The National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) is training 18 youths from the South East zone in the use of software in automobile parts’ design.
The youths, who are part of the 220 others being targeted throughout the country, would be trained in the use of Solidworks and Midas IT software.
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Speaking at the occasion, Director General of NADDC, Mr Jelani Aliyu, said the programme was part of the federal government’s youth empowerment programmes aimed at reducing unemployment.
Aliyu, who restated his belief in the untapped capabilities of youths in the country, urged the participants to take advantage of the opportunity to learn skills that would make them marketable to the rest of the world.
“The federal government is highly committed to youth empowerment and job creation through training in relevant fields because youths are our future leaders.
“I urge the participants to take advantage of this training to acquire skills that will make them more useful to society for their personal growth and for national development,” he said.
The Chief Executive Officer of Coscharis Group, Mr Cosmas Maduka, assured the participants of his unflinching support and called on other state governments to partner with Coscharis and Solidworks for sustainable development.
“Our commitment to this course is unflinching. We will take care of certification cost and provide startup funding for the trainees.
“We also urge state governments to partner Solidworks and Coscharis for the general good of the country, especially our teeming youths,” he said.
The chairman, NADDC Governing Board, Sen. Osita Izunaso, harped on the need for gifted Nigerian youths to be given the opportunity to compete globally.