The Federal Government and Government of Gombe State have partnered to commence empowerment of 144 artisans in the state.
The empowerment which was declared open on Monday was coordinated through the Innovation Development and Effectiveness in the Acquisition of Skills (IDEAS) project.
Aminu Shehu, the IDEAS Project Coordinator in Gombe said the 144 beneficiaries were drawn from the 11 Local Government Areas of the state for the first batch of the project.
He added that they would also undergo training in five different trades while targeting 10,000 participants for the whole project.
Shehu explained that the project was in partnership with the FG through the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).
He added that the project aims to "improve skills acquisition using a comprehensive approach and addressing key aspects of the skills development delivery system."
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of the NTBE, Professor Idris Muhammad Bugaje commended the Gombe State Government for its commitment to enhancing skills of youths in the state.
Bugaje who was represented by the Director of Human Resource, Lawal Hafiz said: "Gombe is the first state in Nigeria to benefit from this project.
"I appreciate the government of Gombe state for the commitment shown in attracting this project to the state, and for the efforts being made in improving the skills of the young people in the state.
"The objective of this project is to upskill your competencies.
"We recognise that you have apprentices under you and we believe this project will upgrade your capacity to deliver in your respective trades in a more advanced way because you will acquire new methodologies in your deliveries."
Also speaking while declaring open the training, the State Commissioner of Education, Aishatu Umar Maigari noted the significance of the training, adding that it would upskill them for opportunities at the Muhammadu Buhari Industrial Park.
She said: "The provision of these valuable skills at no cost underscores the state's resolve to empowering its young people to meet the workforce needs of the Muhammadu Buhari Industrial Park in line with the desire of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.
"I therefore urge you to realize the value of this training considering that, until now, acquiring these skills often required traveling to Lagos and incurring substantial expenses."
She further appreciated the NBTE for selecting Gombe as its pilot location while assuring of the state government's commitment to continuous partnership for the benefit of the youths in the state.