The National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Ondo State, says 2,000 unemployed people are currently benefitting from a special vocational skills training to reduce unemployment in the state.
The NDE State Coordinator, Mr Mayowa Aliu, who stated this on Tuesday at the launch in Akure, said the training was divided into two categories of cosmetology and seven other vocational skills.
He said 1,400 would be trained on cosmetology for two weeks while 600 would be trained on seven vocational skills for three months.
According to him, the training scheme is a special programme sponsored by political office holders in collaboration with the NDE through its vocational skills development department to train unemployed people across the three senatorial districts of the state.
“Today, we are flagging-off the training of 2,000 unemployed people for cosmetology and other seven different skills across the state.
“It is a special programme because all the trainees were recruited by political office holders such as the Governor, Deputy Governor, Senators, members of House of Representatives, Members of House of Assembly, Minister from the state and some traditional rulers across the state.
“The trainees were divided into two categories, 1,400 of them mainly women will be trained on cosmetology for two weeks.
“While the remaining 600 will be trained on seven different skills such as Shoe and Bag, Bead Stringing; Confectionary; Event Planning; Photography, Beauty Therapy and GSM repairing for three months.
“Participants will not pay any amount for the training but each of the trainees will be paid stipend during the training and at the end of the exercise some of the trainees will be given fund to start their own businesses. The essence is to reduce restlessness in the society and to encourage them to acquire skills,” he said.
He admonished the trainees to avail themselves the opportunity by taking the training serious. “My advice to trainees is to take it serious because some people may think it is a joke but at the end of the exercise they discover it is a long career and a big business.
“Put in your best because being skillful in one’s career will attract encouraging patronage,” Aliu advised.
One of the trainees, Mr Oladele Fatokun, from Owo Local Government Area, appreciated NDE for the gesture, urging the government to increase the number of participants and make it more than once in a year.
“Government should increase the number of participants because many people are still roaming the streets without work. And if more youths can engage in this kind of skill acquisition all manner of atrocity in the society will be reduced,’’ he said.
Also speaking, Mrs Esther Adebayo, from Akure South Local Government Area, showed her appreciation for being among the trainees, saying that the skills acquired would provide them with the best alternative source of livelihood.