Drivers share in Shell Lafrenz first anniversary celebrations
It does not happen every day that the forecourt manager herself check your car’s oil, but this was all part of the celebrations when Shell Lafrenz Service Station threw a party on Friday last week for its staff and for its clients. All staff members went full out to make the visiting drivers share in the joy of the first birthday party which continued on the forecourt throughout the day and into the evening.
The Shell Lafrenz Service Station turned one on Friday. Vivo Energy Namibia, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants celebrated the first anniversary of Lafrenz Training Centre and Shell Service station by throwing a party on the forecourt that carried on throughout the day
Vivo Energy Namibia Retail Manager, Anthony Ogalo said people trained at the centre include workers directly employed in the fuel industry as well as people working for external stakeholders such as the Ministry of Mines and Energy, building contractors, and construction safety professionals.
The Association of Service Station Owners also uses the facility for industry events.
More than 400 people have been trained at the Lafrenz Training Centre since it opened its doors on 15 January 2016. Employees of Vivo Energy Namibia, as well as colleagues within the Vivo Energy group from Botswana and Madagascar have also attended training at the Lafrenz training centre recently.
The standard training covers subjects like Site Operations Training, Site Engineering and Inspection Processes, Food Handling and Safety, Shop Merchandising and Sales Management.
Explaining the rational for establishing the training centre, Vivo Energy Namibia Managing Director, Johan Grobbelaar said: “Over the years we have observed that more and more Namibians are showing tremendous interest in the petroleum industry. “Experience has shown that while there are many aspiring players in the industry, there is need for in-depth business knowledge and skills to operate profitable entities.”
“We have seen an opportunity to make a difference by addressing the challenges to upskill young Namibians who wish to equip themselves with knowledge on the oil industry,” he said adding that the centre provides both theoretical and practical retailing skills to new and existing retailers and their staff.
Vivo Energy Namibia has a combined fuel storage capacity of 6,458 m³ and 50 service stations, with many offering Shell Cards and convenience retail stores.