ITF Headquarters, Jos, Administrative Building.

Technical Vocational Skills Training Development Department

Industrial skills development has emerged as one of the most effective human resource development strategies that African countries need for rapid industrialization and national development.

Nigeria as a nation has moved a long way from the colonial literary education to a more functional Technical and Vocational Skills Development as a means of fostering economic growth and development. Nigerian nation is refocusing on the utilitarian value of skills acquisition and development. This is because adequately skilled workforce is a basic requirement for driving the engine of industrial and economic growth and skills development holds the key to building this type of technical and entrepreneurial workforce. Indeed, Nigeria, in the 21st Century, can only succeed in its economic and social dynamics within the global context by providing the right industrial skills to its citizens.

World Bank (2000) subscribes to this view when it states that growth and development of nations in the 21st century hinge predominantly on the quality and quantity of sound industrial skills possessed by its citizenry.

As a geopolitical entity, Nigeria has;
1. Glorious history.
2. Abundant human resources (about 167 million people).
3. Abundant mineral resources (6th largest producer and exporter of oil and sitting on one of the world’s largest reserves of natural gas).
4. Numerous business and investment potentials useful for Economic Development.

At present, we are experiencing the economic and social consequences of not providing relevant skills to the youth. Majority of young people have resorted to many vices such as; armed robbery, abduction, kidnapping, ritualism, militancy and of recent the menace of bomb attacks on individuals and nation’s sources of income/wealth. The political landscape is not spared and is often volatile. High incidence of corruption among Government officials.

These are trying times, indeed in Nigeria. But is there hope for Nigeria and can we free ourselves from this debilitating state?
Yes, I strongly believe that there is hope and we can free ourselves. How you may ask?
It is all in our mind and in the choices we make and of course in the persistence to which we put our thoughts to action to realise the value of our choices.

Sound Technical and Vocational Skills Training which the ITF is providing is targeted at: 1. Creating decent jobs in sufficient quantities to resolve the protracted problem of unemployment and reduce poverty;
2. Laying foundation for a robust and inclusive growth within the Nigerian economy; and
3. Improving, on a sustainable basis, the well-being of all classes of Nigerians regardless of their personal circumstances and location.

The Department has 4 Divisions namely:
  • Engineering & Construction
  • Apprentice Training Standardisation and Evaluation
  • Manufacturing
  • Extractive, Safety and Environment.


  • Design and Execute Skills Training Programmes required in commerce and industry.
  • Develop Job Specifications in various skill areas.
  • Conduct Skills Improvement Training in areas of need in commerce and industry.
  • Supervise, Evaluate and Monitor Apprenticeship Schemes in collaboration with relevant organizations.
  • Establish National Standards for all Vocational Skills Training.
  • Test and Certify graduates of approved Vocational Training Centres.
  • Prepare Periodic and Annual Reports on the activities of the Department.
  • Undertake any other functions as may be assigned by the Director-General.


  • Needs Assessment Survey.
  • Job Specification Development.
  • Programme Design and Development.
  • Critique of Newly Developed Skills Training Programmes.
  • Pilot Testing Newly Developed Skills Training Programmes.
  • Implementation of Scheduled Skills Training Programme.s
  • Implementation of Assisted Unscheduled Skills Training Programmes.
  • Review of Existing Skills Training Programmes.
  • National Apprenticeship Programmes.
  • Capacity Building for Training Development Officers.
  • Linkages and Collaborations with External Agencies (National and International) on Skills Training.
  • Assist Corporate Planning Department by Preparing Annual Workplan and Annual Rolling Plan.
  • Provision of Advisory and Consultancy Services to Organizations.
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