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Anambra approves Trade Test Certificates for skills trainees

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Anambra State Government has approved issuing of Trade Test certificates to skills acquisition trainees, who successfully complete their training in various vocations under the “One Youth, One Skill” programme.

  The beneficiaries include those trained from 2016 to 2020 in Hairdressing, Electrical Installation (Solar), Cosmetology, Computer Craft work, Hotel Management, Tiling, Concrete Works, Photography, Painting Works, Leather Works and Shoe Making.

  Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy, Prof Theresa Obiekezie, said this during the 6th edition of Coaching and Mentoring Session organised by the ministry for graduands of the programme.

  She said the government considered it proper to issue them with trade test certificates on completion of their training in fulfillment of a vision for youth economic empowerment and sustainability.

  According to her, the certificates are being processed

to be ready for collection by eligible candidates only in the nearest future, while collection by proxy must not be allowed.

  The commissioner noted that the certificates enjoyed recognition and acceptance within and outside the shores of the country for employment purposes in the candidates’ areas of specialisation to enable them to earn a decent living.

  “The certificate can easily fetch good jobs abroad, instead of going there to do menial jobs. You can work comfortably there with the certificate,” Prof Obiekezie said

  While urging them to appreciate the state government for training them out of not less than 2 million youths in the state, she reminded them of the need to imbibe the virtues of discipline, hard work, being law-abiding and respect for elders.

  She described the Coaching and Mentoring Sessions as apt and a critical component of empowerment to further equip them with technical support services needed to run their businesses successfully.

  In her own contribution, the permanent secretary of the ministry, Mrs Louisa Ezeanya, enjoined them to cultivate the right attitude to life, approach their

vocations with passion and shun acts capable of ruining their careers.

  Earlier, Mr Eloka Maduekwe, Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth Entrepreneurship, tutored the participants on sources of credit facilities to start their businesses through NARSAL, Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) and related agencies.

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