VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
The Department of Vocational, Technical and Skills Development (VT&SD) was established in July, 2015 by the Board for the coordinated development of working skills in the formal, non-formal and informal sectors of the nation's economy.
The Department was carved out of the former Programmes Department of the Board and subsumes mostly staff from the former Vocation and Enterprise Education Division.
The department which is headed by Engr. A. D. K. Mohammed has four divisions which are headed by Deputy Directors namely: Enterprise Institutions Division, headed by Mal. Abdul Isa Kofarmata; Non-formal Technical Eduction Division, by Mal. Samaila Tanko; Nigerian Skills Qualifications Division, by Mr. Olubode Daniel Majiyagbe; and Technical Trades Division, by Mal. Husaini Haruna Mohammad.
The vision of the VT&SD Department is ‘Learn a Skill for Life’. The vision points to the hope that every citizen of Nigeria will have at least one working skill, that is available for him/her to achieve at any age, which can sustain him throughout his life.
The mission of the VT&SD Department is to ‘spearhead and oversee the coordinated development of relevant and up-to-date skilled workforce for sustained socio-economic growth of the nation’.
The Functions of the VT&SD Department include the following:
- Establishing the Nigerian Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) in collaboration with relevant stakeholders
- Establishing National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Nigerian Skills Qualifications (NSQs) and the rules of engagement, while keeping a coherent and consistent database of these documents in collaboration with Industry, Sector Skills Councils (SSCs), Awarding Bodies (ABs) and other relevant stakeholders
- Setting and determining the roles, responsibilities and relationships of all stakeholders within the Framework
- Maintaining minimum training standards for Training Providers (TPs), Awarding Bodies (ABs) and Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) to ensure quality and smooth execution of the NSQF structure
- Setting and maintaining minimum academic standards in Technical Colleges (TCs), Vocational Enterprise Institutions (VEIs), Innovation Enterprise Institutions (IEIs) and Similar Institutions and regulating the quality of their programmes through accreditation, re-accreditation, advisory/resource inspection and monitoring visitations
- Determining the general programmes to be pursued by TCs, VEIs, IEIs and Similar Institutions and developing national minimum guide curricula in various specialties of technical education covered by these institutions
- Advising the Board in order to harmonize entry requirements and duration of courses and programmes in the above mentioned institutions
- Organising the systematic development of other Non-formal Skills Development initiatives in the Country
- Expanding access to TVET through Industry and Private Sector participation
- Collate, analyse and publish information relating to the NSQF and its relevant institutions. This include keeping and making available database of qualified assessors, internal quality assurance managers (internal verifiers), external quality assurance managers (external verifiers) and other relevant personnel necessary for the operation of the Framework
- Collate, analyse and publish information relating to TCs, VEIs and IEIs
- Organising consultative meetings between the Executive Secretary and heads of Industry, Awarding Bodies, TCs/VEIs/IEIs and other training organisations so as to provide a forum for discussion and review of the extant cooperation between these stakeholders and the Board.
- Coordinate all aspects of Entrepreneurship Programme in the TVET sub-sector
- Collate and coordinate the presentation of the Board's memoranda to the Joint Consultative Committee on Education, JCCE and the National Council on Education, NCE
Enterprise Institutions Division (EID)
The goal of the EID is to coordinate the development of enterprise education institutions, i.e. Vocational and Innovation Enterprise Institutions (VEIs/IEIs), with a view to reducing or eliminating the mismatch between training and industry or employer needs.
- To establish and maintain minimum academic standards in VEIs and IEIs and regulate the quality of their programmes through accreditation, re-accreditation, advisory/resource inspection and monitoring visitations
- To determine the general programmes to be pursued by VEIs/IEIs and set the minimum entry requirements for them
- To develop national minimum guide curricula in various specialist areas covered by the VEIs/IEIs
- To promote strong industry linkage in TVE for the purpose of expanding access and addressing industry needs
- To evolve, set and recommend entrepreneurship education requirements for all technical institutions in order to inculcate the spirit of entrepreneurial mindset in TVET students
- To promote and encourage private sector participation in skills training and development
Non-Formal Technical Education Division (NFTED)
The goal of the Non-Formal Technical Education Division (NFTED) is to coordinate the scientific development of the Non Formal Vocational and Technical Education sub-sector to achieve rapid socio-economic development of the country.
Its objectives are:
- To study, appraise and analyse the development of skills in Non-formal Technical Education in the country
- To determine the desirability of the non-formal technical skills required by the economy
- To develop standards for the identified skills
- To recommend the implementation of the standards to stakeholders.
- To monitor & evaluate the implementation of the standards.
- To provide support to non-formal vocational and skills centers in the country
- To appraise the socioeconomic impact of the standards in the country.
- To collate, produce and regulate the departmental schedule of visitations
In addition to the above, the Division will also coordinate the development of new curricula and evaluation of submissions for the establishment of new institutions within the purview of the Department. It will, in the interim, coordinate visitations, schedules and collation of visitation results for PEDC and Management consideration. It shall also be responsible for coordinating curriculum development/review for the Department.
Nigerian Skills Qualifications Division (NSQD)
The goal of the Division is to establish, develop and implement the NSQF as a pedestal for the socio-economic growth and development of the nation.
- Establish the NSQF in collaboration with relevant stakeholders
- Produce and maintain a free and accessible database for National Occupational Standards (NOS)
- Establish National Vocational Qualifications (NSQs) from the NOS, by setting the rules of engagement, in collaboration with Industry, Sector Skills Councils (SSCs), Awarding Bodies (ABs), Training Providers (TPs) and other relevant stakeholders
- Determine and set the roles, responsibilities and relationships of all stakeholders within the NSQF
- Establish and maintain minimum training standards for Training Providers (TPs) and Awarding Bodies (ABs) to ensure quality and smooth execution of the NSQF structure
- Publish or make available to the public necessary information for the successful implementation of the Framework
The NVQs Division will provide for the establishment of the NVQF, through the systematic integration and development of the current informal and non-formal skills sectors with the formal education and training sector.
Technical Trades Division (TTD)
The goal of the TTD is to ensure the quality delivery of knowledge and skills in technical and related trades in Technical Colleges (TCs) and similar secondary level institutions
- Initiate, design, develop and review curricula in technical and related trade areas
- Offer advice to the proprietors on issues relating to institutional administration and technical trade areas
- Carry out resource inspection of human and physical resources put in place in readiness for imparting knowledge and skills
- Carry out accreditation of technical and related courses to ensure quality of delivery
- Determine the capability of institutions on their readiness for additional programmes or streams
- To produce and coordinate the Board’s presentations to the Joint Consultative Committee on Education, JCCE and the National Council on Education, NCE