Training of technicians in Ethiopia
The Group takes a hands-on approach with a project at Selam Technical and Vocational College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, providing new equipment, training material, teacher training, ongoing curriculum development and apprenticeship opportunities for students.
Lack of well-trained technicians is a serious problem in much of Africa.
Lack of well-trained technicians is a serious problem in much of Africa. As a result, dealers operating in countries like Ethiopia are often compelled to hire expatriate technicians rather than invest in local workers who would remain in the country permanently – and keep more money in the local economy. The few local technicians who are available often have inadequate training, as many technical schools in these countries use outmoded equipment – sometimes dating back to the 1970s or 1980s.
The local technicians often have inadequate training, as many technical schools in these countries use outmoded equipment – sometimes dating back to the 1970s or 1980s.
Developing a technical program benefits original equipment manufacturers like the Volvo Group by providing a larger pool of skilled workers. Though students and apprentices will not be under any obligation to work for the Volvo Group, the project will provide the Group with a very powerful way of building relationships with potential employees.
While the Volvo Group facilitates teacher training and supplies equipment, the school handles administration, re-cruitment of teachers and the selection of students. UNIDO oversees the project.
The project, which will train about 30 students a year, started in February 2013. If the new program works well, the company will consider expanding into other African countries in the future.