Leveraging its international experience in technical vocational training, UNIDO is responsible for the overall project management and implementation, ensuring the Academy’s smooth delivery.
Volvo provides new equipment, training material, teacher training, ongoing curriculum development and apprenticeship opportunities for students. The Selam Vocational Training College is the project owner and manages administration of the academy, recruitment of teachers and the selection of students.
The initiative at Selam Vocational Training College is the first state-of-the-art vocational training for heavy machinery in Ethiopia that is open to applicants irrespective of their background.
“Normally in other academies or polytechnics the educational system is focused on theoretical aspects. When you visit most of the schools, there is no enough machinery and equipment for hands-on things,” says Tesfaye Zenebe, General Manager of the Selam Vocational School.
The facility trains 25-30 high school students per year. The four-year training includes, inter alia, courses in English and information technology. In addition, more than 100 local technicians benefit annually from short-term skill upgrading trainings held at the academy.
The new trainee, Hanna Negussie, is already thinking ahead. “My future plan is to open my own business, but before that I want to learn as much as I can and get experience working in a big company.”