NDE begins vacation skills’ training for students

Kunle Obayan, NDE

Kunle Obayan

National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has disclosed that it would start the pilot training scheme for students in six states of the federation, beginning from July.

The Acting Director General, Kunle Obayan, who made the disclosure in Abuja yesterday, named the states as, Kogi, Ondo, Anambra, Cross River, Katsina and Bauchi.

He said the aim of the scheme is to expose young people to skills acquisition at young age and also prevent them from engaging in anti-social behaviors during the eight weeks long holiday period.

Obayan explained that the initiative will costs the NDE N15million in the six states chosen from teach of the six geo-political zones of the country, with the initial intakes of 900 students.

Saying the students would be paid a stipend for the duration, he said: “The aim of the school-to-work initiative is to meaningfully engage the students with a view to ensuring that they stay away from anti-social conducts due to idleness.”

The scheme is also envisioned to establish the culture of skills acquisition among young people who are under the regular school system and environment, through the inculcation of skills acquisition into the national educational system.”

“The programme would also equip the participants with the right training in the skills of their choice and is equally targeted at harnessing the latent talents in the participants,” he added.

Obayan also explained that as the nation faces economic challenges, the ability of parents to pay their wards schools fees is dwindling, which places higher responsibility on students to source their fees themselves.

He added: “This scheme will provide additional opportunity to indigent students to make money to pay their school fees and meet other expenses without assistance from parents and guardians.”

Apart from this, the scheme will also prepare the participants well ahead of the challenges inherent in the world of work, he noted.

He said the outcome of the exercise would assist in re-packaging it for expanded implementation in other parts of the country during the next long vacation.

The NDE boss said proficient and well-established master trainers and instructors from some NDE established skill centres will be engaged for the period the training is expected to last.

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