By Edith Ike-Eboh
The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has partnered with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to train 255 youths in nine vocational skills.
The board disclosed this in a statement issued by its management, in Abuja, on Sunday.
It said the six months training was being funded by the NCDMB and would be conducted by the ITF.
It added that the training would cover classroom and intensive practical exercises in Hospitality and Tourism, Mobile Phone Repairs and Troubleshooting.
Others, it said, include Information and Communication Technology, Electrical/Electronic Technology and Industrial Automation and Mechatronics.
Also, Instrumentation and Process Control, Mechanical Services & Maintenance, Residential Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Maintenance and Building Technology.
It added that the beneficiaries were selected from the Board’s NOGIC-JQS platform, with representation from the six geo-political zones of the country.
” A further selection exercise was organised for the trainees, involving computer-based tests and oral interviews in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt,” it added.
It quoted the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Mr Simbi Wabote at the kick off ceremony as saying that the initiative was consistent with the objectives of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act and NCDMB’s 10-Year Strategic Roadmap.
This, he said, targeted at growing Nigerian Content from 27 per cent in 2017 to 70 per cent by 2027.
“The Roadmap also aspires to retain over14billion dollars out of 20 billion dollars estimated annual industry spend in the country and create over 300,000 direct and indirect employment.
” The intent of the NCDMB/ITF collaboration is to close gaps in vocational and entrepreneurship skills among Nigerian youths, drive self-employment and value creation in the oil and gas industry.
“Also, linkage sectors and address youths’ redundancy and loss of economic value of human capital needed to drive economic growth.
‘Part of the goal is also to strengthen the linkage between the oil and gas industry and other sectors of the Nigerian economy and complement the Federal Government`s efforts towards job creation and diversification of the Nigerian economy,” he added.
Wabote further highlighted the premium NCDMB places on human capital development.
According to him, from the inception of the Board in 2010, over 9,000 Nigerians have benefitted from our training in various skill areas for graduates and artisans resulting in over 10 million training manhours.
He assured that NCDMB would continue its training interventions and widening its coverage to vocational and entrepreneurship skills, which are critical to the creation of employment, sustainable growth and diversification of the Nigerian economy.
He expressed delight over the Board’s partnership with ITF, which had excelled in the strategic role of leading the development of knowledge and skills in the various sectors of the Nigerian economy.(NAN)