ITF calls for skills-based employment approach to boost economy
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The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has called for economic drivers in the public and private sectors to focus on employing skilled workers to encourage innovation and spur economic growth in Nigeria. ITF Executive Director Sir Joseph Ari made this appeal in a presentation titled “National Development and Technical Education in Nigeria: Leveraging Human Resource Development for Technology Revival”, in Abuja. He said to avoid losing skilled workers to developed countries, Nigeria must build its own research and innovation facilities to support local innovations. The ITF boss also called for the harmonization of certifications to remove the dichotomy that exists between general education and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). While saying that harmonizing certifications will go a long way to solving unemployment in Nigeria, Ari also advocates monitoring and regulating the informal sector that produces artisans to reduce quack. He also called for stronger coordination among government agencies in the field of human capacity building to tackle rising unemployment in the country. He told event attendees that there is a need to strengthen cooperation between engineering organizations and industries to meet labor market needs. In addition, the ITF DG said the government needs to introduce the Industrial Work Experience Program for Teachers (TIWES) and adopt innovative measures that support human capacity development by attracting the expertise of people reinforced by research. He also further stated that national development and technical education stakeholders should develop clear operational policies to promote human resource development and called for reform of the TVET system by means of policies and providing additional funding for tools, equipment and facilities.
“It is important that all stakeholders in the TVET ecosystem understand their role,” he said. Indeed, around the world, countries have successfully implemented TVET for job creation, and technological resilience has done so through synergy between different institutions. "However, in our dear country, instead of cooperation and cooperation, territorial defense and the tendency to blame the game have become entrenched in most of the institutions involved in the Empowering Nigerians “I say this in light of recent statements by people who are generally aware of the respective mandates of individual organizations regarding workforce development in Nigeria, but who This has conveniently chosen to display an astonishing lack of understanding. The Foundation has the specific mission of promoting, encouraging and providing a skilled workforce to meet the needs of the private sector and the public sector of the economy, the upgrading and the expansion of skills to develop at work in many of its activities."
With the institutionalization of the National Apprenticeship Training System (NATS), Ari said the ITF will build the capacity of artisans, craftsmen and technicians for employment and provide Nigerians with skills suitable capacity and ability to develop the 'economy'.
He added: “The ITF mission is very clear about its expectations. Therefore, the idea that the ITF should develop entrepreneurship education programs in higher education institutions is completely outside the mandate of the ITF and the responsibilities of other regulatory bodies. "I must also emphasize that the sooner government agencies involved in human capacity development find ways to work together, the easier it will be to find sustainable solutions to mitigate many national challenges using the TVET model.” We, therefore, call on all TVET stakeholders to work with the ITF to move our country forward."