TechInAfrica – Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) in partnership with SAP Nigeria offer a training program in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for Nigerian graduates. The program aims at preparing young Nigerian graduates for the changing tech-enabled workplace and gives them industry exposure.
Ten existing participants from business and information technology disciplines have just completed their one-year digital training and certification in financial accounting and project management. The closing ceremony was held in Lagos about two weeks ago.
SNEPCo’s Managing Director, Bayo Ojulari said that SNEPCo and its subsidiaries are key players in digitalization. He emphasized, “Shell’s strategy is to be a leading player in digitalization. We are a pioneer in the development and deployment of many digital technologies, and we use advanced IT infrastructure in innovative ways.”
The ICT training initiative started last year and was designed to increase the employment number of young Nigerian graduates in IT and Business.
Olawuyi Olanrewaju, the Nigerian Content Development Manager of Shell Petroleum Development Company, explained about the collaborative initiative, “Shell Nigeria partnered with SAP to deploy the program in Nigeria and the initial partnership featured 22 young Nigerians, 10 of which were deployed in Shell Nigeria companies. SAP affirms that globally, 99% of the trainees have been able to find employment after graduation. For the 10 graduates deployed this cycle, five are already at the recruitment stages of different organizations. These speak to the quality of the training provided by SAP.”
SAP Nigeria provides the training facilities to selected participants. The certification training itself worth US$25,000 per student and is part of SAP Skills for Africa program. The program was launched in 2018 and is running in 22 countries. To date, the program has produced over 22,000 participants.
For over eight years Shell companies in Nigeria have awarded over 5,000 university and graduate educational grants as part of their human capacity development. The grants programs include the Shell Niger Post Graduate Scholarship program that has given benefit to over 70 Niger Delta indigenous.