- Help young people acquire skills that will allow them to set up their own business and thus support themselves;
- Generate social impact through youth empowerment and local job creation;
- Reinforce the existing bond between Lafarge and its host communities.
Nigeria is currently experiencing a dearth of professional artisans and technicians, seeking skills outside the country while many young people looking for white-collar jobs are not able to get an employment.
Lafarge Nigeria has launched the Lafarge WAPCO Training School in the community neighboring our Ewekoro plant. The 18-month apprenticeship training course helps young people acquire skills to set up their own business in the fields of electrics, mechanics and automation, sectors with lots of opportunities. On the theoretical part, classes are given by lecturers from higher education. On the technical part, classes are given by former retired Lafarge employees selected for their strong experience. Graduates from the training session are awarded with Lafarge WAPCO Diploma Certificates.
- The WAPCO training school has created job opportunities: 12 people were trained in the first year, 75% of them were offered a job by Lafarge WAPCO and 25% found a job with Lafarge contractors. Building on the success of the first year of this program, intake was increased in the 2nd year, with 21 apprentices in 2014.
- The training school has helped enhance relations between the Group and its host communities and promote loyalty within the company, as ex-staff became trainers. In recognition of its sustainability initiatives including the work with the training school, Lafarge Nigeria received the award of the Most Socially Responsible Company in Nigeria at the 7th Nigeria Social Enterprise Reporting Awards in 2013.
- A strong partnership with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) has been established to guarantee the sustainability of the initiative. This partnership will go a long way to benefit the teeming Nigerian youth population and make Lafarge an employer of choice for the young workers-to-be.