Nigeria’s biggest container terminal, APM Terminals Apapa has invested over N50 million in employee development programmes since the start of 2021.
Over 100 employees have benefited from over 18 different training programmes spread across various professional skills and more employee development programmes are planned for the latter part of 2021 and 2022, Terminal Manager, Steen Knudsen said, recently
“Our employees are one of our five company values. It is important that we continue to invest in developing and up-skilling our organisation, to be ready for tomorrow’s challenges. In the past year, we have been investing heavily in improving our assets and facilities and this journey continues.
“We have also begun an investment into training and development as we need to have an organisation which can truly deliver to the international standards of our stakeholders – customers, the Nigerian economy and community, employees and our shareholders. The onus is on us all to make good use of the training for our development and continue to impact the business positively,” Knudsen added.
APM Terminals Apapa employee development programmes cut across all levels of employees – from the top management to mid-level managers and to junior workers. Majority of development programmes are focused on up-skilling of employees in engineering and operations functions, as these represent the bulk of employees directly involved in the handling of heavy lifting operational equipment.
Some of the trainings and certifications include: liebherr, leading as managers at APM, electrical & hydraulics training, asset management training, tire technology and inspection in collaboration with Michelin, and UE systems’ airborne/structure borne ISO CAT I certification, among many others.
Crane foreman, Victor Idoroyen Williams, who underwent a Konecranes TC5/TCE5 programme, described it as an “eye opener”.
He said, “We got to understand our new equipment better; they are eco-friendly with a lower fuel consumption and lesser fuel emissions. It is now easier to troubleshoot, we can easily trace faults, carry out checks to determine faults and their likely solutions. The new equipment works more with Artificial Intelligence; there is a display screen on the equipment where you can speak to it and it responds.”
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