Improving the Informal Training Model of Construction Tradesmen in Nigeria

Oni Oluwole Joseph


The informal training model of construction tradesmen in Nigeria is performing poorly. This has resulted in the shortages of operatives needed for construction works and slowed down infrastructure delivery. The present stock of tradesmen is largely ageing  and have no new apprentices to mentor. Consequently, knowledge transfer is made difficult and this poses a great danger of extinction of the informal training and and the supply operatives needed for construction. This study therefore reviews the current state of the informal training model and analyses data from key stakeholders on the appropriate approaches for resolving the current challenges. The study recommends inter alia reforms in youth development policies, government interventions in skills acquisition, improved funding of informal training, re-orientation of youths on the dignity of labour, provision of incentives to attract youths and effective regulatory mechanism.



Informal training model, Construction, Tradesmen, Nigeria, Improvement, approaches

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