Julius Berger Nigeria Plc has again embarked on a pioneering practical effort to fill a latent skills gap in the country’s industry. The company, historically renowned for its remarkable technical solutions to the toughest engineering challenges, has commissioned and launched a plant and equipment academy at its plant in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The general manager of the company, Ing. Dr. Lars Richter, who due to competing business commitments was inevitably out of jurisdiction, was ably represented by the company’s Executive Director of Administration, Alhaji Zubairu Ibrahim Bayi, who officially opened the Julius Berger Academy Plant and Equipment last Friday. Alhaji Bayi, however, sent the very warm congratulations of the CEO and the general management to the participants in the ceremony.
Alhaji Bayi, in his remarks, put the emergence of the new Academy into context when he said, “We are gathered here to launch another key milestone in our company’s corporate social responsibility milestones, the launch and the inauguration of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc plant and equipment. Academy.” Bayi recalled Julius Berger’s proactive commitment to his corporate social responsibilities with due regard to the company’s operational hosts and stakeholders in general. He highlighted the fact that the “Roll-Back -Malaria,” the company’s ongoing “Food for our Communities” campaign, along with its educational, medical, and other miscellaneous Covid-19 palliative donations, remain intentionally directed to meet the company’s commitment to driving a human interface sustainable and compassionate with Nigerian society.
According to Bayi, deriving from the same development approach, the idea, conceptualization, launch and implementation of the Julius Berger Plant and Equipment Academy is a proud extension of the company’s CSR strategy aimed at giving more means to the healthy and vibrant young population of the country with more employability and productive technical skills for reliable and expanded industrial development and nation building. It is therefore the company’s fitting and hopeful vision that the Academy be “a leading institution in technical training, Julius Berger’s funnel for dynamic, highly skilled and resourceful technicians to meet the needs of business and industry in general.
Julius Berger’s strategic partner for the Academy is the Mechatronic School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering for the Armed Forces (AFEME). It is a technical training institute fully registered with Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). AFEME is operated by the Nigerian Army in conjunction with the German Technical Advisory Group. The objective of the partnership is to have AFEME provide all the theoretical aspects of the Academy program while JBN handles the practical side of the program. The collaborative effort is free for trainees who will attend the JBN Plant and Equipment Academy. AFEME will also involve trainees from its institution in hands-on learning sessions within the JBN workshops.
Bayi highlighted the substantive and key interventionist goals of the JBN Plant and Equipment Academy, saying the institution is one of those corporate policy plugins created to meet short-term and long-term human resource needs, especially in the technical field. The academy, he added, was designed to train skilled technicians with the technical skills to bring exceptional value to their work. Skills cover a range of different engineering components (mechanical and electrical). The Academy will be coordinated by Julius Berger’s Plants and Equipment department in conjunction with the company’s Human Resources department to develop technical employees who will be ready to seize the next available opportunity in their career. The first edition of the Academy will focus on combustion engines and transmissions.
On the operational level, the Mechatronics School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering of the Armed Forces (AFEME) will provide theoretical training for personnel while the Julius Berger Academy will provide practical laboratory courses. The first batch of the program, which has started, will last 26 weeks (Thursday for theoretical courses and Saturday for practical courses). Theoretical and practical courses will take place at the AFEME mechatronics school and at the JBN plant and equipment repair center and workshop.
Upon completion of the training program, certificates of qualification will be issued to trainees who successfully complete any of the development areas. The certificates should fall into two categories, namely the Main Technical Certificate, which should be issued on the basis of successful completion of the practical aspect of the development area; and Certificate of Competence, which must be issued on the basis of successful completion of the theoretical aspect of the development area. Both certificates should be issued to trainees based on successful completion of their courses and this should be determined by the final post-learning assessment and the ability to score above the pass criterion.
Concluding the discussions at the launch of the academy, Alhaji Bayi, on behalf of the Managing Director and the Executive Management, wished the management of the new training center a successful implementation of the vision that founded the Julius Berger Plant and Equipment Academy.
Bayi also encouraged the pioneer trainees of the academy who were present at the ceremony to take full advantage of their career development programs at the institution and successfully seize the opportunity the company offers them at zero cost. for trainees. Their training at the academy, Bayi said, represents another of Julius Berger’s protracted investments in contributing to the country’s practical industrial success and progress. “Achieving your education should therefore be seen as a desirable endeavor as well as a patriotic vocation,” Bayi added.