NABTEB to hold National Youth Skills Exhibition, TVET Expo, Conference in Benin




The National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) is organising a National Youth Skills Exhibition, TVET Expo and Conference as a Post-25th Anniversary Celebration.

The three-day event is scheduled to take place October 17 to 19  in Benin City, Edo State.

The Conference and Exhibition aims to convene an ecosystem of NABTEB’s stakeholders (government, industry, academia, sectorial groups and other partners) to meet, amplify and catalyse skills development, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)as a veritable tool for transforming the lives of young people, combating unemployment and poverty, and building a sustainable growth economy.

The expected attendees will include a combination of educators, policymakers and practitioners from national and state educational systems, Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), decision makers from industries and commerce, academics, entrepreneurs, development practitioners, international institutions, donor agencies and non-governmental organisations engaged in various aspects of education, employment and economic development, as well as students, parents, career changers, young people and the general public.

This multi-faceted Event is a further indication of NABTEB’s commitment to strengthening dialogue with its stakeholders and employers of labour on the need to take concrete steps to raise the skills profile of the Nigerian labour market and the importance of NABTEB assessment and certification as a driver for learning and professional advancement.”

EVENT STRUCTURE:

National Youth Skills Exhibition: The Skills Exhibition is a celebration of quality and excellence in technical and vocational education, and is targeted at Science and Technical Colleges, and allied Post-Basic Educational Institutions in Nigeria. The Exhibition will showcase the skills and talents of students, and provide competitors with the opportunity to challenge their peers in various skills, trades and technologies based on criteria set by industries. The Exhibition is the culmination of the hard work of young people, their trainers, training providers and employers.

The Skills Exhibition aims to raise awareness among young people, their parents and educators about the value of technical and vocational training as viable career option. This Event is a great opportunity for industries and professional bodies to share their expertise and knowledge through participation as members of the Panel of Judges and sponsorship of events.

“Education That Pays for Itself Nigeria 2018 Conference”: Taking place concurrently with the Youth Skills Exhibition is the “Education That Pays for Itself Nigeria 2018” conference. Organised in collaboration with Teach A Man to Fish UK, the three-day conference will bring together over 300 delegates from Nigeria and beyond to present, discuss and share information on key issues and challenges facing education, skills development, especially assessment for preparing young people for the world of work and professional advancement.

The theme for this year’s conference is: “Learning for Life: Entrepreneurship, Employability and Skills for Career Advancement”.

The Conference programme is packed with practical solution-oriented workshops and interactive knowledge exchange sessions, learning labs, plenary sessions, panel discussions and poster presentations on specific topics. Representatives from governments, academia, industry and international organisations will exchange experiences, ideas, new information and perspectives on issues related to preparing students for a future that lays premium on skills and entrepreneurial mindset

The Conference presentations will be facilitated by leading experts and practitioners, and will offer attendees a unique opportunity to learn about the latest developments and acquire important skills. This is an occasion tonetwork andmake useful connections with people at the forefront of education, business and skills development.

TVET Expo: Alongside the Exhibition and Conference, the TVET Expo will spotlight the wide variety of TVET institutions and career options available to young people in Nigeria. The Expo will bring together TVET institutions, Post-Basic Educational Institutions and employers of labour to provide a forum on accessing technical and vocational training, employment and support for starting small businesses.

The TVET Expo aims to sensitise primary and secondary school students, teachers, parents and the general public to embrace practical technical and vocational skills education as an attractive and viable career option for students after basic education and for further education of young people. The Expo attendees will have the opportunity to access a broad range of educational information and career advice, as well as interact with representatives of accredited public and private TVET institutions and colleges to discuss technical and vocational courses and develop a career plan for the future.

The Expo is also a distinctive platform for businesses and industries to showcase their products, services and expertise to a wide variety of stakeholders and decision makers in the Nigerian educational sector.

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION:

The National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) invites all stakeholders, including educational institutions, the business community and social and economic development organisations to take advantage of the opportunity to attend the NABTEB National Youth Skills Exhibition, TVET Expo and Conference. With the support of stakeholders, friends and enablers, the Event aims to become an annual fixture on the NABTEB calendar.

National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) is the leading examination body that assesses and certifies all post-basic learners (below the tertiary educational level) for the world of work and for further educational advancement. NABTEB’s qualifications are recognised locally and globally for the purpose of employment and admission to tertiary institutions.

NABTEB was established in 1992 to take over the conduct of examinations hitherto conducted by the City and Guild (C&G) of London and Royal Society of Arts (RSA) of London, and the technical and business examinations conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in order to domesticate their examinations and tailor them to address societal needs.

Essentially, while TVET builds skills for work and life, NABTEB assesses and certifies these skills for specific career pathways that lead to engagement in quality self-employment, as high-skilled employees and for admission into tertiary education. NABTEB is key player in the Nigerian educational system and is a leading contributor to the development and implementation of educational policies and strategies at all levels of government, especially in the area of TVET.

Teach A Man To Fish, the UK Registered international organisation, is a global leader in providing school based enterprise and entrepreneurship education to empower young people to succeed in work and life.  Operating in more than 130 countries in South America, Africa and Asia, Teach A Man To Fish enhances the quality and relevance of education, and positively impacts poverty reduction, employment generation, wealth creation and general standard of living. Now in its 12th year, the Education That Pays For Itself international conference is a product of Teach A Man To Fish.

To find out more about the NABTEB National Youth Skills Exhibition, TVET Expo and Conference, please contact the following: Mark Ugwoke (+234 8033781644, +234 8183742525), Adeyemi Brown (+234 8063876913), Ema Ndon (+234 8033750662) or email NABTEB at nabtebhqt@yahoo.com.  For more information about NABTEB, please visit www.nabtebnigeria.org.





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