Polytechnics must start skills training – NBTE Boss

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The Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Idris Muhammad Bugaje said, there is need for all polytechnics in Nigeria to commence certified skills training aside the casual entrepreneurship programmes they offer.

Bugaje, made the call at a National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) sensitization workshop where over 100 artisans from Kano were engaged.

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He said, the aim of the program is to basically to re-engineer the technical and vocational sector especially the technical colleges which have been abandoned for very long to bring infrastructural intervention, train and retrain the teachers as well as put them on the NSQF framework and to bring on board the informal sector.

“57 percent of the National economy is informal. There is need to bring the sector onboard.

“Every polytechnic must start skills training, certified skills training not the kind of casual entrepreneurship programme they run under NSQF. We are not insisting on any particular trade, let them look at their environment and find the formal and informal industries around them and institute a training because when we talk of TVET, there are two components, Technical and vocational.”

Bugaje, lamented all along, Polytechnics have been doing the technical track, therefore, there is need to bring on board the vocational.

“The future of this country lies on skills, employment generations, export of skill labour. Today, globally, the currency of labour is skills. So, we currently must sit up, this craze of converting Polytechnics to universities should be reversed and even the mindset of those running the Polytechnics must be changed. Focus must be upskilled. That’s the way to go.

“Panteka has 38,000 artisans and only 30,000 in Kaduna Polytechnic. Now we have started training between the market and the Polytechnic in at least about seven trades and we need to expand that to the remaining 30 to 40 trades in the market but it will be gradual.

“This way, the students or the apprentices will be given certificate that can be recognised globally not an ordinary certificate of attendance. Recognised by NBTE. We have already done handshakes with similar frameworks across the globe so, it will be easier to them.”

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