By Favour Nnabugwu
As a human resource development agency, Industrial Training Fund has planned to build on its partnership with insurance companies on skills training to see how the underwriters can provide insurance for its facilitators, among others. The Director-General of ITF, Mrs. Juliet Chukkas-Onaeko made this known during a press briefing with Commerce and Industry Correspondents Association of Nigeria (CICAN) Abuja chapter in her office.
Chukkas-Onaeko will write to some insurance companies on how the insurers can work with the Fund to insure some of its facilities and facilitators. “We are planning to build on our partnership with insurance companies. We want insurance companies to come up with a kind of product that will cover our facilitators as trainers train our trainees in our various centres.
“ITF is committed to continuous development of human capital to adequately advance human resource practices in Nigeria and accelerate the level of contribution in national development. We have five vocational training centres in different states. We are partnering with other training institutions both inside and outside Nigeria and the aim is to provide internationally acceptable training for Nigerians so that they can use the certificates earned anywhere in the world.
It is only when we do this that our people can leave Nigeria and get good jobs outside the country. We want to empower people that can work locally and internationally.” She said the fund had established collaboration and networking with other institutions and agencies such as the German Chamber of Crafts and Commerce to train apprentices in line with German Dual System., SENAI in Brazil, Institute of Technology Engineering and Education Services (ITEES) in Singapore, Galilee International Management Institute(GIMI) in Israel, the SURE-P, Dangote, the Nigerian Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Cement Technology Institute and the Ajaokuta Steel Rolling Company.
The whole aim of the collaborations, she said, is to see a revitalized economy as evidence from developed and emerging economies show that requisite skills constitute a major platform for attaining sustainable economic development.