Caterpillar, a global manufacturer of heavy equipment is running a pilot of the Technicians for Africa Project, an e-learning website for aspiring technicians in Nigeria.
Apart from Nigeria, the pilot will also run in Mozambique and DR Congo, Caterpillar says.
The website, which is available in French, Portuguese and English, leverages Caterpillar’s existing e-learning solutions and makes them available for anyone in the three countries.
Caterpillar says it has the ambition to help users of the e-learning project develop a career as a heavy equipment Technician.
David Picard, Regional Manager responsible for Caterpillar’s distribution in Africa says the project will assist in skill development for technicians.
According to Caterpillar’s Picard, “this is just one of the ways that we’re looking to boost the skills in the industry as a whole. There is a vital need for skilled labour across these sectors in Africa. We are proud to see the launch of this initiative.”
The pilot websites in English, French and Portuguese have already been launched and during the pilot stage they will be available in Nigeria, DR Congo and Mozambique the company announced.
Under the plan, the access to the basic Caterpillar Technician curriculum is free. Those who register for the curriculum will have the opportunity to upgrade their knowledge and upon successful completion of the curriculum, will earn a certificate of completion.
“Many school leavers are unable to enter the job market because they have been unable to receive enough technical knowledge when they leave school”, says Maurice Manders, Caterpillar’s Learning and Development Manager.
“In schools, the latest technical information isn’t always available”, says Manders who also doubles as team leader of the e-learning project.
“Offering an Internet-based basic learning curriculum that is available to schools and students is an efficient solution to this challenge”, according to Caterpillar.