Apprenticeship and education on health in South Africa

Several million people are infected with HIV/AIDS in South Africa, the highest number in any country in the world. The disease has decimated the community and continues to do so. It is a threat for the Volvo Group’s employees, customers and the local community.

The Volvo Group’s efforts to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS began in 2004 and the project has grown ever since. The company is mainly supporting two initiatives: the Star for Life Health and Education and the Skills for Life. The Star for Life Foundation is a non-profit, school-based HIV and AIDS prevention program that informs youth about the disease and helps them make decisions that will reduce infection risks.

The Volvo Group’s efforts to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS began in 2004.

The Foundation supports schools in South Africa, Namibia and Zambia, and the Volvo Group currently sponsors 24 schools in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town. The Skills for Life program aims to alleviate poverty and youth unemployment by linking the Star for Life schools to businesses in order to provide vocational training and apprenticeships.

The Volvo Trucks Center in Pinetown employs a number of apprentices recruited and trained through the Skills for Life program.

The Volvo Trucks Center in Pinetown, Durban, employs a number of apprentices recruited and trained through the Skills for Life program.

In order to raise money for the Star for Life program, the Volvo Group donated the world’s first series-manufactured new Volvo FH truck to be sold to the highest bidder on eBay in September 2012. All proceeds were donated to the program.