The first batch, made up of eight students, have passed out of Mantrac Ghana’s Technicians for Africa Project, Ghana Edition, which is a free online programme for Africans seeking a new and exciting career as service technicians.
This comes at a time Mantrac Ghana, the authorised dealers of Caterpillar products and services in Ghana, is celebrating its 80years of dealership in the country.
The project is sponsored by Caterpillar, the global leader in construction and mining equipment, in collaboration with its dealers across Africa, as part of its corporate social responsibility.
In Ghana, the programme was launched in November 2016 and currently has over 350 students enrolled, with the first set of 8 students receiving certification to begin their career as Service Technicians.
In a matter of three to six months, trainees can achieve Foundational Certification and begin an exciting journey towards a possible career, as well-paid and highly valued service technicians in the automotive, trucking or heavy equipment industry.
According to Mantrac Ghana’s Product Support Manager, Graham Dickinson, the training is an opportunity for technicians who wish to work with Mantrac Ghana to be well equipped to deliver satisfactory services.
“Behind every car, truck or heavy equipment is a service technician who keeps that vehicle running. Service technicians work inside mechanic shops, auto dealerships, heavy equipment dealerships and other garages to diagnose and repair equipment,” he said.
“Since the Caterpillar Dealership in Ghana was formed in 1937 we have developed the skills of thousands of Technicians. The Technicians who graduated from our training school have strengthened the overall technical knowledge within the Ghanaian Power Generation, Construction and Mining industries” he added.
Mr Dickinson indicated that the construction and mining industries continue to grow throughout Africa, with its attendant opportunities, and urged people to avail themselves of the opportunity presented by Mantrac Ghana to enhance their skills to make themselves marketable.
He said it is also an opportunity for the Ministry of Education to empower the newly upgraded Technical Universities to better prepare their graduates for the job market.
Inspired by Caterpillar’s initiative and as part of Mantrac’s Social Responsibility, Mantrac Ghana is pleased to offer general training to the wider audience through e-learning, this is available to everyone in Ghana by logging in at Technicians for Africa.