The future of many African economies depends on educational reform. As the population of countries on our continent continues to grow, government and the private sector are looking for ways to drive industry and the Growth Domestic Product. One of the key ways to do this is through entrepreneurship, training and job creation.
Caterpillar has launched a free online Learning Management System that will give people the skills and knowledge they need to either kick-start their careers, boost their skills or take their technical knowledge and expertise to the next level.
This initiative is not only a Corporate Social Responsibility project on behalf of Caterpillar, it’s also a key element in addressing the crucial skills shortage in the construction and mining industry. Increasing the skills potential of technicians, unemployed citizens, students and labourers is just one of the ways Caterpillar aims to give back to the African community at large.
How the training is delivered
Caterpillar has set up a comprehensive online Learning Management System that people can join, completely free of charge. Within this system, there are 15 modules which will give learners the theoretical and practical knowledge and guidance they need to learn about issues that people would generally only learn with first-hand, on-the-job training.
Learners will gain key insights about issues relating to contamination and parts handling, assembly of power tools, hand tools and fasteners, bearings, wiring harnesses, seals, lifting devices, couplings and fittings, engine fundamentals, electrical fundamentals and basic hydraulic systems.
Increasing the skills in Africa starts by harmonising skill strategies across sectors. The construction and mining industry is renowned for being short of key technical skills and these skills are rarely taught in formal tertiary institutions. Caterpillar’s new Learning Management System will address the need in the industry. If you know of someone who would benefit from free, online training that will boost their careers in the construction or mining industry, please send them this link today.