ILO Wants ECOWAS to Adopt UQF for Employment Creation
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has called on ECOWAS member countries to adopt a unified qualification framework, UQF, as a yardstick to curb unemployment.
The Director, International Labour Organisation (ILO) Mr Dennis Zulu, made the call during a two-day Technical Regional Workshop on National Qualification Frameworks (NQFs) in ECOWAS Region on Monday in Abuja.
Zulu said that adopting the unified framework would create more employment as well as equip workers with both formal and informal skills to enable them work without restrictions in ECOWAS member countries.
He said that it would also facilitate the dialogue between the private sector and training institutions on curriculum upgrade as well as accommodate training students in different vocations while still in school.
According to him, training undergraduates while in school would bypass retraining them by the private institution that requires their services after graduation.
“We have a lot of unemployed people in ECOWAS countries including Nigeria, so we need to be talking to the private sector that states the qualification they need. The private sector need to have input in the curriculum of training institutions that want to train graduates and not the private institutions having to retrain them,’’ Zulu said.
The National Qualification Frameworks (NQFs) is part of a new initiative to strengthen the recognition of skills and qualifications within and between ECOWAS countries, UNESCO and the ECOWAS.
A similar regional workshop on National Certifications/Qualifications Frameworks was held in Dakar in June to highlight the complexity of conducting certification.
Other areas discussed were: system reforms, the necessary combination of technical, conceptual and policy actions and the importance of regional cooperation as a driver of change.