A vocational and technical institute that addresses the problems of unemployment by training students with special skills that emphasize more on entrepreneurship and self-reliance, which in turn boast the countries economy and tackle the problems hands on.
To provide students a safe training environment with world class facilities and tutors that are wholly qualified in their fields. Making vocational and technical education training appealing to young adults, women. Doing so will also address the issue of inequality in VTE sector.
The role of education in facilitating social and economic progress has long been recognized. Education improves functional and analytical ability and thereby opens up opportunities for individuals and also groups to achieve greater access to labour markets and livelihoods. A better-educated labor force is essential if we are to meet the labour supply requirements of faster growth. Education is not only an instrument of enhancing efficiency but is also an effective tool of widening and augmenting democratic participation and upgrading the overall quality of individual and societal life.
Vocational Education in a much broader sense cover education and skill development at all levels from post primary to tertiary education – both through formal and non-formal programs. Vocational Education at the +2 stage, also known as higher secondary stage, develop competencies (knowledge, skills and attitude) required by a specific occupation or a group of occupations, through diversified vocational courses to prepare pupil for the world of work, especially for self -employment.
According (AFD) Nigeria is a country undergoing economic reform. A productive, competent, and flexible workforce is a prerequisite for furthering economic development. The demand for skilled workers and technicians is already acute and will become ever more intense as the industrial sector becomes the dominant provider of employment; yet the Vocational and Technical Education (VTE) sub-sector is unable to respond to the changing labour market requirements because of its present supply-driven orientation. Its curricula, instructional equipment, teaching methods, and evaluation techniques are outdated, leading to inappropriately low internal and external efficiencies. The management capacity of the Technology and Science Department (TSD) is inadequate to improve the low-performing vocational and technical schools. Without intervention, the mismatch between school graduates and employer requirements (indicated above) will continue, and private sector-led economic growth, as espoused in the country’s National Economic Empowerment Development Strategy (NEEDS) will be compromised. The mismatch is due to vocational and technical education teaching outdated skills, with outdated curriculum, machinery and equipment and the lack of consultation with and the involvement of the private sector in VTE.
The proposed project by Nigerian Turkish Nile University(NTNU) will be to contribute to the development of a VTE policy, train staff, revise/develop curricula, and enhance equipment to improve internal efficiency. It will monitor labor market requirements and involve the private sector in training program development, accreditation, testing and certification to improve system-wide external efficiency. Provision will be made for encouraging more women, disadvantaged and marginalized groups to access VTE opportunities. The project will contribute to the Government’s achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; promote gender equality and empower women)
Constraints in vocational and educational training in Nigeria
Having looked at the various VTE centers in Nigeria we noticed some constraints that hinders the efficiency of the centers and in general it affects the participants as a whole. We have identified such constraints and came up with solutions on how the NTNU vocational and technical education center with tackle such problems.
The center will address the issue of training mismatch we will only train students in areas that are marketable and within the labour market criteria and information. Using a revised curriculum and qualified human resources staff.
The problem of shortages in course materials, textbooks, reference materials, computer courseware, multimedia packages or aids to teaching and learning that are in short supply around the country. All these problems are already been addressed by our center as we have a first-class training center with modern equipment’s.
Gender inequity is also a serious issue as in the last decade female participation in Nigerian technical colleges and centers is strikingly low at 19%. The majority of girls in technical colleges are enrolled in vocational programs that lead to professions traditionally held by women such as catering, secretarial, home economics and others.
As the job market is requiring more and more technical and vocational skills, women can no longer afford to rely on traditional narrow stream of professional options. The center will address this issue and also encourage more women participation in the vocational and technical education sector by creating gender inclusive learning program both in content and delivery to upset the disparity mentioned earlier.
Another problem noticed is that VTE programs lack clear priorities and are not developed on the basis of market viability. To tackle such issues we will introduce ICT education into VTE training also support and inculcate entrepreneurship throughout the entire curriculum.
Goals and Project Objectives
The goal of the proposed project is to contribute to poverty reduction through human resource development. The objective of the proposed project is to improve access to quality Vocational and Technical Education in formal and non-formal training institutions in Nigeria.
The proposed project comprises four (4) components: Each of the components includes several sets of activities.
(i)Improve access to skills training and vocational education: the marginalized such as women in the society will have access to a variety of vocational and technical courses which will be offered by NTNU CELL Institute and therefore enhance the employment marketability.
(ii) Enhanced quality and efficiency of skills training and vocational educational: a world class workshop based institute is currently based in the university campus and equipped with modern facilities and well trained professionals thereby allowing the students to learn in a better environment.
(iii) Strengthening Public-Private Partnership: the institute will see that it strengthens the relationship with government institution by organizing round tables with key stakeholders to discuss agenda for charting a new way forward for vocational and technical education in the country