Nestlé Nigeria is committed to reducing the technical skills gap in Nigeria by training young people to acquire the necessary skills to contribute to the country’s economic growth, according to the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Wassim Elhusseini. Speaking at the third graduation ceremony of the Nestlé Technical Training Programme in Abaji, Abuja, Elhusseini emphasized Nestlé’s focus on supporting young people to acquire the capabilities and skills they need to participate in Nigeria’s economy.
The technical training program provides young people with economic opportunities either through employment or creating their enterprises with the acquired skills, helping to address the high unemployment rate of over 13.9 million youths in Nigeria. The initiative is a win-win for both the individuals who participate and Nestlé Nigeria, which benefits from the skills of the graduates.
The 18-month intensive programme provides participants with skills in machining, mechanical fitting operations, electrical operations, instrumentation operations, and automation skills, preparing them for the prestigious London City and Guilds technical certification.
All graduates of this batch have been employed by Nestlé Nigeria, according to Elhusseini. Precious Iyamu, one of the 20 beneficiaries who received certificates of completion, expressed gratitude for the opportunity and promised to make Nestlé Nigeria proud. The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, represented by Hamid Nagogo, urged Nestlé to continue partnering with the government to provide more opportunities for skills development for Nigerian youth.
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammed Bello, represented by Muhammed Bashir, praised Nestlé’s efforts in empowering the youth through education and training, stating that technical knowledge and other hands-on skills are crucial for any nation’s growth and development.