Nestlé Nigeria has been commended for its commitment to youth empowerment in the country.
According to a statement by Victoria Uwadoka, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs Manager of the firm, made available to this medium recently, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, represented by the Assistant Director, Enterprise Development and Promotion Department of the Ministry, Hamid Nagogo, made the commendation during the celebration of 3rd batch of graduates from Nestle Technical Training Centre, NTTC, Abaji held in Abuja at the weekend
He said, “The Ministry is delighted and proud to see vibrant youth who have gone through the 18-month training process to obtain the City and Guilds certification.
“We particularly commend Nestlé for this laudable initiative on youth empowerment. We trust that the company will continue to partner with the Government to provide more opportunities for skills development to support the acquisition of decent jobs by young people across the country”.
Also speaking, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammed Bello, who was represented by the Director, Human Resources Management, Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Muhammed Bashir, “Technical knowledge and other hands-on skills are essential tools required for the growth and development of any nation.
“I commend Nestlé Nigeria for her efforts in empowering the youth through education and training as this will go a long way to create a skilled workforce that can meet the demands of a rapidly evolving economy”.
Earlier speaking, the Managing Director/CEO, Nestlé Nigeria, Wassim Elhusseini said, “At Nestlé, one of our focus areas is to contribute to the efforts to help young people develop the capabilities and skills they need to participate in growing our economy. The technical training programme prepares youth to access economic opportunities either through employment or the creation of their own enterprise with the acquired skills.
“This is important in view of the statistics showing that over 13.9 million youths are either unemployed, in unstable employment or underemployed.
“I am very happy to announce to you today, that all graduates of this batch have been employed by Nestlé Nigeria! So, you see, this initiative is not only good for the individuals who participate and for their families and communities, but also good for our company; a Win-Win-Win! We are indeed creating shared value.”
In his comments, the Director General, Nigerian Employers Consultative Association, NECA, Wale Oyerinde, said, “NECA and ITF are proud to be collaborating with Nestlé for this skills development programme.
“Celebrating the graduation of the 3rd batch is a major achievement and milestone in solving the challenge of the teeming youth population in the country – youth unemployment.
“Through this training programme, Nestlé is not only filling the pipeline for experienced technicians required in the Industrial sector, but the company is also improving the capacity and ability of the young ones to support their families and communities, creating compounding socioeconomic impact”.
L –R: Ayodele Ayeokere, Factory Manager, Nestlé Abaji Factory, Fridah Muchina, Regional Head of HR, Nestlé Central and West Africa, Mallam Muhammed Bashir, Director, Human Resources Management, Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory representing the Minister of the FCT, Shakiru Lawal, Country HR Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC, Wassim Elhusseini, MD/CEO, Nestlé Nigeria PLC, Hamid Nagogo, Assistant Director, Enterprise Development and Promotion Department, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, representing the Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports Development and Adewale Oyerinde, Director General, Nigerian Employers Consultative Association, NECA.
Speaking to Nestlé Management at the graduation ceremony Precious Iyamu said “The successful completion of the training programme is a huge feat for all of us. This platform is an opportunity that we do not take for granted. We will make you proud”.
“I can confidently tell young people across the country that they should not give up hope, as their dreams and aspirations are attainable if they put in the required work and dedication to prepare themselves to access opportunities when they become available.”, he added.
Precious Iyamu is one of the 20 beneficiaries who were awarded certificates of completion of Nestlé Nigeria’s technical training programme at the Abaji Technical Training Center.
He made his family and friends proud as the best graduating student of Batch 3, achieving 31 distinctions and one merit, in the 32 courses he took in the City and Guilds examinations.
Prior to joining the technical training programme, Precious aspired to further his studies and build a career path in automation and instrumentation.
His dreams came true when he was selected to participate in the Nestlé Technical Training program, out of over 600 applicants. Thanks to this experience, Precious is an employee of Nestlé Nigeria today.
Nestlé Nigeria’s 18-month intensive, Nestlé Technical Training Program was designed to help bridge the technical skills gap by equipping young people with the skills to contribute to the industrial acceleration needed to drive economic development in Nigeria.
Since its inception in 2011, the programme equips participants with machining, mechanical fitting operations, electrical operations, instrumentation operations and automation skills, preparing them for the prestigious London City and Guilds technical certification.
Nestlé Nigeria currently operates three training centers in the country located at her Agbara and Flowergate factories, both in Ogun State and Abaji factory in the Federal Capital Territory.
Over 180 students have benefitted from the program since its inception; 95% of them directly employed by Nestlé Nigeria and 5% with other multinationals. Nestlé remains committed to skilling, reskilling, and upskilling youth as a sure path to a productive future.