Guinness Nigeria has organised a graduation for pioneer beneficiaries of the company’s Graduate Skills Development Scholarship.
The first set of Guinness-sponsored engineers completed a one year training at the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria.
The Guinness Graduate Skills Development Scholarship provides an opportunity for young engineering graduates to undergo a one-year training at the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria. Upon completion of the programme, graduates gain valuable skills they need to work for organisations that manage power generation, transmission and distribution.
Speaking at the event, Corporate Relations Director, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Viola Graham-Douglas, said: “The objective of our collaboration with NAPTIN is to provide a pool of resourceful, competent and versatile engineers who can deliver peerless technical services to further shore up the government’s transformation agenda in the power sector”. She noted that the graduands, having scaled all hurdles in the course of their training, have remarkably demonstrated high technical and leadership competencies, which “we strongly believe, will help accelerate their career progression.”
Graham-Douglas further commended all the beneficiaries for putting in so much hardwork to earn their certification. “You scaled through the competitive selection process for the scholarship; you excelled in the class-based component of the training and you successfully fulfilled the requirements of the job placement programme. Indeed, you should all be proud of your achievements,” she said.
Also, the Human Resources Director, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Bola Olajomi-Otubu, urged all the NAPTIN-certified engineers to take good advantage of their newly-acquired skills to propel their careers.
She noted that if well-utilised, the skills they have gained can enhance their technical know-how, improve productivity, and ultimately induce value-added production capacity. She enjoined all the beneficiaries to take advantage of this knowledge transfer and be the best that they can be.
NAPTIN Acting Director-General, Mr Ahmed Bolaji Nagode, said: “The participation of Guinness Nigeria Plc is very noteworthy because the organisation is not a core player in the power business ecosystem”. He further noted that Guinness Nigeria’s commitment to youth development is commendable as it provides an example worthy of emulation by other non-core power sector players.’’
The Graduate Skills Development Programme is one of three scholarship programmes Guinness Nigeria leverages to equip youths with the skills they need to build successful careers and enhance their livelihoods.
Others include: Guinness Nigeria’s technical training scholarship, which offers young school leavers a unique opportunity to study at the prestigious Institute for Industrial Technology (IIT), and an undergraduate scholarship scheme, which supports undergraduates from Guinness Nigeria’s host communities studying in tertiary institutions.