attend school.
“We give curriculum for each trainer and also supervise them to ensure that all required materials for the training is judiciously used and knowledge impacted,” he added.
Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Rabiu Sani Ali
ITF trains women on tailoring, fashion design in Kaduna
ITF trains women on tailoring, fashion design in Kaduna: The Industrial Training Fund (ITF), on Monday in Kaduna, said it had trained 13 vunerable women on tailoring and fashion design.
The Director General (DG) of ITF, Joseph Ari, who disclosed this while speaking at a Women Skills Empowerment Programme (WOSEP), said that graduation ceremony for the 2019 trainees has been suspended until further notice.
The News Agency Of Nigeria, reports that the suspension was in line with the directives of the Kaduna State Government to avoid any public gathering in view of the dreaded coronavirus currently ravaging the world, and which may pose risk to residents.
Represented by the Kaduna State Area Manager of ITF, Mallam Yahaya Manu, the DG said that WOSEP began in 2017 with 18 states, but has since spread to other states, including Kaduna.
“WOSEP commenced late 2017 with 18 states which form the first phase, this has since spread to other states in 2018 and 2019 one of which is Kaduna,” he said.
The DG added that the main objective of WOSEP was to equip vulnerable women with necessary skills for setting up and managing small scale businesses.
“We as well provide the women with employable skills that will assist them in becoming economically independent to improve their standards of living,” he added.
According to him, Asian countries became technical giants because they placed skills acquisition on the front burner of their national development plans.
The DG reiterated ITF’s commitment to doing more and being at the forefront of wealth creation and economic diversification.
He called on Kaduna State Government, the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN) and Bank of Industries to monitor and support them with loans or grants in order to achieve the set objectives.
He urged beneficiaries of the training to make the best use of the opportunity they had.
NAN reports that ITF supported the trainees with sewing machines and cash.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Maharazu Ahmed
ITF trains 700 youth on InfoTech skills
The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) on Thursday said it has trained 700 youths from the six geopolitical Zone on InfoTech Skills in 2018.
The Director-General of the ITF, Mr Joseph Ari stated this during the graduation ceremony of the 2018 InfoTec skills empowerment programme held on Thursday in Kaduna.
Ari, who was represented by the Kaduna area manager of ITF, Alhaji Yahaya Aminu said: “the ITF is equally providing the graduating trainees with start up packs and tools to boost their self employability.”
Ari said that the Fund inaugurated the InfoTech Skills Empowerment Programme with the training and certification of youths to make them self reliant and employers of labour.
He explained that the trainees are degree holders selected and equipped with a three month intensive specialized ICT skills.
According to him, 100 graduate trainees selected from each of the six geopolitical zones benefited from the program.
“The trainings were in three categories, the Advanced Computer Networking, Networking Certification and Hardware Maintenance and Repair,” he said.
He said 80 per cent of the enrolled trainees passed the certification examination that has international recognition.
Ari commended President Muhammadu Buhari for supporting the ITF in the implementation of its various skills intervention and empowerment programmes for the benefit of the Nigerian youth.
Ari advised the trainees to take advantage of what they learned by adding value to their lives and contribute to the nation’s economy.
Edited By: Shuaib Sadiq/Maharazu Ahmed
ITF decries poor perception, lack of policies on technical skills
The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has decried poor perception and absence of clear policies on technical skills acquisition in the country.
Sir Joseph Ari, ITF Director-General who made this known on Thursday in Abuja at its first National Skills Summit in Nigeria, expressed worry over the challenges facing the organisation.
Nigeria News Agency reports that ITF organised the skills summit to provide a forum for a broad spectrum of stakeholders to collectively deliberate on ways and solutions to tackle unemployment and skills acquisition problems in Nigeria.
“Till date, many Nigerians still believe that hands-on skills are a preserve of the poor and disadvantaged in the society as they are viewed as dirty, dreaded and dangerous.
“This perception and other challenges have led to skills shortages in trades and vocational areas that Nigerians should be well equipped to perform,’’ he said.
Ari also decried lack of synergy and co-operation between agencies with mandate for skills development for job creation leading to desperate efforts that were yielding little results.
According to him, he formed his views from a Skills Gap Survey in six priority sectors of the Nigerian economy that was conducted by ITF in liaison with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).
According to him, if more than 20 million Nigerians are not employed and yet technicians are imported, the answer can only be that Nigerians have not fully embraced skills acquisition as a sustainable alternative to white collar jobs.
