is the key
THE VOLVO GROUP is increasingly trying to
support vocational training. In many markets,
the shortage of skilled technicians and drivers is
a serious threat to business.
In Ethiopia, the Volvo Group works with
two local partners – EBG, which imports Volvo
Trucks and Volvo Construction Equipment, and
Nyala Motors, a specialist in UD Trucks. For
both dealerships, it is important to be able to
provide high-quality service and maintenance,
so the establishment of
the specialised school for
technicians at Selam has
been important to them. So
far, EBG has recruited nine
technicians from Selam,
and Nyala Motors four.
training makes good
business sense to us. At
the same time, it feels
great to know that this is also a way to make
a difference in low-income countries with high
youth unemployment, such as Ethiopia,” says
Johan Reiman, Manager CSR Projects.
CURRENTLY, THE VOLVO GROUP is involved
in three programmes to train technicians, in
Ethiopia, Morocco and Zambia. In addition, a
school for commercial drivers has just been
established in Ethiopia and another will be
launched in Morocco later this year.
The goal is to expand to at least ten
countries, but it takes time to identify the
right markets and partners. Apart from the
organisations involved in the Selam project –
UNIDO and Sida – the Volvo Group is working
closely with the American governmental agency
USAid in Morocco.
“The Volvo Group contributes its expertise,
for example by training the teachers. We also
supply equipment, including engines, complete
trucks and machines. This, in combination
with internships at dealers, give the students a
chance to train in a modern environment,” says
Nations Industrial Development Organization
(UNIDO), the Swedish development authority,
Sida, and the Volvo Group, with Volvo
Construction Equipment initially playing the
Asmeret Gebrekidan, who is department
coordinator at the school, feels the programme
has been hugely successful.
“It’s a very good partnership between us and
UNIDO, Sida and the Volvo Group. They have
provided us with equipment and training and we
run the programme in our facilities,” she says.
HANNA NIGUSSIE WAS among the first to
graduate from the school in 2015. Currently
some 70 students have completed the course and
most of them have found jobs.
Hanna Nigussie first worked at a truck
dealership before returning to the school to
“I really like my job. It feels great to see the
students grow and learn more and more,” she
about valves and
injectors using a
Volvo D13 engine.
The Selam Technical
& Vocational Centre
is well-equipped with
trucks, so lessons can
be more hands-on.
Some 70 students
so far, with 53
in the programme.
19% of the
serves as a role
model for other
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