Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) should not be a 2nd class alternative to academic pathways — Afolabi Imoukhuede.
Afolabi Imoukhuede is no new figure to the stakeholders in the N-Power Programme. He is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation and heads the N-Power Programme.
At the Launch of the N-Power Build programme, he shared a speech that we believe you should read. So go ahead and have a good read
ENUGU, ENUGU STATE, MAY 18, 2018
N-Power is the Job Creation Component of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP). It is an all-inclusive programme that focuses primarily on unemployed youths between the ages of 18 and 35 selected through a very transparent process.
The N-Power Build is a sub-component under N-Power primarily focused on Demand Based Skills Competency Development for various sectors of our economy through Vocational Training and Apprenticeship. The N-Power Build category was designed towards reviving Nigeria’s apprenticeship culture and to enhance the employability status of unemployed youths.
An apprenticeship is a job with significant in-built learning designed to prepare individuals for future employment, employability and active citizenship.
Across the World, apprenticeships are seen as an important and powerful way of developing high quality workforce especially when they are linked to direct occupational needs of the various sectors and industries.
Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) has over the years been positioned as a 2nd class alternative to academic pathways, but we must change that narrative. By the sheer number of Graduates enrolled in the N-Power Build programme (though designated as a Non-Graduate track being that the minimum entry requirement is the Senior Secondary School Examination Certificate (SSCE)) points to the fact that we can position TVET Apprenticeship as an ambitious, expansive and powerful alternative to academic routes suitable for a wide range of learners.
Relevant Skills and knowledge are the driving forces of economic growth and related development of any nation, this is why achieving large-scale skills development is the main thrust of the N-Power Programme.
Today as we formally launch this National Programme, we have begun by tailoring this Batch of 20,000 trainees deployed in about 250 approved participating Centres across Nigeria for the Construction and Automobile Sectors. (***active in 22 States & additional 15 States)
Anchored by our Strategic Partnership with the Sector Skill Councils approved by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE):
1. Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON) for the Construction Industry and
2. National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) for the Automobile Industry; we defined the (7) Skill Competencies areas that has been rolled out since March 1 namely: carpentry and joinery, electrical installation, masonry, painting and decoration, plumbing and pipefitting, welding and fabrication and automobile technician and also developed all the relevant Training Curriculum and Manuals.
The N-Power Build programme is as an end-to-end solution, not just a skills training programme, but also includes the linkage of acquired skill competences gained from the training to relevant market opportunities via apprenticeship. Beyond apprenticeship opportunity, the beneficiaries are prepared for employment and outsourcing opportunities.
We are here today to join His Excellency the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo SAN, GCON to formally launch the N-Power Build programme in the South-Eastern corridor in:
1. Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company Limited (ANAMMCO) Emene, Enugu. ANAMMCO provides training for Automobile beneficiaries, and;
2. The Multi-Skills Training Centre, Obingwa, Abia State. This training centre provides training in Carpentry, Electrical Installation and Welding/Fabrication.
These two centres just like many others across the Country demonstrate the ethos of N-Power Build programme as they are both training providers and ancillary production units that is able to immediately offer direct apprenticeship of 9-months to our Trainees after the completion of their in-Centre training. These centres also provide access to jobs with a network of employers.
May I use this opportunity to call on all Employers present here today to register a partnership for Apprenticeship slots with us as the first Batch of Graduating Trainees are expected to commence their (9) months Apprenticeship from June 1, 2018.
The Continued Systemic Sustainability of the N-Power Programme as a Large-Scale Skills Competency Framework is a topic of national discuss. Permit me to share with us 2 Global Models:
1. New Zealand ITF: it enables Industrial Training Organizations (ITO) to carry out their statutory responsibilities of:
a. Developing and maintaining Skill Standards and
b. Developing and maintaining Training Delivery in achieving outcomes that are consistent with their Education Strategy, Training & Apprenticeship and Sustainable Investment Plan (Production Hubs).
2. Germany Dual Training System: In view of the lack of apprenticeship training places in enterprises, the central Government finances various programmes designed to create additional places and improve in-company training.
a. There are also cases of “training bonus”/incentives given to companies to imbibe apprenticeship.
Let me submit therefore, that the above 2 models place a challenge at our own ITF regarding how we currently utilize our industrial training funds in order to achieve scale. ITF maintains a critical role in the building of a strong TVET Eco-system and can consider some ideas such as:
a. Facilitating adoption of Standard, well equipped and resourced training facilities both Government and Private as “ITF Approved Industrial Training Centres (ITCs)” or “ITF Approved Industrial Training Organizations (ITOs)”
b. Based on Standard Approved Curriculum, ITF can determine unit-training costs and create Training Vouchers for such approved ITCs or ITOs
c. Utilize these vouchers in a competitive performance based framework that incentivizes ITCs or ITOs not just to train, but also to link their training to apprenticeships, jobs and enterprises.
Finally, let me congratulate the current batch and future batches of N-Power Build. I urge you to be proud ambassadors of this programme. Please note that learning never stops, we continue to learn till the day we die, as such you must strive for mastery, seek to be the masters at this chosen discipline of yours.
I also congratulate your parents, sponsors and all the partners and stakeholders here present, as I urge us all to continue to track their progress.
God Bless You
God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
SSA-P Job Creation
Office of the Vice President
State House, Abuja