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The ITF-NECA Technical Skills Development Project is a joint initiative designed to promote the training and development of technically skilled manpower with appropriate Technical and Vocational Skills to meet the identified maintenance needs of industries.

Industrial Training Fund (ITF)

The Industrial Training Fund was established in 1971 under Decree 47 of 1971 (as amended by ACT, 2011) to:

  • provide, promote and encourage the acquisition of skills in industry and commerce with a view to generating a pool of indigenous trained manpower sufficient to meet the needs of the private and public sectors of the economy;
  • provide training for skills in management for technical and entrepreneurial development in the public and private sectors of the economy;
  • set training standards in all sectors of the economy and monitor adherence; and
    evaluate and certify vocational skills acquired by apprentices, craftsmen and technicians in collaboration with relevant organisations.

The Decree (now Act) stipulates two sources of funding; which are:

  • Subventions from the Federal Government; and
  • Training Contributions amounting to 1% of the Pay Roll of employers that have 5 workers and above or less than 5 employees but with a turnover of N50m and above per annum.

Consequently, the Fund has had to depend mainly on the revenue from contributing employers whose membership is largely under NECA and within the OPS since its inception.

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The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association is the umbrella organisation of employers in the Organised Private Sector (OPS) of Nigeria.

It was established in 1957 to provide the forum for the government to consult with private sector employers on socio-economic labour policy issues.

NECA, thus, provides a platform for private sector employers to interact with government, labour, communities and other relevant organisations, in and outside Nigeria, for the purpose of promoting harmonious business environment that will engender productivity and prosperity for the benefit of all.

The Strategic Objectives of NECA includes the promotion of sustainable enterprise and economic development through capacity building and empowerment programmes.

TSDP MISSION: To promote Technical and Vocational Education and Training through a Public-Private Partnership for the purpose of ensuring availability of highly skilled technical manpower for the industrial sector of the Nigerian economy.

NECA Milestones

As a forward thinking association, we rethink and rebuild processes for greater efficiency and benefit of our members resulting in tremendous growth in key indicators as shown here. NECA is growing in leaps and bounds. Join us now!






Sectoral Groups


For over 60 years NECA has been the voice of business on varied and diverse issues aimed at improving the environment for enterprises to survive and flourish. Our membership cuts across all sectors of the economy and all sizes of businesses from micro to conglomerate.
The most successful brand are those who approach learning and development as a business strategy. Untrained staff can drain management resources and distract your best people from urgent and important tasks. Therefore training is imperative.

Head Office

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Central Business District Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos

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