By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN) Learning Center (PLC) was recently approved as a Grade A partner of the Technical Skills Development Project (TSDP) as a result of its commitment and expertise in that field.
MD CEO, Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN), Mr. Ibrahim Boyi expressed this while speaking at the graduation ceremony of TSDP)/Modern Motor Maintenance Technique (MAMT) at the company’s factory in Kaduna on Wednesday.
“PLC was chosen as one of the Grade A partners of TSDP because of its quality of delivery,” he added.
He explained that TSDP was rolled out because of existing manpower gap that existed.
He assured that PLC will sustain the quality.
Boy said that 90 per cent of their trainees have become gainfully employed and sustaining not just themselves or families, but others who they employ.
“Since the setting up of PLC, 1,119 have graduated from here and 90 per cent of them have been gainfully employed, ” he stated.
The PAN CEO said that in furtherance of their commitment to empowering the youth, they made a commitment that when they provide skills, they also provide tools.
“As a result, Shadetree was launched in January and has been successful.
“Based on the scheme, we have gotten partners. Kano State is already running 10 Shadetree outlets to be manned by graduates from PLC.
“We want to run a minimum of six Shadetree outlets nationwide before the year runs out,” he assured.
Speaking further, he said that in ensuring that the trainees excel in their various fields, part of additional training they give to Shadetree trainees is entrepreneurial training.
Still on successes being recorded by PLC, he said that they have successfully emerged winners of a bid for the design and setting up of an automotive training centre in Abuja
“I am glad to announce PLC has been awarded the designing and setting up of the NADDC centre in Abuja. PLC applied alongside others, was shortlisted and awarded to design, build an automotive design centre in Abuja,” he added.
Speaking further, he said that when they train graduands, their aim is to empower them.
” What pleases us is to see that we transform lives. We take these graduands ,we try to impact these life skills into them.
“We also have zero tolerance for indiscipline. We had to dismiss one student from this set trainees for act of dishonesty. It was a difficult decision, but it was one we had to take. It would also serve as a lesson to others,” he disclosed.
Boyi added that PLC and it’s parent body PAN, is also committed to focusing on the alumni.
“We will make sure we build a robust alumni list,” he assured.