MIDRAND, South Africa, 10 November 2012 – Welding instructors from three vocational schools in Liberia have successfully completed instructor training courses in South Africa thanks to the support provided to a UNIDO project by Lincoln Electric, a US multinational company.
The training provided to the Liberian welding instructors is a contribution to the UNIDO project which is upgrading vocational training infrastructure in Liberia in order to meet the needs of the country’s expanding modern industrial sector. The project, which is funded by the Government of Japan, focuses on employment generation for Liberia’s youth in the context of a rapid growth in agriculture, forestry, mining, manufacturing and services industries in this region of West Africa.
The project’s core activities are concentrated at the Grand Bassa Community College in Buchanan, the third largest city in Liberia. The college’s facilities are being modernized, and a comprehensive training programme is enhancing the skills of existing instructors so that they can deliver courses in welding and fabrication, heavy equipment mechanics and maintenance operations.
Lincoln Electric’s support has enabled the project to equip training facilities to the highest standards. The complimentary training for the project’s welding instructors, which took place at Lincoln Electric South Africa’s facilities in Midrand, South Africa, has provided the project’s trainers not only with the skills required to deliver the comprehensive training programme back in Liberia, but the enthusiasm and determination to deliver a successful project.
Lincoln Electric, which has its headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, is a leading global manufacturer of welding products, arc welding equipment, welding consumables, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and robotic welding systems. The company has been developing ties with UNIDO since WorldSkills London 2011, an international skills, competition and careers event held in October 2011. Worldskills is a biennial event that promotes the importance of vocational skills in economic and individual success.
Lincoln Electric and UNIDO hope that their collaboration on the project will help the first individuals from Liberia to participate in the next WorldSkills event taking place in Leipzig, Germany, in July 2013.
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