Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Truck Training Scheme in Africa Launched by Major Manufacturer

Volvo Extends Practical Education Programme
Shipping News Feature
MOROCCO – SWEDEN – Normally any truck driver training pieces regarding Africa we write refer to the endless efforts of the Transaid Charity,* which for some years has devoted much of its resources to trying to reduce the death and injury toll on that continents roads through a process of practical education. Now we hear that the Volvo Group is starting a training programme for truck drivers in Morocco, the second driver training school in Africa that the group is involved in. The first driver training programme will start in June of this year when a school for around 500 students is opened in Ethiopia.

In Morocco the need for well-trained, certified truck drivers is growing. The country wants to strengthen its position as a regional transport hub but at the same time it has major problems with traffic accidents and deaths on the road. In order to improve traffic safety and make Morocco’s roads safer, the government has decided to start a school for truck drivers.

The school, which will be located in the capital Casablanca, is a collaboration between the Volvo Group, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation UNIDO and the American development agency USAID. An official ceremony was recently held to launch the project. The first students are expected to start their training at the beginning of next year.

The plan is to train around 500 professional drivers over the next four years in subjects such as safe and fuel-efficient driving. The Volvo Group is providing vehicles, equipment and teacher training. The group companies Volvo Trucks, Volvo Buses and Renault Trucks are cooperating on the training programme. Johan Reiman, who is responsible for apprenticeships and driver training within the group in Africa, commented:

“We are proud to be involved in the project and to help the Moroccan government with this important issue. By training local people, we are supporting sustainable growth in the countries where the Volvo Group does business.”

The Volvo Group has also been running apprenticeships for mechanics in Africa since 2013. There is a major shortage of mechanics in many African countries, while unemployment levels are often high. The first school was started in Ethiopia and several groups of students have now completed the course there. In 2015 a similar school was opened in Zambia and also one in Morocco.

Photo: Volvo staff, UNIDO and USAID local officials celebrate the launch of the training project.

*Anyone interested in taking on the next Transaid bike riding challenge, Cycle Zambia, a 490 mile jaunt in September 2018, can read all details of how to apply here.