Oando Marketing boosts skills acquisition with Oleum Academy

  • Graduates 200 Batch II Auto mechatronics-trained technicians

In furtherance of its commitment to consistently improve technical skills amongst auto mechanics, Oando Marketing Plc, leading petroleum Distribution Company in sub-Saharan Africa, recently graduated its second stream of 200 mechanics from its Oleum Academy, in continuation of its training programme aimed at harnessing the potentials of auto-mechanics in Nigeria. The graduants who cut across diverse backgrounds, were awarded the Oleum Academy certificates accredited by the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

This programme, designed to support the diversification of the economy, breed self-reliance and entrepreneurship amongst technically-oriented individuals, is in its second year, after having successfully graduated 100 auto-mechanics in its first stream.

The participants, who undergo a highly rigorous selection process are admitted into the 3-month training programme and are exposed to a well-designed training curriculum developed in partnership with Automedics as facilitators; a well-renowned auto-mobile company with a mechatronics training arm. The syllabus combines classroom and onsite training methods, with special emphasis on auto diagnosis and repair, usage of modern diagnostic tools, mechatronics, and advanced training in automotive electrical systems, lubrication knowledge and application.

Speaking at the event, the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Oando Marketing Plc, Mrs. OlaposiWilliams said the initiative was part of the company’s Corporate Social responsibility (CSR) to bridge the skills gap in the nation, focusing on the automotive industry whilst improving theirsocial status and relevance in their communities. “We understand the importance of professionalism as well as expertise and believe it can be adopted by others through training and skills upgrade. This initiative equips them with internationally-recognized technical and life skills for their benefit and that of the nation as well.”“As the automobile industry constantly advances, and the demand for efficiency, expertise and customer experience increases, there is a need for mechanics to upgrade their skills and keep abreast on industry trends and the ever-changing consumer market space.

To empower the mechanics, a platform was created to build constructive and rewarding engagement with the lubricants consumer market and the Oleum brand, a Mechanic Oleum Reseller Enterprise (M.O.R.E) initiative was also inaugurated; designed to enhance the entrepreneurial skills of the mechanics and support their skills by providing easier and more affordable channels to access the Oleum lubricant.

One of the beneficiaries, Opeyemi Bello thanked Oando Marketing PLC for the opportunity to be able to improve his skills and expand his technical knowledge. He said “this has opened my eyes to a lot of things, now I can work on different cars and models and give the right solutions to my customers. With the M.O.R.E program, I can also make more money by selling the Oleum lubricant. I am so glad that I was a part of this; I have learnt alot.”

Aside the over 1,000 onsite trainings organized by the Oando Marketing across Nigeria, an additional 250auto-mechanics have been trained in the Oleum Academy. Amongst these are 20 female mechanics who also graduated from the Oleum academy.

The CEO, Oando Marketing, Abayomi Awobokun spoke on the influence of skills development on national growth and security. He said, “Safety is key in this industry; it’s not just about auto-care repairs or mechatronics, lives are involved. Optimal services can only be provided by professional hands, which is guaranteed throughappropriate training and human development. The Oleum Academy is one of the initiatives we have designed to provide such solutions and give back to the society. So far, we have trained 300 mechanics; our goal is to train 5000.”

Following the graduation ceremony, the Oleum Academy alumni received auto-diagnostic starter packs, and other work tools to support their trade practice.

The initiative which commenced in Lagos, will be replicated across other states of the Federation. The subsequent batch of trainees will be admitted in the second quarter of 2016, as the initiative is targeted at training 5000 mechanics in Nigeria.

Especially, now that the Nigerian government has encouraged the growth of skills acquisition and training with initiatives such as the Industrial Training Fund, it behooves on the private sector to support this initiative through a systematic and deliberate training necessary to combat sub-standard products and service delivery; keeping professionals’ up-to date with the development in their automotive sector, of which Oando Marketing is blazing the trail.