It is an unfortunate fact of life that unemployment is a huge problem in Africa. So often, families are not financially equipped to send their school leaving children to any form of tertiary education. Even where community colleges exist, graduates are not sufficiently experienced or prepared to find to employment. Young people between the ages of 15 and 25 represent more than 60% of Africa’s total population, with the unemployment incidence estimated to be over 20%.
It is with this dilemma in mind, that Caterpillar created their free Technicians for Africa online learning management system. Using the same material they have developed for training their own employees, this forward-thinking company has created 18 module online course, aimed at anyone with a technical background who is looking to gain the competitive edge in the mining and construction industries.
The course is structured with easy-to-understand technical insights and is accessed by a desktop computer, tablet or smart phone and decent internet connection. The modules are informative and each takes approximately 1 hour to complete. Once all 18 modules are finished, the learner is issued with a certificate from Caterpillar. For a sneak peek, click here for a look at the type of modules on the course.
What Caterpillar is trying to achieve with this training
Caterpillar, the global leader in construction and mining equipment, has made it their mission to drive positive change on every continent. By offering this type of free training, they hope to empower people with little or no other opportunity to start the learning process required to become a fully trained technician. Giving people the means to start or enhance their learning will create a bigger pool of resources for the construction and mining industries, a factor that is vitally important in the development of a country’s youth.