Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D. today (Thursday 14 November) officially opened Chevron Training & Recruitment’s inaugural Training Centre in Lagos. Based in Wexford, Chevron Training & Recruitment specialise in the provision of construction skills training to international learners. Ireland is renowned globally for providing a superior level of construction training ensuring that Irish construction workers are highly sought after by employers throughout the world.
In February 2013 Chevron Training & Recruitment partnered with Nigerian company ETIWA Vocational Training to provide construction workers in Nigeria with international best-practise training. The partnership will see Chevron Training and Recruitment train 1000 constructions workers in Nigeria in a deal worth €3m over three years.
Speaking from Lagos where he is leading the first ever Enterprise Ireland trade mission to Nigeria, Minister Costello said: “As part of the first major trade mission to Nigeria, I am delighted to officially open the Chevron Technical training facility in Lagos and welcome the partnership that has been established with ETIWA.
“Ireland has a strong international reputation as a centre of quality education and training which is a good match for the needs of Nigeria’s growing economy. I believe that this partnership will flourish and contribute in a very real way to supplying skilled workers to the Nigerian economy.”
Chevron Training & Recruitment is responsible for developing the course content and provides highly-skilled and specialised trainers to deliver the training to local construction workers in Nigeria. On successful completion of each course, students are issued with European certification which is facilitated through Chevron.
Chevron’s Managing Director, Karl Fitzpatrick said: “As a developing country, with a population of over 160 million people, the role of training will be instrumental in ensuring that Nigeria maximises its potential and can present itself as an attractive proposition for international investment. Chevron Training & Recruitment plans to extend our delivery of training services throughout Nigeria in 2014.”
Chevron Training & Recruitment has delivered construction skills training to more than 30,000 international learners. These training programmes have been integral in ensuring that the recipients continue to remain at the forefront of the construction industry.
Brendan Flood, Divisional Manager with Enterprise Ireland who is accompanying Minister Costello on the trade mission added: “The opening of Chevron’s Training Centre in Lagos is a significant achievement and a clear demonstration of the company’s commitment to the market. Enterprise Ireland looks forward to continuing to work with Chevron to help them grow and expand their business in Nigeria – ultimately supporting the growth of their business back home in Ireland.”
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