“This mindset and the perception that hands-on skills are for a certain group of Nigerians has to change,’’ he advised.
The ITF boss identified another problem as disconnect between the schools and the needs of the industries.
He said that this formed the subject of a presentation by the Human Capital Group at the Financial System Strategy (FSS) 2020 International Conference on the state of the Nigerian educational system.
According to the presentation, the emphasis in Nigerian institutions has been on verbal activity rather than skills acquisition and problem solving activities.
He said the presentation also noted that the educational system had not been tailored to meet developmental needs of the nation.
“Closely related to this is the absence of a reliable Labour Market Information (LMI) that would have guided Nigerians in career choices and institutions of learning on industry needs.
“Consequently, institutions of learning and human capacity development institutions work on a whim, in the dark and without any form of guidance.
“The effect of this is that institutions train potential workers on skills that are not needed by the labour market,’’ he said.
He said in order to address these problems, ITF organised the summit on “Skills for Employability and Job Creation, and Strategies for Developing Employability Skills in Nigeria’’ and “Industry Needs and Education Curricula,” as sub themes.
He expressed the hope that the summit would propound policy guidelines for skills development, identify and assess existing skills development and labour market contexts in Nigeria.
Amb. Mariam Katagum, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, said the Federal Government had placed a lot of emphasis on skills acquisition as a vehicle for job creation and poverty reduction.
Katagum said skills acquisition was one of the enablers of the National Enterprise Development Programme (NEDEP), adding that it was the path to go as many countries globally have taken similar approaches to reduce unemployment to single digit figures.
Katagum, also the Chairperson of the skills summit lauded the ITF for convening the summit and initiating other novel programmes that have turned around the lives of thousands of Nigerians across the country.
She said that the summit was coming at a crucial time in the country, as the rising unemployment had led to the insecurity witnessed across Nigeria today.
“To address the insecurity challenges, we have to create jobs by equipping Nigerians with skills to take advantage of the policies that have been put in place while striving to align our educational system to the current needs of the country,’’ Katagum said.
Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Ese E. Ekama
ITF trained 700 youths on InfoTech in 2019 to bridge skill gap in ICT – DG
The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) said it had in 2019 trained 700 youths in InfoTech as a means of bridging the skill gap in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.
The Director-General of the fund, Sir Joseph Ari, who disclosed this on Tuesday in Jos at the 2019 ITF Merit Award Ceremony, said the beneficiaries were drawn from the six geopolitical zones of the country
Ari said that due to the evident gaps in knowledge and skills in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) the Fund initiated the InfoTech Skills Empowerment Programme (ISEP).
He said the trainees whom were mostly degree holders, were carefully selected and equipped with specialised ICT skills, and that they were trained in advanced computer networking, computer networking certification and computer hardware maintenance and repair.
He also disclosed that 80 per cent of the trainees that the fund trained passed the certification examination, adding that with the international certification, the beneficiaries could compete for jobs outside the shores of the country.
The director-general said in 2016 the ITF in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) conducted skills Gap Survey in six priority sectors of the national economy and it showed that vacancies existed in the service, agriculture, construction and transportation sectors.
He said that the survey showed that vacancies were filled by non-Nigerians because of the absence of Nigerians with the requisite technical skills.
He said in an effort to bridge the gap, the fund initiated a number of skills acquisition programmes particularly targeted at the sectors with manpower deficiency.
Ari further disclosed that the fund had disbursed the sum of N2, 094,407,000 for the students Industrial Training Work Experience scheme (SIWES) in 2019 as student and supervisory allowances.
He said that N1,645,454,000.00 was disbursed as student allowances for 142,462 students from 325 tertiary institutions.
He said that SIWES which was the brain child of the ITF was initiated to provide students of engineering, technical and allied disciplines with practical experience of the real work situations they were likely to find after graduation.
Gov. Simon Lalong in his remarks, commended the fund for training and empowering many Plateau youths.
The governor, who was represented by his Commissioner for special duties, Mr Irimiya Werr, said that the ITF was the federal agency in the state that had contributed most to the state in various aspects.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the ITF Isolo Area Office emerged the best Area Office in training activities in the Category A, while the Abeokuta Area Office emerged as the best training Office in the category B; and the Akure Area Office emerged as the best in Category C.
Similarly, the Abuja Area Office emerged as the best Area Office in revenue generation in category A, while the Lagos Area Office and the Gwawalada Area Offices emerged as the best Area Offices in revenue generation in the category B and C, respectively.
