Total Empowers Youths in Delta, Kaduna
As part of its goals to address local and economic development in its host communities, Total Nigeria Plc has empowered graduates of its Skills Acquisition Programme (SAP) in Delta and Kaduna States with starter packs to create opportunities and wealth.
The Skills Acquisition Programme is a sustainable youth development scheme designed to address one of the company’s focal corporate social responsibility pillars, Local and Economic Development. Under the program, less privileged youths of host communities are trained in vocations of their choice which include but not limited to Welding & Fabrication, Furniture Making, Fashion & Designing, Computer Studies, Hair and Beauty Art and Fish/Crop farming.
Speaking at the graduation ceremonies in Delta and Kaduna respectively, Managing Director, Jean-Phillippe Torres urged the graduates to stay focused, whilst assuring that Total Nigeria Plc will sustain the upliftment of its host communities.
He said: “The Skills Acquisition Programme (SAP) is a key component of the corporate social responsibility programmes of Total Nigeria Plc. As ambassadors of the programme, work hard to become achievers in your chosen fields by utilizing the skills you’ve acquired judiciously. I implore you to use the skills garnered for the growth and development of your communities”.
Since its inception in 2006, the program has empowered 54 beneficiaries in Koko community, Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State.
Through the Skills Acquisition Program, young and disadvantaged persons from Koko, Delta state, as well as Makera and Kakuri in Kaduna state are screened and selected for training placements in certified training centers. Training materials and allowances are provided for the beneficiaries and their trainers to ensure they are well equipped with the necessary learning tools.
Close monitoring from the community leaders and Total Nigeria Plc ensure that the beneficiaries remain committed to successfully completing their training and maximize the benefits derived from it.
Upon completion of their training, which usually spans one year, Total Nigeria Plc assists beneficiaries (youths) to fully establish their businesses in various fields by providing them with starter packs. The starter packs are work tools recommended by the trainers to establish the beneficiaries in their businesses upon graduation. Total equally pays two years shop rent in advance to support the sustenance of the businesses towards becoming stable startups.