Partnership to Promote Technician Training in Africa

In an attempt to remedy the shortage of skilled technicians in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE), Sida, UNIDO and Selam Technical and Vocational College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia have designed a pilot project to train 30 technicians each year in Ethiopia.

Sida funds the training and capacity building, Selam Vocational College provides training facilities, UNIDO oversees the project and Volvo CE provides the know-how and equipment.

Partnership to Promote Technician Training in Africa

A lack of well-trained machine technicians is a serious problem in much of Africa and has meant that equipment dealers operating in countries like Ethiopia are often forced to hire expatriate technicians, rather than invest in local workers who would remain in the country permanently – and keep more money in the local economy. The few technicians who are local often have had inadequate training, as many technical schools in these countries use outmoded equipment – sometimes dating back to the 1970s or 1980s. To tackle this, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has partnered with Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) to support and modernize a technical school in Ethiopia. Volvo CE will take a hands-on approach with a project at Selam Technical and Vocational College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, providing new equipment, training materials, teacher training, ongoing curriculum development and apprenticeship opportunities for students. UNIDO will support administration and monitoring.

The project provides resources to build a new education facility to train 25 -30 high school students per year. The training will be for four years and will include courses in English and Information Technology. This initiative at Selam School will be the first state of the art vocational training for heavy machinery in Ethiopia that will be open irrespective of what background the applicants come from. The students in training will access modern machinery, otherwise scarce opportunities in Ethiopia. The total calculated project cost is USD 6,8 million with contribution of Volvo (USD 2.8m), Selam (USD 340,072), UNIDO (USD 200,000 USD) and SIDA (USD 3.4 million).

The Volvo Group will introduce vocational training schools in ten African countries over a period of five years, commencing in 2014. The schools will be the continuation of this pilot project that Volvo Construction Equipment conducted in partnership with SIDA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Group’s contribution to the vocational trainings will be around EUR 3 million.


  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)

    Funding Agencies
    Sweden | Staff size: 501-1000

    Swedish development cooperation is part of a global cooperation in which Sweden is one of many participants. In order to carry out its work, Sida cooperates with Swedish government agencies,...

  • Volvo Construction Equipment

    Goods Supplier
    Belgium | Staff size: 501-1000

    Volvo Construction Equipment is part of the Volvo Group Business that manufactures and sells heavy construction equipment.

    Customers are using Volvo machines in quarries &...

  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization...

  • Selam Technical & Vocational Center (STVC)

    Implementing NGO
    Ethiopia | Staff size: 6-25

    Selam Technical & Vocational Center (STVC) is an extension of Selam Children’s Village. Since its establishment 11 years ago, it has grown to a well equipped and organized training...

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Key Information

LocationEthiopia, Eastern Africa
  • Start Date 2013
ValueEUR 6.8 Million