In a bid to equip young Nigerians with technical and vocational skills, the Federal Government’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (T-MAX) programme portal will be opened for registration today, Wednesday, Sept. 7.
The T-MAX project targeted about 15,000 youths in seven participating states of Kaduna; Gombe, Nasarawa, Ogun, Edo, Enugu and Lagos.
The Kaduna State Government has urged youth to enroll in the project which seeks to maximise existing private and public TVET centres and resources across the country.
The Commissioner for Business, Innovation and Technology Prof. Kabir Mato made the call on the sideline of a master trainers’ meeting of the project, on Tuesday in Kaduna.
He said the project was in line with the state government’s programme under human capital development, adding that skills development was a focal area of human capital development.
Represented by Sagir Balarabe, Special Adviser to Gov. Nasir El-Rufai on Human Capital Development, Mato said about 2,000 youths would benefit from the programme in the state.
“The ministry in collaboration with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and office of the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Educational Intervention have identified training centres for the programme.
“The training portal will be open tomorrow, trainees are expected to log in all their details after which there will be screening and training would commenced,” he said.
He said the trainees would be exposed to automobile; agriprenuership, agricultural processing and packaging, building, leather works and processing as well as Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
According to him, 40 per cent of the trainees will receive starter packs base on their performances while prizes will be presented to best graduates of the training programme.
Also, Mr Garba Hassan, Area Manager, ITF Kaduna Area Office, said the programme was designed to engage only unemployed and out-of-school youths within the age bracket of 18 to 35 years.
He said every eligible youths would be given fair chance, and urged them to apply via: www.projecttmax.itf.ng.