Nestlé Commissions Technical Training Facility in Ogun State to Curb Youth Unemployment

Nestlé Nigeria Plc. has commissioned its third technical training facility at its Flowergate Factory in Ogun State to enhance the capabilities, skills and competence of young people in the country towards accelerating industrialisation for economic growth.

The first two facilities are in Agbara, Ogun State, and Abaji in Abuja FCT, which have greatly empowered Nigerian youths who aspire to technical competence to end unemployment in the country.

The trainees will participate in an intensive 18-month programme, which builds their competence in machining, mechanical fitting operations, electrical operations, instrumentation operations and automation, culminating in the prestigious London City and Guilds technical certification examination.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, of Nestlé Nigeria, Mr Wassim Elhusseini, said this intervention is the company’s affirmation of its commitment to help young people build the capabilities and skills they need to contribute towards accelerating industrialisation for economic growth. He said the technical training programme is one of the sustainable pathways through which the company contributes to meeting the technical needs of the industry while enabling young Nigerians to access economic opportunities.

According to him, young people have a key role to play in shaping the future, which is why the company is determined to remain at the forefront of the fight against youth unemployment.

The Country Human Resources Manager, Nestlé Nigeria Plc, Shakiru Lawal, announced the resumption of 50 new students across the three training centres at Agbara, Abaji and Flowergate in the past week.

Also speaking, the Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbagbu said the set-up of Nestlé’s third technical training centre in the country and in Ogun State, attests to its commitment to manpower development, capacity building and technical skills acquisition.

He commended the company for its investments towards building the competencies of young people over the years and for its support and collaboration on the government’s effort towards improving technical education in the state.

The Director General, of the Nigerian Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), Adewale Oyerinde, said with the rising unemployment and challenged educational system, one of the sure paths to rapid national development is technical and vocational skills development. He commended Nestlé for its commitment and massive investment, not only in youth development but also in skills and national development, adding that this effort is worthy of emulation by other companies.

The Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remoland, Alaiyeluwa Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi, said the community is proud to be associated with Nestlé, particularly on the commencement of this initiative. He also commended the management of the company for investing in the technical education of young people, who are the future of the country. He assured that the community will ensure the company continues to have the enabling environment to do good for and within this community.

Silas Ugochi

Silas Ugochi is a Staff Writer and Content Creator at GetFundedAfrica. Ugochi is an educated content writer who relishes using her skills to help GetFundedAfrica's Media Team achieve the goal of sharing the success stories of African entrepreneurs. When she isn't writing articles, she can be found listening to music, reading, or DJing.

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