Unemployment rates in Africa are very high, while at the same time many large companies are challenged to locate candidates with the necessary skills. One of the root causes is that the African schooling system does not always have the proper infrastructure and the curricula do not always match the requirements of the marketplace.
The Technicians for Africa project is leveraging Caterpillar’s existing, state-of-the-art e-learning solutions and makes them available for anyone in Africa that is looking to develop a career as a heavy equipment Technician. Any African with an Internet connection can now start a career as a Technician!
Technicians for Africa provides African people who are interested in a career as Technician with free access to a basic Caterpillar Technician curriculum, in English, French and Portuguese. Technicians for Africa will enable Africans to upgrade their knowledge and–through successful completion–they will be able to print a certificate of completion that will support their chances to be selected for a job.
The Technicians for Africa program launched in November 2015. The project’s initial mission was to reach thousands of new learners in 3 pilot countries (Nigeria, DRC, and Mozambique).
Helping individuals, schools, and organizations upgrade the basic skills of African people will help the participants pursue available, well-paying jobs.
As of June 2017, the Technicians for Africa program has expanded to a total of 17 countries including: Angola, Burkina Faso, DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
The eventual goal is to expand the program to the whole of Africa.