Federal Government SkillUp Artisans (SUPA) represents a transformative initiative led by the Federal Government of Nigeria in collaboration with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF).

Federal Government SkillUp Artisans
Federal Government SkillUp Artisans

The SkillUp Africa SUPA training program is designed to empower, train, and certify 10 million young artisans through technology-enabled skills, to foster industry-standard excellence.

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SUPA aligns with global employment shifts driven by technological advancements that have reshaped various industries. The increasing preference for white-collar jobs has led to a shortage of qualified Nigerian artisans, a trend SUPA aims to reverse.

SUPA encompasses a holistic approach aimed at enhancing service quality through the certification and licensing of artisans, thereby fostering the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises.


  • Identify, register, and categorize artisans across various sectors of the economy.
  • Provide comprehensive Industry 4.0 compliant and certified training programs, including health and safety courses, for trades such as carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electrical work, and more.
  • Facilitate artisans’ access to essential tools, equipment, and funding to expand their trades.
  • Ensure Nigerian artisans are certified, licensed, and operate according to standardized methods and practices.
  • Enhance employment opportunities for artisans in both local and international markets.


  • Be a Nigerian citizen.
  • Be willing to acquire one of the skills offered by the program.
  • Be available to participate in the program until its completion.

Benefits of the Skillup SUPA Training Program

  • The SUPA Training Program aims to upskill, license, and empower 10 million artisans in Nigeria.
  • The program provides artisans with full access to essential toolkits, thereby promoting industry-standard excellence.

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