The German government says it is investing 20 million Euro in the training of 52,000 Nigerian youths over a period of four years.
The Country Director, Dr Thomas Kirsch, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmBH stated this at a stakeholders meeting on the Skills Development for Youth Employment (SKYE), held in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Thursday.
Kirsch said the German Government was working with different Nigerian partners to identify young people to be trained in close cooperation with governments and the private sector.
“We have some experience from the last three years to successfully train 10,000 people. We will train in the coming four years 52,000 young men and women. An overall volume of €20 million is made available and this will be invested in staff, equipment and most of the money will go into training of the people’’, Kirsch said.
According to him, the project would focus on training in short term courses aimed at enabling them to acquire empowerment skills after the project.
He also said the priority areas of focus of the project would be in energy, construction and agriculture.
The Head of Cooperation, German Embassy, Mr Christopher Wenzel said the German government was committed to ensuring job creation and skilled labour in line with Nigeria’s economic growth plan.
“What we try to do as a government is see the potential in Nigeria’s youth. We try to make use of that capacity so that youths are trained to deliver services that are needed by so many people. So what we want to do through GIZ is to bring together the demand for labour and services together with the supply and I guess that is the challenge’’, Wenzel said.
He also explained that the programme would ensure that participants got decent jobs after the training.
The SKYE project is a four-year project tenure duration from 2018 to 2022 which focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and skills for the labour market through Technical, Vocational Education and Training to tackle unemployment, root causes of irregular migration and socio-economic degradation in the country.