The Abeokuta Area Office emerged as the best performing Area Office and Training Centre in category A, while Lagos Area Office and Gwawalada Area Offices emerged as the best performing Area Offices and Training Centres in category B and C, respectively.
The director-general urged the awardees not to relent in their efforts, but should work proactively for the betterment of the fund.
Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf
ITF trains 200,000 youths in 8 years – DG
The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) on Thursday said that it had in the last eight years exposed about 200, 000 youths to different employability and entrepreneurial skills.
ITF’s Director-General, Mr Joseph Ari, said this at the graduation ceremony of the 2019 National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP), in Awka.
Ari said that the NISDP was the fund’s intervention programme to facilitate the Federal Government’s policy on wealth and job creation.
Represented by Malam Suleman Ningi, ITF’s Director of Programmes in Jos, Ari said that no fewer than 11,000 youths were currently benefiting from the skills development programmes in nine states.
“The beneficiaries were trained in shoe and bag making, welding and fabrication, catering and event management, tiling, production and laying of interlock tiles.
“They were also trained in furniture making, domestic electrical wiring and installation, solar energy installation, plumbing and pipe-fitting, and beauty care,’’ he said.
Ari said that ITF would continue to expose young Nigerians to skills acquisition, adding that the initiative was a solution to reducing poverty and unemployment across the country.
ITF’s Area Manager in Anambra State, Mrs Nacy Ekong, said that 200 persons from the state graduated from the programme.
“Since the inception of this programme in 2012, no fewer than 3,405 youths spread across the 21 Local Government Areas of Anambra have been trained in various skills.
“The trainees were equally coached and mentored by 10 competent trainers, who were stationed in the various centres throughout the duration of the programme.
“Both the trainers and trainees were duly supervised by ITF officials,’’ she said.
She said all the beneficiaries would be given start-up packs as well as provided with access to acquiring loans from the Bank of Industry for their businesses.
Ekong enjoined the beneficiaries to make good use of the training and start-up packs, and not sell them.
The Anambra State Commissioner for Lands and Physical Infrastructure, Mr Bonaventure Enemali, expressed satisfaction with the success recorded by the programme so far.
Edited /Donald Ugwu
ITF says its newly-inaugurated library can be used by JAMB as CBT centre
The Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Sir Joseph Ari, says the fund’s newly-inaugurated modern library can be used by the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB) as centre for its Computer Based Examination (CBT).
Ari stated this on Friday in Jos at the inauguration of the library and a central store at the fund’s headquarters and 16 classroom blocks at its staff school.
He said that the state-of-the-art library had a 250-capacity base for the CBT and it also accommodated e-learning facilities for Engineering, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Periodicals and Dailies and office accommodation for staff.
He said the library would also enhance capacity of the Fund’s staff to perform their duties proactively as a training institution.
“Taking into cognisance our position as a learning and development agency, staff of the ITF are expected to be knowledgeable and that can only be achieved through constant research which is possible with a rich modern library,” the director-general said.
According to him, the newly-inaugurated central store will lead to a more efficient and effective supervision for store auditing and easier stock taking.
He said the addition of 16 classrooms to the staff school showed the resolve of the fund to ensure that the pupils were equipped with knowledge and skills for development at a tender age.
Ari said that the school’s curriculum emphasised hands-on skills so as to build the interest of pupils at an early stage.
The Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Richard Adebayo, who inaugurated the projects, commended Sir Ari, saying the fund had witnessed unprecedented growth since the director-general assumed office.
Adebayo said the library was very pertinent to the ITF as a learning and development institution, and that the facility would enable the staff of the fund to effectively equip Nigerians with the requisite skills for employability and entrepreneurship.
He said that provision of the facilities would go a long way in ensuring that the fund continued to play a vital role in the achievement of the policies of the Federal Government.
He assured the director-general that the federal government would continue to put in place policies that would ensure that organisations like the ITF whose activities had direct impact on the life of Nigerians, thrived.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Abdullahi Yusuf
Lalong commends ITF’s DG, says skills acquisition way forward for Nigeria
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has commended the Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Sir Joseph Ari, for transforming and refocusing the fund to respond to the needs of Nigerians in entrepreneurship and productivity.
Lalong said that skills acquisition was the way forward for the country.
He made the commendation on Friday in Jos at the inauguration of the ITF’s ultra-modern library, central store and 16 classrooms in the ITF staff school.
