The first class of students from a vocational training program is set to graduate after three years of studying to become vehicle technicians.
The training program was arranged by Volvo, the Swedish International Development Cooperation and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in Ethiopia.
The Volvo Group sells construction equipment and trucks in Ethiopia. Because local schools couldn’t train enough technicians and operators, there was a shortage of people with the right training to maintain and service their vehicles.
"For Volvo, this investment ensures us access to the expertise that we require to grow in the Ethiopia. In parallel, the students who have completed the vehicle technician program gain a better opportunity to support themselves and contribute to the country's growth,” Niklas Gustafsson, chief sustainability officer at the Volvo Group, said.
The students in the program received training in work ethics, theory and practical work. Volvo hopes that the school will help meet Ethiopia's requirements for new technicians while at the same time helping the local economy and the local workforce.
“By educating a local workforce, we generate value for both our business and for the community in which the Volvo Group operates," Gustafsson said.