… Offers Scholarship, Automatic Employment
By: DOROTHY NEJE
[dropcap]S[/dropcap]equel to a successful training of trainee workers in Briscoe Academy, the automobile training arm of R.T. Briscoe Nigeria PLC, the company recently in Lagos graduated 24 students from the school, awarding the three best scholarships, while others were offered automatic employment.
The event, which was the maiden graduation of the company, was held at RT Briscoe’s head office. The best three graduating are: Messrs Ojo Emmanuel, Adeyemo Bamidele and Oladosu Ademola, who received the Managing Director’s Scholarship Award to further their study at Highbury College, London, United Kingdom.
RT Briscoe admitted first set of students in June last year under the apprenticeship scheme introduced by the management and designed to train young engineers and technicians in all automobile related fields such as engineering, motor vehicle maintenance and repairs, after sales marketing among many others.
Speaking at the event, Managing Director and Chief Executive officer of the company, Mr. Seyi Onajide, said Most organizations are privileged to have many resources, but none is more important than the potential of their future leaders.
“The future of R.T. Briscoe depends on the quality and depth of the developmental interventions targeted at the new entrants into the organisation”, he explained, adding, “The Trainee School was, therefore, designed to equip the entry level hires of the organisation with the full spectrum of requisite competencies (knowledge, skills and behaviors), to not only excel at their jobs, but prepare them towards taking up higher responsibilities in the organisation over time”.
Onajide hinted that the school also serves as a resource centre to develop the critical workplace competencies required for a successful career in the organisation by building skills, increasing knowledge and boosting confidence.
“The Company has over the years been experiencing difficulties in recruiting capable staff for the service workshops,” Onajide recalled. “My major challenge since taking over the realms of affair of the organisation in 2010 is how to restructure the after –sales business to ensure optimum service delivery to customers and return on investment to shareholders of the business. It was easy to replace obsolete equipment, procure more materials, review processes and procedures and inject funds for their operations. However, of all the challenges resolved, human capital has remained insurmountable due to the dearth of skilled technical manpower in the market to fill ageing gap created by retired personnel in the system, and this eventually gave birth to the Briscoe Academy Training Scheme”.
The R.T. Briscoe boss recalled that when the scheme was conceived, overtures were made to officials of some Technical Colleges and Polytechnics for their cooperation and support, the responses received were positive with promises of working collaboration. Eventually, the partnership arrangement with Highbury College UK provided the best option and platform to achieve desired objectives in the process.
He noted that participants in the scheme are required to have a minimum of OND, NABTEB, NCE Technical or their equivalent, pass a series of occupational tests in written, oral and practical forms in addition to their sound medical examination’s report results to qualify for the scheme. Saying that, “There are a lot for the young trainees to benefit as our company operates several workshops to cater for the world class brands in our portfolio all over the country. These include separate motor workshops for our Toyota and Ford franchises as well as technical service workshops for the industrial equipment business activities covering Forklifts, reach trucks, palette trucks, compressors and generators”.
He explained that the on-the-job training involved classroom sessions as well as product and technical training, mentoring, coaching, guided assignments among others .Each apprentice was allocated to and overseen by a supervisor and quarterly assessments were conducted where candidates who did not meet up with required criteria were asked to withdraw.
“ Each business unit assisted with the development of curricula for the trainees required for their units particular in the areas of product and technical knowledge and training as well as periodic scheduled assistance from Highbury College “. Onajide said.
R.T. Briscoe Nigeria) PLC was incorporated in Nigeria on 9th March, 1957, as a Private Limited Liability Company and became a wholly owned subsidiary of the East Asiatic Company Ltd(EAC). of Copenhagen, Denmark in 1961. The Company became a public Company in 1973 and the shares were listed for quotation on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 1974. In August 2002, EAC divested its shareholding in Briscoe to Nigerian investors.
Presently, the company is engaged in the marketing, sales and servicing of Toyota motor vehicles under the trade name BriscoeToyota as one of the 8 authorized dealers of Toyota Nigeria Limited. In 2005, BriscoeFord was appointed distributor in Nigeria for the sales and servicing of the Ford range of vehicles.