The Bayelsa State Government has expressed readiness to partner with the International Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (IITH) to train youths in the state.
The State Commissioner for Labour, Employment and Productivity, Hon. Stanley Braboke stated this during a meeting with members of the institute in Yenagoa.
He expressed delight about their proposal to train Bayelsa youths, which gave rise to the meeting in order to enable further discussions that would lead to a fruitful collaboration.
He recalled the skills development programme for 105 youths in the state which the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) organized in the year 2020, noting that the Ministry is pleased to collaborate with other agencies to conduct such trainings.
He also praised the institute for their training facility, and robust curriculum, saying the institute could be used as a training centre by the ITF for their upcoming skill development programmes.
Earlier in his remarks, the Acting Registrar IITH, Dr. Ovienadu Torutein, thanked the Labour Commissioner for granting them audience as similar proposals have been sent to other private and public agencies, without any favourable response.
He said the IITH had successfully trained amnesty delegates in several skill sets, and looks forward to doing same with more youths in the state in order to boost entrepreneurship and economic growth in the state.
Dr. Toruteinn also revealed that the Institute is affiliated to the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and offers a diploma certification which is equivalent to the National Vocational Qualification by the NBTE.
He said they equally grant students access to Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) loans and grants for Micro, Small and Medium-Scaled Enterprises (MSMEs).
The Head of Training, Fashion Designing, IITH, Mr. Patrick Perekebina on his part, stated that the institute offers a robust theoretical and practical based curriculum in skills such as Fashion Designing, Catering, Plumbing, Electrical Installation amongst others, as well as post training monitoring of students.
In his remarks, the Head of the Productivity Department of the Ministry, Mr. Sunday Nikade said he paid an unscheduled visit to the institute, and was impressed with their facilities and looks forward to a successful collaboration between the ministry and the institute.