Bottling firm academy graduates over 100 students – TrendyNewsReporters

Bottling firm academy graduates over 100 students


The Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd., a member of the Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, and strategic bottling partner of The Coca-Cola Company has celebrated the graduation of 132 engineers from the Company’s Supply Chain Academy.

The ceremony, which held at the NBC Ikeja Plant and had in attendance executives from the Coca-Cola company as well as key government and community stakeholders, came on the heels of the successful completion of an intensive two-year training course aimed at providing aspiring engineers with vital skills to thrive in the larger supply chain industry.

Inaugurated in 1996, the Supply Chain Academy was conceived by the NBC as an investment in skills development targeted at providing a pool of resourceful and competent engineers with high-demand technical skills. The training is carried out by the NBC across all its manufacturing plants to empower technical personnel within the company and is also open to young professionals nationwide who aspire to build a career in manufacturing.

Speaking at the 26th graduation ceremony of the Academy on Wednesday, the Managing Director of the NBC, Matthieu Seguin, said, “As a responsible business, we share in the commitment of the Federal Government’s goal to lift people out of poverty by creating employment opportunities. We believe that this commitment to job creation is critical, particularly for our mostly youthful population. We understand that the Government alone cannot fulfil this social mandate; this is why the Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd has been using this arm of our establishment to recruit, train, and retain young technical trainees from across Nigeria.”

The Lagos State Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Olusegun Dawodu, while commending the NBC for the initiative, said, “I appreciate the NBC’s efforts in investing in young people. This investment comes at a very good time when Nigerian youths are going through various challenges in the country, especially with unemployment. The NBC is not only training but also employing them and this must be commended.”

Earlier in her remark, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Folashade Adefisayo, lauded the NBC’s efforts, saying, “For us, at the ministry, we are trying to ensure that we have many institutions that offer technical education, hence, we are thrilled with the NBC’s efforts. The NBC is providing this opportunity for young people to not only gain technical skills for employability but also training them in soft skills which are important in this day and age.”

The Supply Chain Academy, formerly known as the Technical Training Centre, was initiated in 1996 and at that time, recruited secondary school leavers for a four-year program. The Institute has gone further to facilitate the training of Graduate Engineers, Management Trainees, Line Managers, Quality Assurance Managers, Production Managers, and Plant Managers. This year’s training comprised an additional curriculum of end-to-end supply chain capabilities such as procurement, logistics, quality, and planning.

Today’s Graduands were recruited from a total of ten polytechnics in the year 2021, just when the country was trying to recover from the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. All 132 of them have been in the classroom between that time and now, with extensive paid on-the-job experience, working at NBC’s facility in Ikeja Plant.


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