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Iraqi nationals receive internationally recognized certification from UNIDO-supported vocational training centre

July 17, 2017, ERBIL

A significant achievement was made last week as a the Swedish Academy for Training (SAT), a UNIDO-supported vocational training centre in Erbil, the capital city of Kurdistan Region in Iraq, has received the accreditation to deliver internationally recognized courses in forklift truck operations.

Following in-depth audit by the United Kingdom-based accredited curriculum provider Lantra, SAT received an ‘Approved Lantra Provider’ certificate, making it the first provider of Lantra courses in the Middle East region. Graduating from a Lantra-certified course can help young job seekers find employment, especially with international companies, as employers can be confident that candidates have proven working ability and workplace safety awareness.

Lantra performed a comprehensive inspection of the SAT vocational training centre, including the training area, the equipment and the building, to ensure that it met the standards for a safe and professional learning environment. Instructors were also interviewed and observed while delivering the course.

Auditor George Walton observed a well-rehearsed and clear structure for the class that enabled all students to progress together.  He added that, “It was impressive to watch their confidence grow as a direct result of the professional connection made between the trainers and learners.”

The full audit of the Academy and the Lantra certification mark the culmination of a UNIDO project, which began in 2016 with assistance from the Government of Japan, to develop Iraq’s capacity to train internally displaced youth, refugees, and host communities so they can find employment. The project included, among others, the installation of equipment and machinery, the creation of an operations and policy manual, the completion of a train-the-trainer course, and the establishment of Learning and Development qualifications.

The SAT was set up by UNIDO in partnership with Scania, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), international education specialists Education First, and the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

Read the Arabic version of this press release here.

For further information, please contact:

Gerald Cirilo Reyes

Programme Specialist/Team Leader

UNIDO Agro-Industries Technology Division

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