2011 - 2016
Heavy Duty Machinery and Commercial Vehicles, Driver Training, Forklift Driver Training, English Language, Computer Training
With support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), this project aims to establish an operations and industrial maintenance training academy in partnership with Scania CV AB. Located in Erbil, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, the academy targets unemployed Iraqis under the age of 30, offering them a chance to develop relevant skills and to find professional employment in the sectors of logistics, manufacturing, and industrial maintenance of heavy machinery (trucks, engines, agricultural equipment, etc.).
Simultaneously, the training academy aims to bolster Iraq’s wider economic development, by addressing the serious shortage of skilled labor required by modern enterprises operating and expanding in the country. The academy uses advanced and specialized training equipment and is the only training facility of its kind in Iraq. Courses are offered not only in maintaining and operating heavy machinery, but also in English language and computer literacy. Although typically a male domain, the academy aims to achieve a 30% female participation. Women are actively encouraged to attend the technical and managerial trainings, so that they are also well prepared for opportunities in the workplace. After graduation the academy will actively connect students with local companies in the region.
The project has a clear focus on results – specifically employment generation – and the implementation arrangements are designed to ensure that institutional capacity is strengthened, modern training courses are delivered, and the overall efforts are sustainable.
RESULTS & OUTLOOK
- Opened a modern training academy in April 2012, in partnership with Scania, able to provide labor-market oriented training programs in maintenance of heavy duty vehicles, driver training, forklift driver training, English language and computer training to an overall yearly intake of 300 young men and women from the Kurdish region of Iraq
- 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
- Swedish International Development Agency (Sida)
- Kurdistan Regional Government Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA-KRG)
- Education First (EF)