Julius Berger Nigeria Plc builds and hosts the pioneer Federation of Construction Industry (FOCI) artisanal skills development academy in Abuja the Federal Capital Territory.
On Friday, December 4th 2020, Julius Berger celebrates the ground breaking ceremony of the FOCI-JBN Skills Academy together with FOCI and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), which is a German corporation for international collaboration.
According the Managing Director of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Engr. Dr. Lars Richter, the academy building will host two carpentry training workshops of 348m² each; two Masonry training workshops of 348m² each; one Plumbing training workshop of 348 m²; one Welding training workshop of 348m²; and ancillary facilities, such as offices, kitchen, first aid area and canteen. The Managing Director said it was a great pleasure for him to be to be at the ground breaking ceremony of the FOCI-JBN Skills Academy located at Julius Berger’s ONEX yard, where Julius Berger has commenced construction works for the academy’s school building.
Tracing the history of the academy, Engr. Dr. Richter said the idea has been in the making for several years. “The journey has been a long but fruitful one… and today, we mark the transformation of the idea - of an artisan academy to develop adequately skilled construction tradesmen and women - into reality via an academy building soon to house a world class dual vocational apprenticeship training program”, he said. Dr. Richter added that: “The academy’s goals are noble. The aim is to shore up the skills of the men and women of our industry in the areas of masonry, plumbing and carpentry. To provide well-designed programs of study in collaboration with expert partners, such as GIZ, and ultimately to improve the standards by which the entire industry is able to deliver works to our various clients”.
Herewith Julius Berger Nigeria is seeking all feasible and productive means to work and preserve the jobs, careers and means of livelihood of workers even in the face of the novel challenges and existential threat the construction industry encountered sequel to the advent and onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic. The FOCI-JBN Academy will not only improve the construction industry in Nigeria, but will also help to advance the livelihood of those individuals working across various trades, advancing their skills and confidence for the benefit of their long-term careers.