35,000 Nigerians to Benefit from German’s €19 Million Skills Programme
The Deutche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), a German government’s development programme in Nigeria, has said that about 35,000 Nigerians will benefit from its skills acquisition programme in the construction and agriculture sector.
The Skills Development for Youth Employment programme is aimed at improving income and generating employment opportunities for Nigerian young adults as shortage of jobs is seen as a major cause of migration to European and other industrialised countries.
Based on the integrated employment approach, it will improve the employability of Nigerian youths and young adults in the construction and agriculture sectors of the economy through technical and vocational education training.
Speaking during a stakeholders’ workshop held by the agency in partnership with the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, the Head of Skills Development for Youth Employment in Nigeria, Mr Hans-Lidwig Brins, said one of the obstacles facing the development of employment potential sectors such as the agriculture and construction was the lack of adequate qualified manpower.
According to him, a major reason for this lies in the poor quality of curricula, teacher training and equipment in the technical vocational education and training system.
The Global Competitiveness Index for 2018 according to him, states that Nigeria belongs to the 25 countries with the lowest ratings for quality education. He said the agency was seeking the states and private sector’s collaboration to advance both technological and vocational education in the country.
He said that the programme was funded by GIZ with €19.2 million and was focused on labour market relevance of the technical and vocational education training education system, which offers opportunities for youths amidst unemployment concerns in Nigeria.
He emphasised that the project was focused on making technical and vocational education demand driven. He said, “We need more government involvement and we need more involvement of the state and more involvement of the private sector.
“This is why we would need to go into public private dialogue with the states and municipal governments to actually support technological education. The idea is to capacitate different partners and institutions with regards to technical education and vocational training. Dealing only with the public sector won’t lead us to achieve the kind of result we want to achieve. So far, we are targeting 35,000 people in the selected states. We are aware of the issue of gender balance and this is why at least 30 per cent of the beneficiaries will be women.”
Hans further stated that the intervention was focusing on construction and the agricultural sectors because of their strategic place in the economy. He said, “The construction industry plays an important role in the economy and employment. Constructions activities cut across every aspect of the economy and will continue to expand with investments in infrastructure construction, manufacturing plans and the housing projects. It is one of the largest employers of labour and thus needs skilled workers.”
He added that the project provides in-company training as well as supports formal training institutions in implementing labour market relevant trainings.