The Dangote Academy would be metamorphosed into a university, the Director of the Academy, Mr. Paramjit Pabby, has said. Speaking on the sideline of the inauguration of the 22 new trainees into the Dangote Academy at Obajana Cement Plant in Kogi State, Mr Pabby said the vision of the Academy is to help bridge the skill gap needed for industrial take off in the country.
“We are creating talent pipelines for Dangote companies and for others in Nigeria,” he said.
The inaugurated young engineers who passed through rigorous selection process were graduates of Electrical, Mechanical and chemical engineering from Nigerian universities and polytechnics.
He said the inaugurated Graduate Engineers will have the opportunity of learning practical and relevant skills in 12 months after which they will be absorbed into the Group.
The Dangote Academy runs Graduate Engineer Trainees Scheme (GET), Junior Technicians Scheme (JTS), Management Skills and Leadership training among others.
Speaking, Head of Management Development of the Academy, Mr. Hassan Salisu, said the philosophy behind starting the Academy was to support the Nigeria’s educational system by emphasizing practical application of knowledge and skills.
He said the absorbed graduates have started adding value to the company, adding that they Dangote Group may need not to shop for engineers outside the shores of Nigeria in the nearest future.