Socio-Political Group in Akwa Ibom State, The New Breed for Sustainable Development, has started a free skill acquisition training for both graduates and non-graduates.
The training cuts across various skills in high demand in the State to include: Agriculture, Audio/Visual Production, Catering, Fashion Design, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Leather Works, Makeover, Photography/Videography.
The New Breed for Sustainable Development is a group with a mission to promote good governance, skill-based education and entrepreneurship in the State. It came into existence in 2013 and introduced its entrepreneurial arm in 2021.
The Spokesperson for the entrepreneurship training, Mr Ukeme Nyah, during a media chat on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at the New Breed Office, Ewet Housing, informed that 10,000 graduates from different educational institutions and non graduates will be trained on the various skills for free.
He mentioned that the training is in batches and is ongoing for the first set.
Nyah pointed out that the practical skill acquisition training is aimed at equipping young graduates and non-graduates who are unable to secure jobs for themselves with necessary skills which will not only in turn help them create jobs, but also, drive economic growth, provide the needed manpower and birth innovations in the State.
He advocated for a balance in skill-based and knowledge-based education to avoid situations where graduates who strictly acquire knowledge from lectures and textbook remain jobless due to the inability to secure a job in their respective field of study.
He added that practical skill acquisition should be highly encouraged and embraced.
Earlier in his remark, the International Coordinator of the group, Engr Ekpenyong Ekpenyong, emphasized that the more youth are empowered, the more problems are solved.
He called on A’Ibom youth to participate in the training.
The Media Consultant to the group, Engr Edwin Ebese, noted that the training is mainly for the youth, however, age isn’t a barrier and the skill-based education is open to physically challenged persons except for the blind whom provision is yet to be made for.