By Bridget Ikyado
The Executive Director of Yiaga Africa, Mr. Samson Itodo, advised students in the country to acquire professional skills, in order to be self-sufficient after graduation.
Itodo said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that learning a skill or two was “a vital first step towards entrepreneurship”.
He said students should learn skills that are in high demand, adding that it would save them wasting valuable time looking for white-collar jobs.
Itodo added that graduates who have already acquired skills should be empowered to start businesses.
“Vocational skills are practical or first-hand skills that help a person master a trade or job. These skills can be acquired on the job or at a vocational school during the holidays.
“A vocational school provides technical education to prepare people to work in a trade, craft or profession.
He said students could learn job skills without too much hassle.
“Choosing vocational training is a decision that will shape an individual’s entire career,” he said, adding that the current economic climate was very competitive, with the number of graduates worldwide expected to reach 300 million. by 2030.
“These numbers have encouraged some to start weighing their options in an effort to stand out, venturing into vocational skills while in school.”
The director of Yiaga Africa said students have the option of going through formal institutions or taking online training, both of which are flexible.
According to him, vocational education will play a vital role in the stability and security of the Nigerian economy.
“The more qualified professional entrepreneurs there are, the more money there is to earn and keep in the economy, which is why the young people who will be the leaders of tomorrow should get on board.
“It takes less time than a traditional four-year university to get a job with vocational skills and it can be learned in a few months to two years at any vocational institute around you,” he said. -he adds.
Itodo advised parents to enable their children to learn skills such as arts and crafts, house cleaning, electrical repairs, event planning, face painting, fashion design and hairdressing , among others. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Maharazu Ahmed