By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN) Learning Centre (PLC) is gearing up to commence running of degree programmes.
MD/CEO PAN, Mr. Ibrahim Boyi stated this during the graduation of 78 trainees of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Technical Skills Acquisition Programme (TSAP) at the company’s premises on Tuesday.
“PLC is also conscious to provide opportunity for those of you that want to further your education.
“Very soon PLC will be offering courses with higher certificates, with partnership with NADDC some of you might have to come back here to acquire degrees,” he said.
He said that there is 45,000 capacity job gaps in the automobile market in Nigeria, requiring to be filled by competent trainees like those of TSAP.
“There is 45,000 job gaps. If you are committed, you will either get self employed or gain employment. Most mechanics now lack knowledge of standard method and fault finding.
“Most of them use trial and error method, but you will use standard method. They also use improper tools, but you will use good tools.
“They have no consciousness of environmental standard, but you have been trained to remove oil without polluting environment.
“These are the findings of NADDC the idea is to generate mechanics like you, to close that gap. Like the UN rep said, you need to set up small groups,” he added.
PAN MD while congratulating the graduands on the quality of skills they have acquired, said that out of 80 that started, only 78 are graduating.
“One dropped off for disciplinary actions and another got an offer to further his education, so he left.
“For you, this is a unique opportunity. Out of the 750 that UNDP identified, you are among the chosen few. It is a unique opportunity you go,” he said.
Boyi said that based on a survey conducted, there is a huge gap in terms of knowledge of mechanics in Nigeria and the knowledge required.
“You are not just there to serve customers, but to train others as well. You should make sure you impact your family and society.
“In terms of certification, those each one you have received can put food on your tables. You can work anywhere in the world that is the beauty of City and Guilds certificate,” he informed the graduands.
Speaking further, he said that PLC has become a reputable institution for work skills development programmes.
He said that the programme is well structured and much targeted.
“We will try to assess the impact of the programmes in your communities.
” PLC has a record of its trainees and monitoring them. We don’t just train people, but ensure they are successful in life.
“We extend our appreciation to UNDP,, the Norwegian govt and other partners.
“I appeal to UNDP to expand this programme to SHADE Tree,” he concluded.