The Oasis Reporters
February 21, 2018
By Moses Gbande
The Management team of the Industrial Training Fund, ITF, says it has completed plans to implement the Technical Skills Development, TSDP and Women Skills Empowerment Programme, WOSEP nationwide as a deliberate policy aimed at job and wealth Creation.
The Director General of the Fund, Joseph Ari announced this cheering news, Wednesday, during the presentation of the start-up packs to over 11, 300 youths who have been trained by the Fund in different skills.
Joseph Ari said it is the desire of the management of the fund to roll out other programmes like Agripreneurs among other acquisition programmes that are targeted at job and wealth creation , but could only maximize such dreams if the stakeholders cooperate and support the fund.
He commended the Plateau state governor, Simon Bako Lalong for creating the enabling environment for the fund to train youths from the state and for availing the State’s infrastructure for training and closing ceremonies.
He said the closing ceremony of the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP) is the result of the committed and relentless efforts of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) in line with its mandate, “and as our contribution to the Federal Government’s policy of job/wealth creation and poverty reduction, by equipping as many youths as possible with skills for employability and entrepreneurship.
“Today’s event marks a watershed since we commenced implementation of the NISDP as we have taken a step further from merely training and equipping the youths with knowledge and skills, to providing them with start-up packs to enable them set-up their businesses and hit the ground running.
” The decision to provide the packs was informed by our tracking and monitoring of trainees of earlier phases, which revealed that where supported with start-up packs, 90% of the trainees went on to become successful entrepreneurs, or even employers of labour. Conversely where they were not, they were not as successful.
“This phase of the programme will benefit over 11,000 trainees across the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT. Stressing that, the efforts of the Plateau state government in sponsoring additional two hundred from the state is quite commendable and urged other state governors to emulates the gesture.