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Workshop on Scaling-Up HDECoVA Good Practices

June 1, 2017, Addis Ababa

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), through its Public Private Development Partnership model (PPDP) in collaboration with Volvo, a global company manufacturing heavy duty construction equipment and transport trucks, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and Selam Children’s Village (SCV) has established a pilot scale and fully operational training academy for heavy duty equipment and commercial vehicles maintenance in Addis Ababa. The project aims at improving Ethiopian youth’s access to gainful employment opportunities in advanced commercial vehicle maintenance through high-tech training and thereby to contribute to the poverty reduction effort in the country.

The Heavy Duty Equipment and Commercial Vehicles Academy, HDECoVA has been providing training from level I to level IV with international standards of quality based on international experience and with a well-equipped modern workshop infrastructure and appropriate curricula. The training programs have also been developed in consultation with experts in the industry to ensure the quality of the training that effectively responds to the needs of the industry. Currently, the academy is producing highly valued service technician in the heavy duty equipment and commercial vehicles industry. The PPDP model is an effective way for transforming the vocational technical training system in developing countries and it has attracted a lot of interest from different entities.

With the view of expanding the best practices and experiences obtained from the training academy by providing support to other technical and vocational schools and to bring about institutional change in the vocational training system in Ethiopia, a one day workshop with 48 participants was organized on May 30, 2017, involving representatives from the Federal TVET Agency, Addis Ababa TVET Agency, representatives from TVET colleges as well as experts from UNIDO. The workshop focused on identifying how HDECoVA good practices can be adopted by other TVET schools. Annex 1 presents the detailed programme of the workshop.

TVET college deans and automotive department heads from thirteen TVET colleges both from Addis Ababa and regions participated. Based on the outcomes of the workshop a joint action plan is specified in this document. The joint action plan will be implemented in the coming months.