Anthonia Ehibor is one of the twenty trainees admitted into an 18-month Technical
Training program at Nestlé Nigeria’s newest Technical Training Center (TTC) at the
company’s Flowergate Factory in Ogun State.
Anthonia, an indigene of Edo State with an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in
Engineering from the Federal Polytechnic Auchi, aspires to develop her technical
competence in order to secure a good job in her chosen field. “I need to earn an
income to meet my needs and to support my family,” she said.
Nestlé Technical Training Center, Flowergate is the third facility set up by Nestlé in
the country, in line with her commitment to help young people build the capabilities
and skills they need to contribute towards accelerating industrialization.
The first technical training centre was inaugurated in 2011 at Nestlé’s Agbara factory
in Ogun State and in 2017, opened the second centre in the Abaji factory, in the
Federal Capital Territory to cater for young people in the Northern part of the country.
Trainees participate in an intensive 18-month program 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.
Speaking at the commissioning of the Flowergate TTC, the MD/CEO, Nestlé Nigeria,
Mr Wassim Elhusseini said, “The technical training program is an initiative of our
global flagship program, Nestlé Needs Youth. The program is one of the sustainable
pathways through which we contribute to meeting the technical needs in the industry
while enabling young Nigerians access economic opportunities. Young people have
a key role to play in shaping the future we desire. We are determined to remain at the
forefront of the fight against youth unemployment by helping young people develop
the capabilities and skills they need to contribute towards accelerating the
industrialization we need to grow our economy”.
Participants at the ceremony included parents, the trainees, the Traditional Ruler of
Remoland and community leaders, representatives of the Government of Ogun State,
Industry associations, and program partners including the Switzerland Embassy and
Nigerian Employers Consultative Association (NECA).
The Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof.
Abayomi Arigbagbu said, “The set-up of Nestlé’s third technical training center in the
country and second in Ogun State, attests to her commitment to manpower
development, capacity building and technical skills acquisition, also focus areas for
the Ogun State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. I sincerely appreciate
the company for her investments towards building the competences of young people
over the years and for her support and collaboration on the State Government’s effort
towards improving technical education in the state”.
In his comments, Mr. Wale Oyerinde, Director General, Nigerian Employers
Consultative Association (NECA) said “With the rising unemployment and challenged
educational system, one of the sure paths to rapid national development is Technical
and vocational skills development. We commend Nestlé for her commitment and
massive investment, not only in youth development but also in skills and National
development. This effort is commendable and also worthy of emulation by other
Also speaking at the event, the Ogun State Commissioner for Youth and Sports
Development, Dr Kehinde Oluwadare said, “I congratulate Nestlé Nigeria as she
continues to contribute to the development of young people in Ogun State and the
nation by prioritizing skills development and job creation. I am particularly delighted
that the vision of the company is in tandem with the focus on youth empowerment
by the Prince Dapo Abiodun led Administration”.
HRM, Alaiyeluwa Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi, the Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler
of Remoland said, “We are proud to be associated with Nestlé, particularly on the
commencement of this wonderful initiative. I commend the Management of the
company for investing in technical education of young people, who are the future of
the country. We will make sure the company continues to have the enabling
environment to continue to do good for and within this community”.
Expressing her delight on behalf of the trainees, Anthonia Ehibor, said, “We are
excited to be the pioneer students of Nestlé technical training centre, Flowergate. We
appreciate Nestlé Nigeria for creating this opportunity for us to gain the skills we need
to be future-ready. We look forward to learning, sharing ideas and networking within
the 18 months of the training. You can count on us to put in the hard work and
commitment required to make you and our parents proud”.
Over 160 students have benefitted from the technical training program since its
inception, with 95% of them directly employed by Nestlé Nigeria. Country HR
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