The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) under its apprenticeship scheme on varied skills for unemployed youths has trained 600 persons in Anambra.

Mrs Chika Ufelle, Coordinator of NDE in Anambra, disclosed this at the commencement of the programme in Awka on Tuesday.

Ufelle said the 600 were among the 22,000 selected for the training nationwide.

According to her, the training will last for a period of three months during which the beneficiaries were expected to acquire some marketable skills.

She said they would be assisted with monthly stipend within the period to cushion their transportation stress.

The themes of the training are “Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS)” and “School on Wheel (SOW)” and were targeted to take significant steps toward creating decent jobs for the unemployed.

“Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme is a scheme through which the unemployed youths, both male and female comprising the illiterates and semi-literates, school leavers and school dropouts and vulnerable groups are trained.

“School on Wheel, on the other hand is a programme whereby training is taken to the rural areas where there are few or no available master trainers. In this case, all the equipment for the training is taken to the rural area in a caravan.”

The state coordinator also announced that 50 beneficiaries were currently undergoing SOW training at Aguleri in Anambra East and West Federal Constituencies.

She said the participants would be trained on computer appreciation, fashion designing, satellite dish and electrical installation, interior decoration and mat/basket weaving among others.

“The training will last for a period of three months and they will be paid a monthly stipend during the period to assist them in transportation,” she said.

She encouraged the participants to put in their best by being punctual and dedicated to the training in order to be ambassadors of their respective families.

Contributing, the Director-General of NDE, Dr Nasiru Ladan-Mohammed, said the training was simultaneously going on in all the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

Mohammed, who was represented by Mr Aye Charles reassured that federal government through the NDE was committed to tackling unemployment in Nigeria through various initiatives.

“In view of this, the Directorate has provided training opportunities for unemployed persons to develop different skills through which they can earn a living, provide job for others as well as contribute to the economy of the country by becoming productive,” he said.