Thursday, 06 September 2012

First graduates honoured at Swedish training Academy in Iraq

ERBIL, Iraq, 6 September 2012 - Ninety eight students graduated today from the Swedish Academy for Training in Erbil, in Northern Iraq.

This was the first class to graduate from the newly-established Academy, which focuses on promoting job creation for youth within the sector of heavy equipment repair, such as truck mechanics, and offers instruction in general computer application skills and English language. The Academy has partnered with UK-based Education First, which provides it with an e-learning platform for language training, and has received state-of-the-art training equipment from Scania.

The Academy is a collaboration between the Swedish Government, the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq, the Swedish truck and bus manufacturer Scania and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). 

At the graduation ceremony, Scania-Iraq Country Manager Gustaf Sundell praised the graduates in mechanics on their results and surprised the audience by issuing three-months paid internships at Scania-Iraq to three top mechanics graduates. Many graduates from the computer and mechanics courses have already found jobs in local companies.

Asos Najeeb Abdullah, the Minister for Labour and Social Affairs, reiterated the Kurdish Regional Governments’ focus on job creation, and welcomed the close collaboration with private industry. She also thanked the Swedish Government and UNIDO for their support.

For more information on the Academy, please contact:

Chakib Jenane
Deputy Director, UNIDO Agribusiness Branch

For more information on UNIDO, please contact:

Mikhail Evstafyev
UNIDO Advocacy and Communications Coordinator
Telephone: (+43-1) 26026-5021, Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-7329

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