They were carefully drawn from all parts of the state and trained in eight satellite centres spread across the three senatorial zones of the state under the National Industrial Skills Development Programme, NISDP.
Director General of ITF, Joseph Ari, said that the NISDP, was one of the key initiatives of ITF for job creation and wealth generation.
Represented by a Director in the Agency, Mr. Dickson Onuoha, Ari said that apart from NISDP, ITF had commenced series of initiatives including the Technical Skills Development Programme, TSDP, Women Skills Empowerment Programme, WOSEP, among other skills acquisition programmes.
•Some of the graduate trainees.
According to him, some of the training centres included the Products Development Agency, PRODA, the Science Equipment Development Institute, SEDI, Peace Land School, the Mario Institute, Nsukka as well as D-cube Engineering services and St. Paul’s Skill Acquisition, Oji River.
They were said to have been engaged on three months intensive training in the centres which gave them the invaluable opportunity to acquire employable skills, just as they were equally given entrepreneurial training by the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency, SMEDAN, which prepared them for the world of businesses.
According to Ari, before the end of the trainings, they were able to produce items and products in their different areas of training. The beneficiaries were trained in trade areas such as cosmetology, carpentry and wood work, domestic electrical wiring, tailoring and weaving, welding and fabrication among others.
At their passing ceremony in Enugu, the trainees displayed an array of items such as automatic electric control panels, well-tailored clothes, different cosmetic products, fabricated house doors, tables and chairs, among others.
One of those trained in electrical installations, Mr Chidubem Odenigbo, who spoke while displaying their group automatic electric change over switch said they were versatile in all electrical work and appealed for patronage of individuals and government agencies.
Another graduate-trainee, Mr. Raphael Uche pleaded with the state government to help provide them with starter packs to compliment the meagre amount the ITF gave them at the end of their trainings.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State who was represented by the state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr. Sam Ogbu-Nwobodo urged the trainee-graduates to produce quality products.
He also, advised them not to divert the money given them as take- off grants, while urging them to do everything within their reach to keep their customers satisfied.