Information and Communication Technology for Entrepreneurship Skills Development in Woodwork Trade in Technical Schools in Nigeria

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International Journal of Research and Scientific Innovation (IJRSI) | Volume VII, Issue IV, April 2020 | ISSN 2321–2705

Information and Communication Technology for Entrepreneurship Skills Development in Woodwork Trade in Technical Schools in Nigeria

Bala Maik Mohammed*, Kareem Bamidele Wahab, Abdullahi Mohammed Hassan, Franka Chinenye Nwankwo
Department of Industrial and Technology Education, School of Science and Technology Education, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria
*Corresponding author

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Abstract – The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has continue to gain momentum within framework of potential efforts and strategies to boost all faucets of human endeavour among which is acquisition of skills in Entrepreneurship and Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for employment and job creation. Regrettably, many technical college graduate entrepreneurs do not achieve optimal success in their businesses due to poor skills in entrepreneurship, technical and computer soft skills required for success in the occupation. Consequently, woodwork entrepreneurs faced huge financial burden resulting from lack of stable income. This situation neither empowers them to manage their problems nor to provide the quality services needed for economic growth. This paper targeted the technical college students studying the woodwork trade in Nigeria. The paper identified needed skills in the areas of woodworking occupations, entrepreneurship and the use of computer in modern day woodworking. Strategies for integrating Information and Communication Technology skills with entrepreneurial and technical skills in woodworking needed for adjustment and successful entrepreneurship were discussed. The paper provides some important basic information that can inspire the technical college graduate entrepreneur into a successful entrepreneurship. The paper also made laudable recommendations.
Key words: Entrepreneurship, Woodwork, TVET, Soft-skills.

I. INTRODUCTION

Entrepreneurial education as seen today is the framework of all business efforts. Nafukho (2002) stated that entrepreneurship education is a catalyst for business formation. Entrepreneurial education according to Nelson (2006), refers to competency based education capable of satisfying the needs of the individual and that of the economy. A quality TVET programme plays an essential role in promoting a country’s economic growth, contributing to poverty reduction as well as ensuring the social and economic inclusion of marginalized communities (UNESCO 2013).