Nestlé Nigeria partners Swiss Govt on training
The firm said the training is part of efforts to help young people contribute to the technological development of Nigeria, nurture local ability in science and engineering while widening its potential of talent pool.
Speaking at a joint press conference in Abuja recently, Managing Director and Chief Executive, Nestlé Nigeria, Dharnesh Gordhon said the Nestlé technical training programme serves to impact the students with practical engineering knowledge and skills, stressing that students underwent an intensive 18-month theoretical and practical engineering syllabus based on the London City and Guilds curriculum for mechanical and electrical engineering.
He explained that this year’s top five graduating students have the opportunity to follow a three-month internship at Nestlé Product Technology Centre (PTC) in Orbe and at the Nespresso factory, adding that opportunity would expose the students to different areas such as production, quality, engineering and technology which will enhance their skills and broadened their technical expertise.
Gordhon, represented by Head, Human Resources of Nestle Nigeria, Sola Akinyosoye added that the technical training centre is ideally located in the middle of engineering activities at Nestle Agbara factory, noting that the centre is well equipped with modern classrooms, library, computer and technical drawing rooms, state-of-the-art electrical, instrumentation, automation and mechanical workshops.
His words: “Helping young people become better prepared to enter the professional world and to improve their chances in a challenging job market is one of the great public policy issues in Nigeria today. I am pleased to inform you that all students from the first wave found permanent employment and eight of those were employed by Nestlé Nigeria.
“A second wave, finishing in July 2015, will see a further 13 students joining our company. A third wave will start in September 2015 with 20 participants and the largest group since the programme was launched.”
He noted that the initiative is part of Nestlé’s commitment in helping to develop young people’s skills across the world and making them more employable in tackling the global youth unemployment crisis, stressing that the company would establish a similar technical training centre in Central and West Africa Region (Yopougon factory) in Cote d’Ivoire by 2016.