The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has graduated 285 youths from its skills intervention programme.
The programme is to promote entrepreneurship, employability, job and wealth creation to reduce youth restiveness and promote the diversification of the Nigerian economy in line with the federal government’s policy, and breed a new generation of entrepreneurs.
The Director General, Joseph Ari, who spoke at the ITF headquarters in Jos, Plateau State, said this phase of the programme commenced in the last quarter of 2022 and trained several Nigerian youths.
He said, “The training, which lasted three months, comprised theoretical, practical and entrepreneurial aspects.
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“In all, thousands of Nigerians were equipped with skills in seven trades namely, plumbing and pipefitting, hairdressing, aluminium fabrication, solar power installation, tiling and laying of interlocking blocks, wig cap making and integrated farming.
“In Plateau State, 285 youths were trained in solar power installation, aluminium fabrication, tiling and laying of interlocking blocks, wig cap making and integrated farming.
“We believe that given the intensity and the very practical nature of the training, which was 80 per cent practical and 20 per cent theory, they were equipped with the necessary skills and attitudes for them to thrive as employees or as entrepreneurs.”