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Nestlé Nigeria Celebrates 3 rd batch of Graduates from her Abaji Technical Training Center

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Precious Iyamu is one of the 20 beneficiaries who were awarded certificates of completion

of Nestlé Nigeria’s technical training program 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


Prior to joining the technical training program, 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 program 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.

Precious told Nestlé Management at the graduation ceremony that, “The successful

completion of the training program 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.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, the MD/CEO, Nestlé Nigeria, Mr 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 program 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.”

Also speaking at the event, the Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports Development,

Mr. Sunday Dare, represented by Mr Hamid Nagogo, Assistant Director, Enterprise

Development and Promotion Department of the Ministry 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”.

According to the Honorable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mr. Muhammed

Bello, who was represented by Mallam Muhammed Bashir, Director, Human Resources

Management, Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory, “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”.

In his comments, Mr. Wale Oyerinde, Director General, Nigerian Employers Consultative

Association (NECA) said, “NECA and ITF are proud to be collaborating with Nestlé for this

skills development program. 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 program, 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”.

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,

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