2015 saw the signing of a historic deal between the Angolan government and Israeli infrastructure company Tahal. It was agreed that Tahal undertakes to build and operate a seven-year agricultural development project in the Quiminha region of Angola, just south-east of Luanda. This development is not only the largest such development ever undertaken by Angola, but also by Tahal. So, what does it entail? And what does it mean for Angola’s agricultural development – and for Angolans?
What this project means for Angola
The Quiminha Integrated Agricultural and Regional Development Project has been undertaken to transform Angola’s agricultural sector after decades of internal conflict that has resulted in a situation where most of Angola’s food is imported – at a high cost to consumers. The project is slated to bring over 60 000 tons of locally grown produce onto the Angolan market. Not only that, but it will employ a great many Angolan’s with the requisite experience and skills – from farmers and agriculture sector industry workers to construction workers and heavy machinery technicians.
Long-term employment and career opportunities for Angolan technicians
Not only is there already a huge demand for heavy machinery technicians in the first phases, there will be an increasing demand on a large scale; with the machinery that Caterpillar supplies being used in all phases of the project – from construction to large scale landscaping to continued agricultural production. This means the need for large scale and ongoing technician training as supplied by the ‘Caterpillar University’: an initiative by Technicians for Africa and sponsored by Caterpillar. This is needed to supply Tahal and the Angolan government with the skilled manpower they need to successfully complete the development of the project as well as indefinitely into the future as Angola takes over one of the biggest agricultural development projects undertaken in Africa to date. Angolans have never had a better opportunity for career advancement simply by enrolling for the free online courses for technicians offered by the Caterpillar University.
Technician training in Angola
You can do the free online course from anywhere in Angola/Africa/the world: all you need is a good internet connection and the technician training is available to you. A course with Caterpillar University will enable you to benefit from a career as one of the many construction and agricultural equipment technicians needed now in Angola.
To register for our free online courses for technicians and/or find out more about the program, contact us today.
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