The Industrial Training Fund says it has commenced training in Information and Communications Technology skills for fresh 700 youths as part of its efforts to equip Nigerians with employability and entrepreneurship skills.
The beneficiaries who were selected from six states ¯ Bauchi, Plateau, Imo, Kaduna, Ondo, Cross River and the Federal Capital Territory ¯ would be provided with startup packs to start their own businesses at the end of the training.
The Director-General, ITF, Mr Joseph Ari, disclosed this in a statement, which was obtained by our correspondent.
The statement quoted Ari as saying that the programme was targeted at providing the beneficiaries with specialised skills in computer hardware, maintenance and computer networking, among others.
It said, “The programme is designed to develop skilled and certified ICT professionals that are capable of meeting today’s needs in specific ICT trade areas to bridge the ICT gap.
“It will also prepare participating youths for life after school by raising their skills in ICT for job and wealth creation. Unlike other intervention programmes by the ITF that are targeted at a broader segment of Nigerians, participation in ISEP was restricted to holders of Ordinary National Diploma and Higher National Diploma or its equivalent.”
Ari stated that the training programme would last for three months and that ITF would pay each of the beneficiaries a stipend of N5,000 throughout the duration of the programme.