Samuel Luka, Bauchi
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has flagged-off a transformation training scheme for 50 unemployed youths in Bauchi state.
Mr Lawan Yaya, the state Coordinator of NDE who made this known during the commencement of the training in Bauchi on Wednesday, noted that the exercise would last for a period of three to 18 months.
He said that the training was carried out under the Vocational Skills Department (VSD) of the Directorate.
According to him, the participants were selected across the 20 Local Government Areas of the state.
He explained that in consideration by the Director General of NDE, Malam Abubakar Fikpo that two months or less is not enough to train people in vocational skills, he came up with the training which ranged from the period of three to 18 months.
“The Director General feels that such short time is not enough to get people trained in vocational skills for two months, hence the need for us to enlarge the training depending on the actual time span for that particular training”, he said.
“This is because, if you say you want to learn tailoring in three months, honestly and sincerely speaking, you can not learn or acquire what is needed for utmost dexterity”, he explained.
“That’s why this training is ranging from three to 18 months depending on the need of the training in time”, he further explained.
Mr. Lawan Yayaand added, “that is why we have this new training scheme tagged youth transformation and training scheme”.
Yaya further listed some of the vocations the participants would be trained on to include; tailoring, carpentry, auto-mechanic, autotronics, shoe and bag making, among others.
He added that if the participants were to seek for the training from private individuals, 95 per cent of them won’t be able to pay for it as they are now being engaged by NDE free of charge.
The NDE Coordinator, urged the participants to be up and doing and ensure they abide by the rules and regulations of the training.
“They should put extra efforts to see that within this period, they have actually learned something so that at the end of the day, they would be employers of labour,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of other participants, malam Isa Abdullahi, appreciated the federal government and NDE for the ‘kind’ gesture.
He expressed readiness to pay serious attention during the training to enable them acquire more skills and become employers of labour.