The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has so far trained and equipped over 200,000 youths under its National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP).
The Director-General/Chief Executive of the organisation, Sir. Joseph N. Ari revealed this in the state at a closing ceremony of 2020 Industrial Skill Development Programme recently.
Represented by Head of Accreditation and Certification Division, Malam Hassan M. Hassan, Ari said the beneficiaries were equipped in six trades namely, fashion design, garment making, Information and Communication Technology, cosmetology, poultry production, fish production and crop production.
Mr. Ari said ITF has introduced different new programmes for the year 2021 such as skills training and empowerment, for physically challenged, passion to profession programme and skills empowerment among others.
He said under these programmes, beneficiaries would be trained in web design and programming; advance computer networking, mobile app development, iron bending, crops production, GSM repair, air conditioning and refrigeration and ladies wig cap making.
He descended skill acquisition as the most viable and sustainable solution to rising unemployment.
Mr. Ari called on state and local governments, NGOs, faith based organisations, politicians and other stakeholders to collaborate with ITF to equip the people in the nation with life skills.
Earlier, the Area Manager ITF Katsina State, Hajiya Hauwa A. Muhammadcalled on beneficiaries of the programmes to make good use of what they learned and equipment provided to them.
Mrs. Muhammad said about 105 youths in the state were trained under the National Industrial Skills Development Programme. In his speech, the Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Commerce, Alhaji Mannir Talba said the state would continue to collaborate with ITF for training of youths