By Dayo Adesulu
Hope of getting employment among the Higher National Diploma (HND) graduates, Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Masters degree holders rose after the Nigerian Bottling Company, NBC Limited churned out 732 graduates at its 25th graduation ceremony of the NBC Technical Training Centre in Lagos.
The Managing Director, NBC, Mr Ben Langat while addressing the audience disclosed that the trained 732 graduates have been gainfully offered employment within and outside the organization.
According to him, since inception, 5,400 participants have completed various short and long term technical programmes at the Technical Training Centre, adding, “about 85 per cent of those offered employment are still working at various levels within the organization.”
He explained that overriding objective of the TTC is to continually train and empower technical personnel in the Company, stressing that the Centre is also open to young Nigerians with an aspiration to build a sound career in the beverage bottling industry.
He averred that the TTC is one of the Nigerian Bottling Company’s commitments to support human capital development, improve productivity and stimulate value-added production capacity that stimulates economic growth. Langat who maintained that NBC is very passionate about our youths, added that those who have gone through their TTC have been exposed to practical world class bottling operations that are second to none.
He said: “In 2013,” trainees at the TTC collaborated with the Lagos State Technical Vocational and Education Board, LASTVEB and fabricated eight traffic lights in Ikeja Local Government.
Pointing out the systematic progress, Langat that in 2014, the TTC in addition to basic technician training, included the training of graduates engineers, management trainees, line managers, quality assurance managers, production managers and plant managers to its curriculum.
In the same year, he disclosed that the Centre upgraded its curriculum to meet the complexity of emerging technology, adding that the minimum requirement for entry was upgraded to HND.