NBC reiterates brand commitment, capacity development
As part of efforts to develop its brand purpose, the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Ltd., has graduated 132 engineers from its Supply Chain Academy. The training is a strategic way of creating and distinguishing the company’s process, engineering packaging, image, marketing communication, products and services from competitors.
Inaugurated in 1996, the Academy has provided a pool of resourceful and high-demand skills for the company. In over two decades of existence, the Academy has grown to graduate over 1,000 students, while offering them jobs within NBC. It has also facilitated the training of 5,401 personnel in both short and long term courses.
It has equally trained requisite skill for company’s operation, as well as show that it is a future-focused company committed to driving growth in the manufacturing industry and personnel development.
This year’s training comprised an additional curriculum of end-to-end supply chain capabilities such as procurement, logistics, quality and planning.
Speaking at the 26th graduation ceremony of the Academy, Managing Director of NBC, Matthieu Seguin, said: “As a responsible business, we share in the commitment of the Federal Government’s goal to lift people out of poverty by creating employment opportunities. We believe that this commitment to job creation is critical, particularly for our mostly youthful population. We understand that the government alone cannot fulfil this social mandate.”
Commending the initiative, Lagos State Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Olusegun Dawodu, said: “This investment comes at a very good time when Nigerian youths are going through various challenges in the country, especially with unemployment. It is not only training, but also employing them and this must be commended.”
The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Folashade Adefisayo, lauded the company’s efforts, stating: “For us, at the ministry, we are trying to ensure that we have many institutions that offer technical education, hence we are thrilled with NBC’s efforts. NBC is providing this opportunity for young people to not only gain technical skills for employability but also training them in soft skills which are important in this day and age.”
This year’s graduands were recruited from a total of 10 polytechnics across the country last year, just when the world was recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. All 132 of them have been in the classroom between that time and now, with extensive paid on-the-job experience, working at its facility in Ikeja Plant.