Executive Secretary of National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) Dr. Masa'udu A. Kazaure, mni has emphasized that for any skill development programme to succeed in the power sector, there must be a suitable qualifications framework and verification system that will provide the necessary quality assurance and control mechanism.
Dr. Kazaure who stated this in a keynote address he delivered at the graduation ceremony of the Graduate Skills Development Programme (NGSDP) of the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) at Sheraton Hotels, Abuja added that the National Vocational Qualifications Framework (NVQF) will do a great deal at improving the understanding of qualifications in terms of information they convey to an employer about prospective workers' competencies.
According to him, “only skilled technicians and technologists are required in the power and related industries to cope with the challenges posed by a fast changing technologically oriented world of work”.
In his remark, the Director General of NAPTIN, Engr. Rueben Okeke said that the institute was graduating 243 graduate trainees under its 12 months Graduate Skills Development Programme, explaining that the programme is an initiative of the Institute designed as a systematic interventionist approach to professional technical manpower development in the power sector.
He stated that the Institute was graduating the first set of graduate-level engineers who had undergone a rigorous and intensive 12-months skills development programme in the three key areas of electricity production chain of generation, transmission and distribution.
Explaining further, Engr. Okeke said that only three failures were recorded out of the 243 trainees adding that the graduands were awarded certificate of Completion and that of Merit. Mr. Mba Lawrence and Nura Mohammed of electrical engineering and mechanical engineering respectively were also recognized as the best graduating students.
The Director General added that since the launching of the programme in September 2012, the Institute had admitted 243 graduate trainees out of 1,530 applications it received nationwide, stressing that the programme was conceived as a pro-reform initiative to build up the professional level technical manpower required to match up with the infrastructural expansion in the power sector.
He further revealed that in an effort to improve its training capacity and capabilities, NAPTN had developed a National Occupational Standard (NOS) in collaboration with the NBTE and was also partnering with the National Universities Commission (NUC) to facilitate its collaboration with some Nigerian universities.© National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).