Unilever Nigeria successfully influences university academic programmes
By rewarding students and establishing initiatives to engage undergraduates
In addition to providing top quality foods, home and personal care products to millions of Nigerians across the country, Unilever Nigeria has once again displayed its commitment to human capacity development and sustainable efforts by embedding three of its strategic innovations in the academic programme of one of Nigeria’s rising tertiary institutions, Covenant University.
This was disclosed by Dr. Charles Ayo, Director of Academic Planning for Covenant University when representatives of the educational institution attended an award ceremony by Unilever Nigeria in honour of Covenant University’s best graduating engineering student – Miss Omowunmi Adepoju.
According to Dr. Ayo, “We are very glad at the efforts of Unilever Nigeria towards building human capacity … and in the coming session, we have incorporated three of Unilever’s innovations – Connect, Engage and Innovate – in the academic calendar.” He also added that “This is the first time for any institution to have programmes on our calendar and we will certainly not let Unilever down.”
Over the years, as part of its efforts to contribute to the development of talent and human capital within Nigeria, Unilever Nigeria has held its annual management trainee programme called the Unilever Future Leaders Programme. Through the two-year trainee programme that grooms fresh University graduates into managers, Unilever has trained over six hundred professionals across its Central Africa business in the last thirty (30) years.
But for Unilever Nigeria, reaching and developing undergraduates has become an important part of its capacity building efforts and this led to the formation of a campus activation programme designed to support various private and government initiatives aimed at addressing the declining quality of university graduates.
“The scarcity of talent in Nigeria today is a challenge and in line with our business vision and priorities, we are engaging renowned universities to identify and build talent and capacities for the country and FMCG industry,” stated Mrs. Tolulope Agiri, Unilever Nigeria’s Human Resources Director. “Through these efforts, we will attract undergraduates and graduates, expose them to our internationally renowned business processes and culture, and position them for successful careers and futures,” she added.
With the incorporation of its innovative leadership programme in the academic schedule of Covenant University, Unilever Nigeria will in the coming months activate the University-focused leg of its capacity development efforts across other Federal, State and Privately owned tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
Unilever Nigeria is part of the multi-national Unilever group, which produces personal care, home care and foods products like Close Up, Lux, OMO, Sunlight, Blue Band, Lipton, Royco and Knorr for individuals and families across the country.
Unilever Nigeria is a Forty-Four Billion Naira business that employs about 2,000 people directly and over 10,000 others as suppliers, transporters, distributors, retailers, service providers etc in its Nigerian operations.
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