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Skills Survey: Report revised February 2013

Current policies for tackling levels of poverty and economic underdevelopment have recognised that governments cannot do everything. New thinking accommodates the role of the private and not for profit sectors in major social change and the role of the citizen in advocacy and co-designing solutions to meet community needs. The Skills Survey was commissioned in support of plans to assist the Government of Nigeria in market developments for which relevant skills will be needed and in the right quantity. The survey deployed quantitative and qualitative techniques administered and facilitated by trained staff in a selection of states in local languages. The results of the survey are presented in this report. In parallel a document review and web searches generated further information to support and complement the survey’s findings. This information included examples of government, international and commercial skills initiatives. The survey was guided by a set of principles related to training and skills development, including:  a learner and market-centred perspective; key partnerships for effective delivery and the essential concepts of return on investment and value for money.  Vocational education and training is re-gaining attention as a vehicle to enhance skills; to create capability and build sector capacity. It is also recognised by some countries as a means of engaging young people through investing in their futures. To do it well involves clear standards, equipping youth with up to date practical and theoretical know how, creativity and entrepreneurship and support; programmes aimed at unlocking potential and involving youth are emerging as new models. In principle respondents believe that men and women are capable of acquiring the same skills set. In practice social attitudes and familiarity create a bias in the market place. This should reduce as high value-added skills become more common in developing sectors: e.g. construction and wholesale/retail food and open up opportunities for women. The World Bank GEMS suite of programmes will be relevant here

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