Centre for Entrepreneurship Development and Vocational Studies was established in 2010 in line with the mandate given to the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) that all students of Polytechnics and Monotechnics in Nigeria must offer courses in Entrepreneurship education so that they can possess the ability to start their own business and consequently become employer of labour. This mandate is traceable to the determination of the Federal Government in reducing graduate unemployment in Nigeria.
On 1st July, 2010, The Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti constituted a fourteen member (14) committee for the Centre and this includes a Director, four Deputy Directors and nine other members. The Centre was subdivided into four units namely;
(i) Enterprise Development
(ii) Academic Programme
(iii) Work Study Scheme and
(iv) Skill Acquisition.
Each of these subdivisions is headed by a Deputy Director. At present, the Enterprise Development, Skill Acquisition and the Academic Programme units are operational and overseeing the activities of the enterprises developed from the various skills and the entrepreneurship courses respectively. However, efforts have reached advanced stage to start the work study scheme. The work study scheme is expected to provide the necessary manpower for the production outlets that were already established within the Polytechnic and also to keep the students busy and away from mischief.