2015 - 2018
Morocco, Ivory Coast and Senegal
Heavy Duty Machinery and Commercial Vehicles
Despite Morocco’s rapid economic growth, its labor market suffers a significant gap between the supply and demand of skilled labor in numerous industrial sectors. Vocational training programs that have been developed in Morocco have not fully met the private sector needs. In the meantime, youth unemployment prevails, placing many young people in a precarious situation.
This state of affairs particularly impacts the heavy duty equipment and commercial vehicles sector. It has encouraged Moroccan and international entities operating in the education and vocational training (Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training, Office of Vocational Training and Employment Promotion) and business (the Volvo Group, National Construction and Public Works Federation) sectors, and development partners (USAID, OCP Foundation, UNIDO) to work together to develop and administer a technical and professional skills development training program combining theoretical and practical learning and internships at partner companies.
They have created the Heavy Duty Equipment and Commercial Vehicles Academy (AGEVEC in French) which is located in the newly-established Ecole des Métiers du Bâtiment et des Travaux Publics in Settat, Morocco. From 2016, the Academy will train 150 Moroccan, Senegalese and Ivorian youths in heavy duty equipment maintenance every year. Resulting from an innovative type of partnership, the AGEVEC project has the dual objective to promote youth employability and to stimulate economic and social development in the aforementioned three countries.
RESULTS & OUTLOOK
- Establish a modern training academy, in partnership with the Volvo Group, able to provide labor-market oriented training programs in the maintenance of heavy-duty vehicles to an overall yearly intake of 150 young men and women from Morocco, Senegal and Ivory Coast
- New curriculum modules developed and approved by relevant authorities
- Introduce staff development plan for conducting skills upgrading for all trainers in teaching methodologies and technical skills
- Students undertake apprenticeships in relevant industries to gain practical experience
- Career service points established to facilitate apprenticeships and the transition of graduates into the workforce
- U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
- The Volvo Group
- OCP Foundation
- Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training, Morocco
- Office of Vocational Training and Employment Promotion (OFPPT)