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Ministry of Education and other federal ministries signs a declaration of cooperation in TVET for quality skills to enhance youth employment in Nigeria.

The Federal Ministry of Education expressed worry over the lack of competent teachers and instructional materials for effective handling of Trade subjects in schools.

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, represented by Mr Masa’udu Kazaure, the immediate past Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) disclosed at a National Workshop on “Repositioning Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) through Policy and Legislative Options for National Development in Abuja.

He said the 37 Trade subjects, which were already being offered as compulsory subjects in schools, lacked skilled teachers.

The minister commended the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) for creating an opportunity to reflect on the road travelled over the past decade and to plan for the journey ahead.

He also commended the context of skill development for the citizenry through sustainable policies and legislation.

Mallam Adamu added that most schools lack competent teachers and instructional materials for effective handling of the 37 Trade subjects already offered as compulsory subjects in Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) since 2013.

He added that entrepreneurship education courses being offered in many tertiary institutions cannot energise the students’ entrepreneurial spirit and mindset for self-employment.

According to him, another giant stride of the Federal Government on TVET is solving the massive unemployment problem, diminishing rural poverty and empowering a larger percentage of the citizens.

As approved by the Federal Executive Council for the institutionalisation of a six-level National Vocational Qualifications Framework (NVQF) in Nigeria and its placement in the Scheme of Service,
The Ministry through NBTE developed 41 (forty-one) National Occupational Standards (NOS) and 95 qualifications covering eight (8) economic sectors of the country, namely: Construction, Hospitality, Education & Care, Power, Service Industry, ICT, Agriculture and Manufacturing

Mallam Adamu added that the ministry had taken far-reaching measures on policy formulation and programme implementation to provide recipes for youths to survive in today’s harsh economic environment to encourage the youths to be job creators instead of “certificate-carrying job-seekers.

He called for more interventions in the area of a special fund for TVET, just as we have TETFUND for vocational training to move forward in the country.

The Permanent Secretary, ministry of education Arch. Sonny Echono said the conference will serve as a foundation for TVET development, coordination and effective implementation.

Arch Echono who was represented by the Director of Human Resources in the ministry, Mr David Gende, said there is an epic gap between the skilled manpower required and that which was currently available as most of the graduates produced in various Universities of Technology, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education (Technical) and Technical Colleges nationwide do not have specific skills required for the relevant job market-relevant skills.

He said the situation results in having millions of Nigerian graduates that are unemployed thereby creating a shortfall of the adequately skilled educated workforce which is one of the major constraints to the growth and development of our Nation.

Hence the present Administration’s emphasis majors on TVET and skill acquisition to the recognition that TVET is the bedrock of socio-economic growth and development of any nation.

In the same vein, the Head of Programme, Skills Development for Youth Employment (SKYE), Hans Bruns, said Nigeria is currently facing tremendous challenges in terms of sustainable job creation and productivity.
Mr Bruns noted that the time to increase the momentum of reform to achieve good results was now, hence the need for rapid steps to provide quality vocational education to the high number of young people.

He said, “It is worthy of note that the government of Nigeria has taken important steps in establishing the National Skills Council with the objective to develop skills for the nation through TVET”.

He urged Public education providers to make education and training more relevant to the demand of the Private sector.

The Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Folashade Yemi-Esan, called for more synergy between the public and private sector in addressing the issues of unemployment in the country.

Mrs Yemi-Esan, represented by the Director of Leadership, Management and Succession Planning, Mrs Margaret Azeez, said the present administration was working towards up-scaling the manpower as well as providing a conducive environment to meet the demand of work.

Prof. Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe, Registrar, National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) called for the empowerment of teachers on technical skills to be able to teach and have the best students in the various technical skills.

Federal Ministry of Education and other federal ministries signed a declaration of cooperation in TVET for quality skills that will enhance youth employment in Nigeria.

The two-day event will bring together TVET stakeholders from Government, the private sector, and international organisations to identify options and actions for an improved TVET system in Nigeria.

Highlights of the event include presentations from key players from the private sector, NACCIMA, Ministry of Labour and Productivity, amongst others

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