Caterpillar launches e-learning website for Africa’s future technicians

Caterpillar launches e-learning website for Africa’s future technicians

An e-learning website for people who aspire to become technicians in Africa was launched this week by Caterpillar, and the Technicians for Africa Project’s pilot phase will initially target Nigeria, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The website, which is available in French, Portuguese and English, is leveraging Caterpillar’s existing, state of the art e-learning solutions and makes them available for anyone in the three countries that has the ambition to develop a career as a heavy equipment technician.

“This is just one of the ways that we are looking to boost the skills in the industry as a whole,” David Picard, regional manager responsible for Caterpillar’s distribution in Africa, said in a statement.

“There is a vital need for skilled labour across these sectors in Africa. We are proud to see the launch of this initiative,” Picard added.

“Many school leavers are unable to enter the job market because they have been unable to receive enough technical knowledge when they leave school,” Maurice Manders, Caterpillar’s Learning and Development Manager and also team leader of the e-learning project.

“In schools, the latest technical information isn’t always available. Offering an Internet-based basic learning curriculum that is available to schools and students is an efficient solution to this challenge,” he added.

The access to the basic Caterpillar Technician curriculum is free. Those who register for the curriculum will have the opportunity to upgrade their knowledge and upon successful completion of the curriculum, will earn a certificate of completion.

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