Ms Merapelo Neo Maruatona joined the VDMA Educational Policy team in January 2018. Based in Gaborone, Botswana, she supports the local training project under the auspices of VDMA's "Skilled Workers for Africa" initiative. This article is written in English, as this is the official business language of Botswana.
By Merapelo Neo Maruatona, recorded by Dr. Norbert Völker
For the past three years, VDMA has been involved in establishing vocational training centers
in sub-Saharan Africa. In Nigeria, a project is currently being implemented in which interested
parties can actively participate in the project with a donation.
The largest German industry association VDMA and the Kenyan technology service provider Centurion have launched a joint project to support the Kenyan food processing industry by providing training and sharing expert advice and experience.
In February 2018, the first training courses of VDMA’s technical vocational training project in Kenya will start. VDMA is implementing these courses in Kenya within the framework of its “Skilled Workers for Africa” Initiative. Following the successful project Kick-off event in October 2017, VDMA and its local partner training center - Centurion Systems Limited - presented the training program at a Stakeholder workshop in Nairobi.
The VDMA maintains a diverse range of services and advice for its member companies, but also for universities and media representatives in the field of science policy and engineering studies. Here is an overview of our services for these three groups.
The core of the VDMA-Initiative is to offer technical vocational education and further training for skilled workers which is geared towards the needs of the local industry in cooperation with local partners, organizations and the private sector.
Interested companies can participate in the initiative in a variety of ways - for instance:
by making use of the training program, by providing equipment or by organizing study tours
or training the trainers / instructors.
Based on a close cooperation with the Botswana Ministry of Education, we are paving the way for technical vocational education and training in the areas of control technology, hydraulics and mechatronics
The food market in Kenya is developing at a rapid pace. With a practice-oriented vocational education program and further technical training for the employees of the Kenyan food industry, VDMA- Initiative makes an important contribution to meeting the high demand for
qualified skilled workers in this sector.
Together with the Dangote Group, VDMA is establishing a training center in Obajana, which focuses on technical vocational education and training in the fields of mechanics, electronics and mechatronics. The training is based on the German model of dual track education system.