By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
PAN Learning Center (PLC) a subsidiary of PAN Nigeria Ltd has graduated 36 trainees in different trade areas of Motor vehicle maintenance under her Technical Skills Development Program (TSDP) and Modern Auto Maintenance Technology (MAMT).
In her address at the graduation ceremony, the Director-General PAN Learning Centre (PLC) Mrs. Elizabeth Olubukola Mordi said, apart from the practical and theoretical training given to the 36 graduates in Auto Mechanics, Mechatronics and body works, they were equally trained in Information Communication Technology and Defensive Driving Skills.
According to her, “as we celebrate your achievements today, be reminded that apart from your different trades and areas of specializations, all of you have been adequately equipped with the training on Information Computer Technology and Defensive Driving Skills from the PAN Driving School.
“This gives us the assurance that not a single one of you will remain jobless after your graduation. You will become great entrepreneurs and employers of labour that we will begin to read great news about in no distance time” .
She disclosed that “the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and the Nigeria’s Employers Consultative Association (NECA) jointly put this program in place for the development of young crop of Nigerians. The continual commitment of ITF and NECA to this program is quite commendable and has gone a long way to impact technical and vocational skills to Nigerian youths.
Mrs Mordi ITF-NECA and PLC committment is sure step in tackling the threats of unemployment, youth restiveness and other social vices the nation is facing presently.
Earlier in her address, the acting Managing Director of PAN, Ms. Taiwo Oluleye disclosed that the Peugeot Automobile Nigeria will commence two shifts production of vehicle production in the next 6 months, adding that it will lead to employment of more skilled manpower.
She assured that, PAN will soon contribute its own quota to boost the employment of more graduates of the PAN Learning Centre onto its production line, through its planned Graduate-Trainee scheme.
According to her, “In this regard, PAN Learning Centre will continue to give out the best of trainings and skill transfer to enable the trainees begin their own path to self-reliance. In addition to this, very soon, PAN Nigeria Ltd, with onboarding of the new investors and the introduction of the Graduate-Trainee scheme will be able to contribute its own quota to boost the employment of more graduates of PAN Learning Centre onto its production line.
“It is in our plans to commence two shifts of the PAN production line in the next six to eight months. This automatically will lead to more the employment of skilled manpower.”
In his keynote address at the occasion, Director General of ITF, Sir Joseph Ari, said the rate of unemployment in Nigeria, which has led to an increased criminality with varing impacts on Nigeria societies, requires immediate and aggressive solution.
Ari who was represented by the Kaduna Area Manager of ITF, Alhaji Yahaya Mamu however said that, ITF as part of its skills acquisition promotion mandate, has entered into collaborations with various groups and organisations within and outside Nigeria.
“One of such fruitful collaborations is with the umbrella body of the Organised Private Sector (OPS) in Nigeria; the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA). This collaboration gave birth to the Technical Skills Development Project (TSDP), which trainees we are graduating today. Among its many objectives, the Project is aimed at promoting the availability of middle
level manpower with the appropriate Technical and Vocational Skills for the various sectors of the Nigerian economy.” He said.