NBTE introduces mandatory skills qualification for polytechnic graduates

NBTE introduces mandatory skills qualification for polytechnic graduates

The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has introduced the Mandatory Skills Qualification (MSQ) as a graduation requirement for all newly reviewed National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) curricula.

The Board said it introduced MSQ in line with global trends, noting that skill acquisition is now central to the training of young Nigerians in polytechnics.

A statement by the Board’s Head of Media, over the weekend, Hajiya Fatimah Abubakar, said diploma holders will graduate with a National Skills Qualification (NSQ) or its equivalent, as an additional certification, adding that MSQ is now a requirement for all diploma programs and must be attained before graduation.

“This dual certification is expected to significantly enhance employability. However, NBTE is aware of the limited skills training facilities in our polytechnics and is therefore allowing a phased introduction.

“The guideline provides polytechnic administrators with methods for implementing this new provision. Quality assurance is crucial in ensuring the effectiveness and relevance of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs. Assessors play a vital role in this process, evaluating the quality of education and training provided in various technical and vocational fields.

“Their role include assessing standards, learning outcomes, and the overall performance of Skills Development Centres (SDCs) in polytechnics and other TVET institutions. Under the MSQ, HND level students who have acquired NSQ at the ND level can enrol in Quality Assurance Assessor (QAA) training as an alternative to another NSQ. The QAA certificate will be valuable in the workplace, as many industries require on-the-job training.”

The Board said that Nigeria’s technical manpower situation is characterized by several challenges, including skill shortages, a mismatch between industry needs and training, and a lack of synergy between industry, government agencies, and TVET institutions.

NBTE said the dual certification opens doors to career advancement opportunities, providing a strong foundation for upward mobility and career growth.

Overall, dual certification offers a competitive edge in the job market, enhances career prospects, and equips individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in their chosen fields.

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