Meet the educators driving skills development in the automotive maintenance sector in Sierra Leone
- January 22, 2024
- By Elena Cooke
Empowering youth through education and skills is at the heart of the project ‘Promoting Youth Employment through Automotive Maintenance Skills Training’. Funded by the Government of Japan and implemented by UNIDO in partnership with the Government of Sierra Leone, the project focuses on bridging the skills gap within the automotive repair and maintenance industry. By establishing a regional Center of Excellence to provide modern vocational training, the project aims to enhance employment prospects for youth, women and disadvantaged groups.
Central to the project’s strategy is the capacity building of management staff and instructors at the Government Technical Institute (GTI) Freetown Polytechnic.
Technical instructors are essential for delivering the project’s modern curriculum and play a crucial role in empowering a skilled automotive workforce in Sierra Leone. Simeone Lissa, an instructor at GTI, shared his experience of the capacity building training, designed by UNIDO, that spanned five countries and covered 17 technical modules.
“I learned different things that I have never learned in my country, like how to overhaul an engine and what are the steps to take before doing the overhauling and the measurement. I look forward to passing on this knowledge to my students.” – Simeone Lissa, Instructor, GTI Freetown Polytechnic
Learn more about the capacity building training and how empowering instructors to adopt innovative teaching methods enhances the quality of education, ensuring students are equipped with industry-relevant skills to succeed in Sierra Leone’s automotive industry.