The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) says it has begun training of 1,548 trainees of the Advanced Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (ANOAS) nationwide.
The Acting Director- General of NDE, Malam Abubakar Nuhu-Fikpo , made the disclosure during the orientation of the trainees of the scheme in Birnin Kebbi on Friday.
He said that the youths were drawn from 774 local government areas of the country, adding that Kebbi State had two youths from each of the 21 local government areas of the state.
“The trainees had been initially trained under Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme ( BNOAS) which qualified them for the advanced basic national apprenticeship scheme (ANOAS) training.
“The ANOAS training is designed for artisans who graduated from BNOAS.
“It is aimed at upgrading their skills to higher levels of competence,” Nuhu-Fikpo said.
Nuhu-Fikpo, who was represented by the Kebbi State Coordinator of the directorate , Alhaji Abdullahi Danjuma- Machika, congratulated the trainees, and urged them to use the opportunity given to them to acquire skills.
He advised them not to become only self- reliant but be employers of labour.
Earlier, the representative of the Vocational Skills Development Department in the state, Malam Mammam Abubakar, advised the trainees to take the training seriously as many unemployed persons were looking for the opportunity to excel.
He also urged them to obey the rules and regulations of their trainers and always be punctual at their various training centres.
One of the trainees, Musa Garba, who thanked the NDE for giving them the opportunity to upgrade their skills to higher levels of competence, promised to make the best use of the opportunity given to them.