The needs for youths to be adequately trained in vocational and technical skills have been identified as a pre-requisite for the development of any nation. This was disclosed at the passing-out/award giving ceremony of a SEEFOR pre-skilled training programme by the Managing Director, Dolphin Integrated Services, Sir Igochukwu Azubuike who is partnering with SEEFOR Project in the training of youths in welding and fabrication. Mr Azubuike reiterated the importance in welding and other vocational skills in every aspect of human endeavours and charged the trainees to be focused in their trade and work hard to fill the deficit in the welding industry. He commended the SEEFOR Project for partnering with his organization and other non-state actors to train youths in various skills that would keep them from social vices. Addressing the youths, the SEEFOR Project Coordinator, Mr Kelcious Amos who was represented by the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Mr Felix Praise said the SEEFOR sponsored training was geared at creating employment opportunities for the youths through partnership with non-governmental institutions in training of youths in various skills. He explained that the welding and fabrication trainees were admitted in two categories; three months for the pre-skilled youths i.e. those who already have background knowledge in the trade while six months were for those who were novice to the trade. Mr Praise commended the youths for their level of commitment during the training and applauded their group works which were on exhibition at the event, he enjoined them to aim higher and wished them well in their future endeavours. The Coordinator thanked the State government led by His Excellency Nyesom Wike for giving its support for the SEEFOR Project which has made its implementation possible in the State. Speaking on behalf of the trainees, Mrs Vivian Umar thanked SEEFOR Project for the training which has not only broadened their knowledge in welding and fabrication but has also certified them. She appealed to the project management to extend the training to other youths who are hoping for such opportunity. The highlight of the event was the exhibition of the group works by the students and presentation of award certificate to the traineee. It would be recalled that the project through its Technical, Vocational and Agricultural Training (TVAT) Sub-Component commenced the training of 800 eight hundred youths in vocational skills in partnership with non-state actors. The training was categorized into two groups, three months and six months for pre-skilled and non-skilled. The vocation include: Welding and Fabrication, Poultry/Fishing, Catering and Hospitality, Fashion, Furniture and Woodwork.
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