Deltans, particularly those in the employ of government and the private sector, have been advised to acquire skills to support their earnings and sustain themselves when they disengage from active service.
The Executive Secretary, Delta State Technical and Vocational Education Board, Engineer Smart Ikem, who gave the advice in an interview with gallantreporters in Asaba, said everyone should have a skill in view of the non availability of white collar jobs and the challenges of retirement life.
Engineer Ikem noted that many civil servants usually fell sick soon after retiring from active service due to want of what to do to keep fit and sustain their finances, affirming that acquiring a skill was the only way to guarantee a stress free retirement life.
He added that unemployed youths should look beyond non existent white collar jobs and take advantage of the Vocational Education Programme of the state government to acquire skills that would make them self employed and employers of labour within a period of six months.
DSTVEB Executive Secretary revealed that the cost of training in the Vocational Education Centres across the state was highly subsidised, pointing out that with as low as N6,000 one could acquire skills in ICT, fashion design, hair dressing and makeover, catering, event planning and decoration, electrical installation works, among other trades, while with N10,000 one could acquire welding and fabrication skills.
Engineer Ikem stated that over the past six years the number of Vocational Education Centres had increased from five to twelve, with more trainees benefitting, enrollment and awareness greatly improved, while starter packs and financial support had been given to some graduands.
On projections for the future, the Executive Secretary said the Board hoped to consolidate the production centres already established in the education centres to be able to showcase and market craft works and make the centres more viable, while more centres would be established across the state.
He commended the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, for his passion for human capital development, using the Technical Colleges, Vocational Education Centres and the Job Creation Office, describing it as a sure way to positively redirect the minds of the youth.