ITF blames high unemployment on skills gap

ITF blames high unemployment on skills gap

The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has blamed the high unemployment rate in the country on the gap between available skills and demands of the labour market. Speaking with The Nation, ITF Acting Director-General Mr. Dickson Onuoha said there were many job openings but no skilled manpower to fill them.

He said the ITF, in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), launched a National Industrial Skills Gap Assessment Survey in 2015, and its result showed that there were vacancies which were not adequately filled.

His words: “Preliminary information from the report of that exercise, which is about to be finalised and released, shows that there are a lot of vacancies in the industries.  This is not because of lack of youths or graduates, but because they lack the required skills to fill  these vacancies.’’ Read more

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