Daikin Middle East and Africa FZE (“Daikin”) has opened its second training centre in Nigeria.
The centre was opened in partnership with Field of Skills and Dream VTE and located in Oko Oba Agege, Lagos.
Speaking at the opening of the centre on Tuesday, Tuna Gulenc, Vice President, Daikin Middle East, and Africa FZE, said that the centre will facilitate the training of new technicians in theoretical and practical exercises across topics such as system installation, troubleshooting, maintenance, and energy efficiency.
He stated that the partnership was part of Daikin’s localization strategy, adding that the training centre aims to build a community of skilled workforce and equip them with all the necessary education required to excel in their career and contribute to Africa’s climate efforts by promoting sustainable cooling solutions.
According to Tuna Gulenc, “Daikin is committed to serving the local market where it operates. This second training and development centre in partnership with Field of Skills and Dream in Nigeria will be an extension of Daikin’s expertise and know-how to further build the skills and knowledge in the market and promote best practices of sustainable cooling – an active contribution to the socio-economic development of Nigeria.”
He added, “We are proud to collaborate with FSD which comes with a proven track record of training technicians and positively contributing to the betterment of the Nigeria society for development and growth.”
Also speaking at the event, Mrs Omowale Ogunrinde, Founder and Director at Field of Skills and Dream, said, “The intervention of Daikin to upgrade FSD’s TVET skills development workshop for HVAC technicians could not have come at a better time than when we were expanding our training facilities to enable us to empower more young Nigerians with skills to access new jobs and start small businesses of their own. FSD has always said that there are jobs but no skilled people because we have a 100% employment rate for our trainees.
“With the provision of modern and state-of-the-art HVAC training equipment by Daikin and upskilling the trainers at FSD, our goal of producing more technicians equipped with the requisite skills to deploy professional services in global cooling technology would be met across Nigeria.”
Daikin said that it is striving hard for the people of Africa to provide access to better air quality and energy efficiency, while simultaneously strengthening service and aftermarket support, adding with a strong localization strategy, company’s focus is on sustainability, energy efficiency, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), driving more awareness towards a healthy living environment, and introducing new inverter R32 product solutions.
It disclosed that in 2022, Daikin MEA opened its first training centre and first sales office in Lagos, Nigeria, in 2020.