Accredited trainers selected to train beneficiaries of the Delta State Government’s Skills and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) for the 2019/2020 Cycle have been charged to adhere strictly to the Training guidelines and Code of Conduct.
The Chief Job and Wealth Creation Office, Prof Eric Eboh, gave the charge at a one day Orientation Workshop for Trainers organised by the Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer in Asaba.
The trainers numbering 141 were engaged out of 215 trainers accredited for the STEP 2019/2020 Cycle based on their capacity, availability/willingness, functionality and accessibility.
Delivering his lecture tagged, “Presentation of Programme Philosophy, Rules and Guidelines & Code of Conduct,” Prof Eboh pointed out that the state government’s philosophy of initiating the Job Creation Scheme was to create a lasting legacy of new generation of youth entrepreneurs who are well motivated, inspired, skilled and adequately enabled to become self-employed and business owners.
While stating that the Trainers’ Orientation Workshop was to prepare them for the 2019/2020 and fifth cycle of the programme, he said over 4,200 youths have benefited from STEP/YAGEP in the past 4 years with an additional 850 youths for the 2019/2020 Cycle.
He gave the three dimensions of job creation skills training as entrepreneurship skills, occupational skills and personal effectiveness, tasking the trainers to uphold the Job Creation Brand of professionalism, quality, integrity and discipline.
He emphasized that these brand qualities were the reasons the Delta State Job Creation Scheme earned His Excellency, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, several national and international awards and an endorsement of national and international organisations and development agencies including the World Bank, European Union and United Nations.
He advised them to shun the act of colluding with trainees on absenteism, denial of trainees the use of equipment and training facilities, non-use of training modules among others in order to sustain the programme.
On his part, the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Youth Monitoring and Mentoring (DYMM), Mr Eddy Mekwuye, in his lecture, “The Role and Activities of Directorate of Youth Monitoring and Mentoring in Relation to STEP Trainees,” said the mandate of DYMM was to sustain the success recorded in the programme over the years.
He urged to do the right thing at all times to ensure that the programme yields the desired results.
Responding separately on behalf other trainers, Mrs Bridget Chineze and Mr Akpomreta Akpobome both in Fashion Design & Tailoring expressed their gratitude for being among the accredited trainers selected to partner with the state government in the 20019/2020 Cycle.
They pledged to put in their best to help the government achieve its vision of building a new generation of entrepreneurs.