By G9ija

Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), recently held a maiden matriculation ceremony for the first set of 80 workplace learners under the National Skills Qualification Scheme (NSQS).

The scheme was in partnership with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), and the Computer Telecommunication Engineering Association of Nigeria (COMTEAN).

He explained that the scheme will enable the country to produce a workforce that is skilled, competent, efficient, highly mobile and innovative against the army of unemployable graduates that abound in the labour market.

The Rector disclosed that the College, as a training provider under the NSQS framework, has introduced an innovative approach towards ensuring effective implementation of the scheme.

He explained that the approach entails the use of workplace and community-based skills training programme that leverages Open Distance Learning (ODL) and technology to increase access, ensure competency, meet the skills needs of industry and communities.

He said, “Today, we have learners in the areas of Mobile Phone Repairs and Computer Hardware Repairs. The plan is to extend the skills training to other sectors critically affected by shortages of skilled manpower like the construction and automotive industries, by training more staff to qualify as quality assurance assessors and increased collaboration with industry partners.

“YABATECH being the first and still the best higher institution in Nigeria is poised to support the effort of the Government in producing a workforce that is highly skilled, innovative and responsive to the needs of the labour market.

“I encourage our learners to be committed and dedicated to the training to enable them to earn sustainable livelihood afterwards. Our staff are available to support you and ensure you are successful in both internal and external assessments,” he added.

He lauded COL, Canada for its commendable role as the catalyst for this achievement, and specifically to the outgoing Education Specialist of COL, Ms Terry Neal, for her belief in YABATECH to deliver world-class skills training.
Besides, he recognized and appreciated the industry partner, COMTEAN, for its doggedness and commitment to this project.