LKDF Newsletter May 2019


1. Five Years HDECoVA in Ethiopia

2. H2O Maghreb Inauguration in Morocco

3. New Knowledge Partner: Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

4. International Women's Day

Five Years HDECoVA in Ethiopia

The Heavy Duty Equipment and Commercial Vehicles Academy (HDECoVA) is a state of the art vocational training centre for machine technicians – the first of its kind in Ethiopia.

Volvo Group, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Selam Technical and Vocational College in Addis Ababa partnered to establishing HDECoVA. Launched in 2012, the project aims to prepare young people for future livelihoods and facilitate access to employment opportunities.

HDECoVA has an excellent reputation among prospective students, witnessed in the high number of applications (300+) each year. With an effective apprenticeship programme and a theory-to-practice ratio improved to 30:70, the Academy is open to applicants irrespective of their background. Notably, HDECoVA has developed a best practice approach to involving women in a male-dominated occupation. In fact, women made up 40% of the student intakes in the 2014-2016 batches and with an average female enrollment rate of 18%, HDECoVA's figures are at highest international level.

The success of the project highlights the big potential of the private sector for both, the direct beneficiaries and the growth of the local economy. It clearly demonstrates that involving the private sector actively as a core partner raises significantly the quality of the results. There are important lessons to be learned from the HDECoVA project, the main lesson being that the public private development partnership (PPDP) approach to vocational training is an effective way of producing desired results with benefits to all partners. The project has managed to successfully integrate the inputs from the four partners in a complementary manner, while the Government of Ethiopia has contributed at the policy level. To find out more about what makes HDECoVA special and to read about other lessons learned in detail, please click below.

H2O Maghreb Inauguration in Morocco

The H2O Maghreb project, a public-private partnership initiative by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), FESTO Didactic, EON Reality, Morocco’s State Secretariat in charge of Vocational Training, and Morocco’s National Office for Drinking Water and Electricity (ONEE), aims to improve industrial and municipal waste water management practices in Morocco, as well as the rest of the Maghreb region in an inclusive and sustainable way.

To achieve the intended objectives, all project partners were brought together for an inauguration of the program’s newly operational training facilities at the International Institute of Water and Sanitation (IEA) premises in Rabat. Throughout the event, trainers presented the training to the participants, while H2O’s first batch of students, who began their training in November 2018 and will finish in April 2019, used the opportunity to demonstrate the newly acquired skills.

Ms. Brooke Isham, USAID Mission Director in Rabat, noted: “USAID is delighted to support this program to improve water and waste management practices. We are equally delighted that this program will enhance youth employability in Morocco.”

Mr. Abderrahim El Hafidi, the Director General of ONEE, added: “This programme aims at improving skills and employability in the water sector. To that end, H2O Maghreb should be considered both as a place where knowledge is capitalized upon, and as a quest for excellency.”

Click here to watch a video from the inauguration of the training facilities.

13 March 2019 Rabat, Morocco

Here is what trainees have to say about the H2O Maghreb Programme

New Knowledge Partner: Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

In January 2019, the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO joined the LKDF as a knowledge partner. The school will contribute to the LKDF by sharing its knowledge and materials on topics such as Big Data, digital technologies, collaboration between industries and vocational training centers, and training methods. Furthermore, Skolkovo is looking forward to collaborating with the LKDF partners in research activities.

Watch below Pavel Bilenko, Head of Industry 4.0 Educational Programmes, talk about the essential technical skills to meet industry needs in the coming years, the impact of new technologies on training processes, and co-creation of curricula.

International Women's Day

The Public-Private Development Partnerships (PPDPs) in Morocco and Zambia celebrated International Women's Day on March 8th:

At the Heavy Duty Equipment and Commercial Vehicles Academy (AGEVEC) in Morocco, four senior Volvo Group & Services Machinery Trucks (SMT) professionals offered to 150+ students their advice on building a career as a woman in the heavy machinery sector.
At the H2O Maghreb Labs in Morocco, five senior ONEE professionals offered students their advice on building a career as a woman in the water sector.

The students of the Zambian Industrial Training Academy (ZAMITA) talking about women empowerment and promoting gender equality in a male-dominated course.

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