* As another 100 begin training in Dangote academy
By Codratus Godson
Youths trained at the Dangote Academy are easily absorbed into Dangote plants and other manufacturing plants in Nigeria due to their unique skills.
This is as another batch of 100 Nigerians have resumed training at the Junoir Technicians Scheme (JTS) of batch 3 and 4 of the Dangote Academy.
Speaking during the inauguration, Davikumar Victor G. Edwin, the GED Business Development Portfolio disclosed that the Junoir Technicians Scheme ( JTS ) batches 3 and 4 is made up of 100 Nigerians who are about to begin their journey towards the acquisition of technical skills and leadership ability which are means of capacity development and empowerment.
He added that they would also during the training acquire enterprneurial skills which he said would place them far above their mates.
Edwin also disclosed that JTS is one of the programmes run by Dangote Academy for a period of 18 month, adding that members of the first set that was admitted in 2014 are now working in different units in Dangote Group of Companies while few others are working in other manufacturing Plants across Nigeria.
He recalled that the Dangote Academy was established in 2010 to serve as talent pipeline for the Dangote Group and to fill in the gap of industrial skills gaps in the country, adding that this was in recognition of the fact that the Group and most industries across the country cannot solely rely on universities and colleges of technology to provide the specialised technical and managerial training require to run major (modern) industrial factory such as Dangote. He said this is so because of the large number of personnel they require to run their operations all over the country and outside Nigeria.
He said “Therefore, it is expected that at the end of the 18 month training programme, these 100 young Nigerian being admitted today will become master-technicians in any one or more of the following areas, Electrical Installation and Maintenance, Welding and Fabrication, Machining and Fitting, Mechanical Maintenance, Automobile Maintenance and Instrumentation. All of these are critical skills areas for the development of any community or nation
He urged the 50 beneficiaries drawn from host communities of Obajana and Ibese to do their best and excel in their training so that the goals of the initiative would be realized, adding that they were looking forward to replicating this initiative.
He maintained that Dangote Group believes strongly in human capacity development, hence this massive investment in both physical infrastructure and human capacity development training programme which he said was not limited to Engineering. It covers other endavours. “The Academy has equally trained about 10,000 employees in 2017.
Edwin also revealed that Dangote Academy is the training hub that serves their expansive business acquisitions and operation within and outside Nigeria, stressing that it was expected to serve the capacity development needs of some other African I’d igneous industries and multinationals.
He equally enlisted the Germans Association of Equipment Manufacturers, whose team is represented by Haute Kayoode and Joachin Kuhnrich , National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) for the approval and registration of their agreements on Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) for the registration and accreditation of Dangote Academy programmes
It was gathered that Dangote is in discussions with Vocational Education and Training Authority of Tanzania for the training of technicians to support African operations especially in Tanzania. The training is free.