Kwara State International Vocational, Technical and Entrepreneurship College (IVTEC) on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) and the World Bank on the training of 250 students.
The MoU, according to the governor who signed on behalf of the state government, would provide payment of monthly stipends for each trainee for the period of the training.
He added that the three-month training programme would be followed by six months of industrial apprenticeship to further expose the trainees to their various vocations.
The governor explained that the college was established to provide the best technical, vocational and entrepreneurship training for youths in order to make them gainfully employed and contribute their quota to the society.
Ahmed added that IVTEC was benchmarked against global standards in vocational education through a partnership with globally recognised certification bodies like City and Guilds of London.
Speaking earlier, the Director-General of the NDE, Dr Nasiru Ladan, described the partnership as a right step in the right direction.
Ladan explained that the initiative would open a new vista in the implementation of the skills for job of components of YESSO.
The director-general, who was represented by Mrs Olaomi Roseline, congratulated Kwara State Government for pioneering output based state-led skills among eight states.
Ladan, who listed the states to include Bauchi, Cross River, Ekiti, Logic, Kwara, Niger, Osun and Oyo, disclosed that a total of 316 youths were trained in the last two years.
Also speaking, IVTEC Rector, Dr Ade Somide, explained that the state government’s investment in the college would yield positive results with the NDE and World Bank partnership.
He said the college had graduated 150 trainees in various technical fields.