He said since the assumption of Ari as the director-general of the fund, thousands of Nigerian youths had been empowered with cutting edge skills in entrepreneurship and employability in line with President Buhari’s policy on poverty eradication and wealth creation.
The governor disclosed that over 1000 plateau youths had benefitted from the fund’s National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP) in various skills with start-up packs.
He said that most of the beneficiaries were currently entrepreneurs and employers of labour.
He said skills acquisition was the way to go as the impact was evident in the reduction of unemployment.
Lalong said that beyond the empowerment of youths with skills, the fund had also contributed toward uplifting the living conditions of its immediate community and in the education sector of the state.
He said that the Fund had constructed and inaugurated two boreholes in Rantya and Hwolshe communities and also trained 200 teachers at no cost to the government.
He stated that the fund had also donated a sickbay at the St John Vianney Seminary and renovated and equipped an ICT Center at the Government Technical College, Bukuru .
The governor expressed his administration’s unflinching support in collaborating with the ITF’s initiatives especially as they concerned Human Capital development, saying this was in tandem with the state’s economic rebirth vision.
“The doors of the Plateau Government will always be opened to the ITF for collaboration because we believe that when we empower our youths with skills, then we would be able to address unemployment and insecurity,”he said.
Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf
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- Lockdown: PCN commences enforcement activities
- Spanish Ministry of Culture to open museums on June 9
- Lebanon’s number of COVID-19 infections rises to 1,306
- Okowa congratulates Gov. Diri at 61
- ICT expert urges stakeholders to exploit online platforms for virtual meetings
- 1 dead, 12 injured in Kano accident
- UK PM urges funding, global cooperation in virtual Global Vaccine Summit
- Jombo Ofo, S’East rep in PSC is dead
- Ogun assembly passes mortgages bill
- Benue Assembly grants Ortom’s request to obtain N2.5bn loan for healthcare
- Club receive trophy for German handball title in empty arena
- Ethiopia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 1,600
- Gov. Sule lauds FG for approving funds for Farin-Ruwa Hydro Power project
- World food prices drop to 17-month low as coronavirus pandemic limits market demand
- Alleged intimidation: Court fixes June 11 to rule over Pilot’s claim
- COVID-19 – Nestlé donates PPE to Health Ministry
- Kudirat Abiola: Okei-Odumakin, Abiola-Costello urge FG to stop wanton killings
- Edo Information Commissioner resigns
- Athletes will always feel at risk without vaccine for COVID-19, tennis player says
- COVID-19: Group donates 10 handwashing machines, sanitisers, to Plateau Govt.
- Ogun Assembly passes Health Insurance bill, another into law
- Fayemi, Bamidele, EKSU mourn ex-Gov Olumilua in Ekiti
- 14 health workers infected with COVID-19 in Myanmar
- Belarusian president names new prime minister, cabinet members
- COVID-19 cases in Belarus rise to 45,981
- Comply with Osun govt. directives on services, CAN orders churches
- FRSC charges officers to be more committed, hard working
- A’Ibom seeks FG assistance in fighting against COVID-19
- Gov. Obiano redeploys 4 commissioners in minor cabinet reshuffle
- People work at pastry factory in Khartoum, Sudan
- English Premier League agrees on 5 substitutes for season restart
- UK food banks hand out record number of emergency food parcels during pandemic: report
- People take part in demonstration in Athens, Greece
- Phuket hotels to fully open for Thai visitors as foreign travelers reduce
- 5.0-magnitude quake hits 122 km WNW of Ternate, Indonesia — USGS
- Ugandan cabinet approves human organ donation, trade bill
- Uganda braces for slump in global vanilla prices amid market surplus, COVID-19
- WRC New Zealand rally postponed
- EFCC destroys 681 bags of adulterated fertiliser in Gombe
- Kurdish-led militia, United States-led coalition forces brace for operation in eastern Syria: monitor
- Zambian expert urges tougher penalties for race discrimination, saying racism starts since colonialism
- Over 20 pct of Latvians work from home amid COVID-19 pandemic
- Finland’s Social Democratic Party gains popularity: poll
- Japan now thinking of “simplified’’ Olympic Games —- Tokyo governor
- Global Funds gives Zambia over 315 mln USD to combat HIV, TB and Malaria
- Court orders police, DSS not to arrest CUPP spokesman, Ugochinyere
- Senegal’s COVID-19 cases top 4,000 as more restrictive measures eased