The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) in partnership is to begin a National Skills Gap Assessment Survey in the country in February 2015.
The survey which will be in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation ((UNIDO) and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). It is expected to be updated every five years.
The Director General (ITF), Dr. Juliet Chukas Onaeko who disclosed this in Abuja said that “having the right industrial skill is the pillar for any successful industrial revolution.”
The DIrector General explained that the survey is expected to identify the mismatch between the skills of available workers and skills needed in the industrial sector.
While saying that the survey will create jobs for millions of Nigerians, the ITF boss stress the “survey will help the country adapt skills with changing trend around the world.”
“Data from the skills dap assessment survey will serve as a baseline for developing strategies and appropriate intervention measures to address existing gaps. This will guide the strategy for eliminating unemployment, broaden Nigeria’s industrial skills base and provide appropriate infrastructure for skills development.”
She revealed that money has been released upgrade facilities in the Model Skills Acquisition Centre in the agency’s headquarters in Abuja.
Speaking at the occasion, the Representative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in Nigeria , Patrick Kormawa noted that the National Industrial Skills Gap Assessment Survey will help identify the area of gaps in skills nationwide.
Kormawa said, jobs are not created overnight, it needs planning according to him, the survey will provide the data needed to plan. He noted that “without data you are walking a road without light and this is the light that ITF is trying to provide for the sectors that create jobs.”
He added that the UN agency will continue to support skills Programme in the country saying that UNIDO is working with ITF to provide the most critical enabler-skills.
“It is important that as a nation, we are aware of the present and future skill needs in industry and most importantly to understand the latest employment trends. Without this knowledge, the skills produced by institutions will not meet the needs of industry and our desire for an inclusive and sustainable economic growth will be stunted,” he added.