Developing A Data Bank And Increasing Access To Employment For Certified Craftsmen In Nigeria

Developing A Data Bank And Increasing Access To Employment For Certified Craftsmen In Nigeria

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Developing A Data Bank And Increasing Access To Employment For Certified Craftsmen In Nigeria

The role of craftsmen in national development cannot be over-emphasised. Their skills are necessary in engineering, construction, hospitality, entrepreneurial sector, etc. However, part of the problems of economic and technological development in Nigeria includes inadequate number of skilled manpower and lack of access of certified craftsmen to employers of labour. Prior to now, organization and storage of data on certified craftsmen did not include important parameters such as location and other demographics. This study, therefore aimed at developing a data bank of certified craftsmen of out-turns of Technical Colleges in Nigeria using the results of the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB)May/June, NBC/NTC Examination (2013-2017)for easy accessibility and employability. Population and sample of the study were 300,327and 97,929 certified craftsmen, respectively. Descriptive statistics was used to analyse the data. The findings of the study revealed that the annual out-turn of certified craftsmen in Nigeria is low, and most of the trades were dominated by males. It also indicated that there were evidences of mismatch of skills in the skills’ supply and demand chain in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).It was therefore recommended that the data bank of certified craftsmen be provided and updated periodically with relevant demographic variables in order to facilitate access and employability. The result of the study has implications for more programmatic emphasis on skills development and acquisition. Additionally, the paper made recommendations on strategies for revitalizing assessment for TVET institutions to enhance the status of the certified craftsmen. 
Keywords: Data-bank, Certified Craftsmen, Trades, Gender-based differences in Career  TVET

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