Nigeria’s largest container terminal, APM Terminals Apapa has invested more than N50 million in employee development programs since early 2021.
More than 100 employees have benefited from more than 18 different training programs spread across various professional skills and further employee development programs are planned for late 2021 and 2022, said Steen Knudsen, terminal manager recently.
âOur employees are one of the five values ââof our company. It is important that we continue to invest in the development and upskilling of our organization, in order to be ready for the challenges of tomorrow. Over the past year, we have invested heavily in improving our assets and facilities and this journey continues.
âWe have also started investing in training and development, as we need an organization that can truly meet the international standards of our stakeholders – customers, the Nigerien economy and community, employees and our shareholders. It is up to all of us to make good use of training for our development and to continue to have a positive impact on the business, âadded Knudsen.
APM Terminals Apapa employee development programs reach all levels of employees, from senior managers to middle managers and junior employees. The majority of development programs focus on the development of employees in engineering and operations functions, as they represent the bulk of the employees directly involved in the handling of operational heavy lifting equipment.
Some of the trainings and certifications include: liebherr, leader as managers at APM, electrical and hydraulic training, asset management training, tire technology and inspection in collaboration with Michelin, and ISO CAT I airborne / EU supported structure certification systems, among others.
Crane foreman Victor Idoroyen Williams, who completed a Konecranes TC5 / TCE5 program, described it as an “eye opening”.
He said, âWe have learned to understand our new equipment better; they are environmentally friendly with lower fuel consumption and fuel emissions. It is now easier to troubleshoot, we can easily trace faults, perform checks to determine faults and their probable solutions. The new equipment works more with Artificial Intelligence; there is a display screen on the equipment where you can talk to him and he answers.
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