The Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo today share some key statements regarding the FG social investment programme (N-Power) after he visited Enugu yesterday to launch the N-Power build.
Below is the statements VP Osinbajo shared on his Facebook page.
It is my firm belief that reviving our apprenticeship culture forms a key part of the solution to the issues of skill shortages and youth unemployment.
Yesterday, I was in Enugu for the Formal Launch of N-Power Build, our vocational and apprenticeship programme. Perhaps more important than the launch itself is the fact that we are establishing a major strategy for creating highly skilled technical personnel in Nigeria and creating thousands of technical jobs.
I believe we must allow the employers (who are the ultimate users of our education and training system outputs) to lead the way through the various sector skill councils and together work towards a common goal of skilling our teeming youths with relevant and
appropriate skill competencies for the enormous infrastructure projects we have embarked upon.
N-Power, as we know, is the job creation initiative of the Federal Government of Nigeria under its National Social Investment Programme (NSIP). It is designed to help young Nigerians, both Graduate and Non-Graduate alike, to acquire and develop life-long skills to become solution providers in their communities, and to improve their employability and entrepreneurial skills
The N-Power Build, is a sub-component of N-Power. It is an accelerated Vocational Training, Certification and Apprenticeship programme that will engage and train 75,000 young unemployed Nigerians between the ages of 18-35 years. The plan is to build a new
crop of a skilled and highly competent workforce of technicians, artisans and service professionals in various industries.
The uniqueness of our training model is that we don't just do a skills training. We work with the companies and organizations that need these types of technicians. So, we train to meet their needs and they also give the trainees practical working experience through an apprenticeship programme in their companies. Beginning with the construction industry, we are building highly competent technicians in electricals, plumbing, welding, carpentry, masonry and painting.
In the automobile industry, we are training automobile technicians. The training is intensive. It is a full 1-year programme,
comprising accelerated 3-months in centre training, after which they will qualify for a 9-month apprenticeship placement at participating employer companies.