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LASTVEB trains 120 youths on vocational skills to reduce unemployment



The Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) has concluded plans to train 120 youths on different vocational skills to reduce unemployment rate.

Mrs. Moronke Azeez, LASTVEB’s Executive Secretary, made this known at the orientation programme organised by the board, in partnership with Keshington Adebukunola Adebutu Foundation (KAAF), on Friday in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the vocational skills training fall under, “Skills for Work”, which are short terms nine months intensive training, and LASTVEB is in partnership with industries and sponsors.

Azeez, who did not state when the training would begin, said that it would also enable participants to contribute to the development in Lagos State.

She said that the board partnered with KAAF to support vocational skills training for those who were unemployed or out of schools.

“Over the last few months, we called for participation, and about 516 youths applied; we selected 120 people that will benefits from the training.

“The training, equipment, sources and tools that the participants will need are all free.

”What we have done over the last few months is to come up with four skills areas which are very important in the society today.

“And, these are furniture making, tiling installer under construction, plumbing and electrical maintenance,” she said.

The LASTVEB executive secretary said the board noticed that the skill courses were very relevant to the specific needs of various industries.

“We are also working with good trainers to train the participants to ensure they have quality knowledge.

“This training will provide opportunities and skills for the participants, which will enable them to become productive citizens in Lagos State,” she said.

Azeez advised the participants to be focused, work together as a team and remain positive always, during and after the training.

Also, Mrs. Judith Ukaobi, representing KAAF, said that they partnered with LASTVEB to enable participants to become self-reliant and reduce the rate of unemployment among youths.

Ukaobi, also the Human Resources Manager of Premier Lotto, said that training more youths on different vocational skills would improve the economic activities.

“Youths should always be problem solvers to people’s needs because issues will always come up for solutions.

“I urge the participants to be focused on becoming good at their crafts, training and develop a good character when learning,” she said.

One of the participants, Samuel Jude, said he applied for electrical installation, noting that it was a great privilege to be selected.

Jude said that he believed the training would be a great opportunity for him to be self-employed than to work for others.

“I expect them to share more skills and knowledge on different ways to install electrical works.

“I found out about the training through a relative and immediately, I applied online and the process is not difficult,” he said.

Another participant, Miss Funke Omoboye, said that she chose furniture and carpentry work because of her interest in the skills.

Omoboye said that she saw the advertisements on social media, and she immediately applied because it was an opportunity to become a furniture marker.

“I will use this opportunity wisely, and am grateful to Lagos State Government, LASTVEB and KAAF for the opportunity given to all the participants,” she added.(NAN)

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