A Public Private Partnership platform championed by Lagos State, and Coscharis Motors, CG-Eko LLP Training Academy, has turn out about 41 new automotive technicians.
Speaking at the event, President, Coscharis Group, Dr. Cosmas Maduka, who underscored the importance of skilled technicians to the growth of the automotive sector in the country, said the academy would continue to play a key role in addressing the dearth of world class technicians in the country.
Maduka said Coscharis Motors saw the need to build an automotive institution that would not only sell vehicles but provide necessary support to keep the vehicles running, adding that the firm already hired most of the new graduates.
“When Coscharis Motors Plc, one of our subsidiaries in the group, was to venture into the business of selling brand new globally respected iconic vehicles, we were guided by our vision to build an institution that is timeless in its relevance.
“The main objective of the academy is to deliver value added human resources to fill the vacuum created by the dearth of professional technicians, who are supposed to drive the fast growing automotive industry sector of our economy into a bright future.”
“Since admitting the first set of trainees in 2013, the academy has successfully wheeled out 41 graduates till date. Majority of the graduands here today, have been absorbed into our organisation, some employed by other organisations, while some have become after-sales facility entrepreneurs.” Maduka, said the dearth of qualified technicians in the industry had forced the sector to hire expatriates.
According to the Training Manager of the academy, Sunday Tanimowo, the graduates have passed through series of professional hands- on theoretical and practical training in the field of automobile engineering, ranging from automobile repairs, service, maintenance, troubleshooting, automobile technology, workshop practice, digital electronics, leadership, management, CRM and product knowledge.
“In the first batch, 18 started journey in August 2013 but only 17 completed the rigorous training; Next are the second batch graduands: 17 was admitted in August 2014, only 14 were able to complete the race; lastly, the third batch graduands: 14 started the race, only 10 sailed through the journey.”