The first set of students from the Guinness Nigeria sponsored Graduate Skills Development Scholarship scheme has passed out in flying colours. The graduates completed a year’s training at the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN).
At their graduation, Corporate Relations Director, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mrs. Viola Graham-Douglas, said the objective of the collaboration with NAPTIN was to provide a pool of resourceful, competent and versatile engineers capable of delivering peerless technical services to further shore up the government’s transformation agenda in the power sector.
She noted that the beneficiaries, having completed all requirements for their training, have remarkably demonstrated high technical and leadership competencies, which are strongly believed will help accelerate their career progression.
Graham-Douglas further commended the graduates for putting in so much hard work 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 speaking at the event, the Human Resources Director, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Bola Olajomi-Otubu, urged the NAPTIN-certified engineers to take advantage of their newly-acquired skills to move their careers forward. She noted that if well utilised, the skills 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.
In his remarks, NAPTIN’s 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,” noting that Guinness Nigeria’s commitment to youth development was commendable as it provided 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 Nigerian 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.