Caterpillar and Barloworld (Cat dealer for Southern Africa) recently held a Technicians for Africa launch event in Tete, Mozambique where a new drop-in facility designed to train would- be local technicians was formally opened. Working in partnership with the Mozambique government, a container was repurposed to become a drop- in facility fully equipped with onsite workstations able to host up to 10 students at one time.
The facility is the first of its kind in the region, and offers local students, school leavers and job seekers an opportunity to complete the training program and acquire foundational certification.
Caterpillar and Barloworld representatives participated in the event, together with senior government officials from the Ministry of Labor and the National Institute of Employment and Professional Training (INEFP).
“We are excited about the opportunity to work together with Barloworld and the Mozambique government towards developing a pipeline of local technicians in the country. We feel this technical training program is an important first step given the critical need for skills development in the country. At Caterpillar we strive to make a positive change in the communities we operate, and we look forward to driving this initiative in other African countries as well” said Chris Monge, Caterpillar District Manager for Southern Africa.
Technicians for Africa is a free online program for Africans seeking a new and exciting career as a service technician. Initially piloted in Mozambique, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the program has since been expanded and is now live in 15 African countries. The e-learning curriculum, which contains 18 modules of easy-to-understand, technical insights about safety and basic fundamental systems like electrical, hydraulics and powertrain, complements the paid-for e-learning platforms that are available to Caterpillar’s dealers and customers.
Through this initiative, Caterpillar seeks to develop a pipeline of local talent that will positively contribute to economic growth and development in Africa.
You can read more on the event here