By Juliet Umeh
With the objective of depleting Nigeria’s unemployed population, ICT Infrastructure Solutions Provider, Inlaks, embarked on ATM Academy project in 2016.
The project was its own Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, platform directed at training young Nigerians to acquire the skills of ATM building and maintenance.
The six-month long programme trained technically-inclined graduates; giving them a complete knowledge of the rudiments of an Automated Teller Machine, ATM service for the purpose of building a team of ATM experienced engineers who are well qualified for recruitment within Inlaks, locally and internationally.
The curriculum of the programme also involves customer management, store and inventory management, logistic operation, power system engineering and Printed Circuit Board, PCB, technology.
Having trained about two sets since inception, the third set has just completed the course last February and Inlaks believes it has contributed its own quota in building the Nigerian army of skilled workers.
Inlaks’ MD/CEO Africa Operations, Mr Femi Adeoti, expressed pleasure that the successful completion of ATM Academy 3.0, through a world-class training process has created a new ATM Feeder team that can take the world by storm.
According to Adeoti, the Academy which is free of charge has graduated 57 students with 16 trainees from ATM Academy 3.0 being given an intensive and practical-based ATM training and eventually inducted as ATM Support staff in this leading ICT company.
He added that applicants to the Academy are required to hold an Ordinary National Diploma, OND, in Engineering or Physics as well as ability to scale other assessment stages.
Executive Director, Infrastructure Business at Inlaks, Tope Dare, also described the significance of the program saying: “Unlike most things that can be searched out on the internet, adequate knowledge of Automated Teller Machine services will require a deliberate training to gain the status of an ATM engineer. It is a great opportunity for the selected candidates as the ATM training comes with a job opportunity.
He said: “Inlaks, a partner of Hyosung TNS, a global leader in ATM manufacturing services is known for supplying, installing and maintaining over 6000 ATMs within Nigeria and Africa. It is therefore needful to properly groom a well versed team capable of handling the ever evolving nature of the ATM industry and improve the company’s capacity to service its present and prospective customers.