The PAN Learning Centre (PLC), graduated 78 trainees of United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Technical Skill Acquisition Program (TSAP) Batch B, in an elaborated ceremony attended by UNDP Country Rep. Ms Khardiata Lo Ndiaye at the PAN Learning Centre Body Works (BW) facility on Tuesday 12th, February 2019.

MD/CEO PAN, Ibrahim Boyi in his remarks at the ceremony said, there are over 45,000 capacity job gap in the automobile after- sales, repairs and services value chain, requiring skills and competent modern auto mechanics with knowledge of technological trend in the auto industry. He described the graduating trainees as fortunate. “This is a unique opportunity for you he said, because out of 750 that UNDP identified, you are among the chosen few. Make good use of it.”

He highlighted that the program is well structured, and much targeted with youths trained in Auto mechanics, Auto mechatronics, Auto spraying, Welding and panel beating crowned with City & Guilds Certifications. It is also accompanied with standard knowledge of fault finding in modern vehicles, and consciousness in environmental protection to prevent environmental pollution through standard oil removal, as advocated by National Automotive Design and Development Council for ideal standard requirement in training world class technicians and mechanics.

Amongst the graduands are 10 ladies, also trained in auto mechanics, auto mechatronics, panel beating, welding and spray painting. The DG PAN Learning Centre, Mrs Elizabeth Mordi said “The institute is committed to equal opportunity and gender equality,’ the trainees went through compulsory ICT training to Diploma level as well as FRSC accredited PAN Driving School for Defensive Driving Skill, PAN Learning Centre (PLC) has promoted the empowerment of young women and has trained over 300 in the past years, she added.

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The United Nation Development Program (UNDP), Country Representative Ms Khardiata LO Ndiaye thanked the Norwegian Government for its continuous support to UNDP programs in Nigeria, she applauded. “The management and staff of PAN Learning Centre for their dedication, commitment and understanding to transform the lives of these young persons through impacting skills and knowledge in them and make them useful to the society.”

The event ended with distribution of Certificates, tools and equipment to the trainees and a guided tour of PLC for the UNDP Country Rep.

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