Technician training in Africa
Because OEMs working in Sub-Saharan Africa face a shortage of trained, qualified machine technicians, Volvo CE has teamed up with Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) to help local dealers and manufacturers — while at the same time empowering local young people. Volvo CE and Sida have started a program at Selam Technical and Vocational College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that trains young people in the fundamentals of electrics, hydraulics and drivetrain components. Volvo CE contributes to the program by providing new equipment, training materials, teacher education, ongoing curriculum development, and apprenticeship opportunities for students.
The program, which began in early 2013, educates 30 students a year, benefiting OEMs by increasing the number of skilled workers in the job market. At Volvo CE, we feel strongly that we can make a difference in Sub-Saharan Africa by educating young people and giving them opportunities to learn, grow and succeed.