The Volvo Group is starting a training programme for truck drivers in Morocco – the second driver training school in Africa that the group is involved in. The aim of the schools is to increase traffic safety and reduce the number of fatal road accidents.
The need for well-trained, certified truck drivers in Morocco is growing. The country wants to strengthen its position as a regional transport hub, but at the same time it has major problems with traffic accidents and deaths on the road.
The school will be located in Casablanca, the largest city in Morocco, and is a collaboration between the Volvo Group, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the American development agency, USAID. An official ceremony was recently held to launch the project and the first students are expected to start their training at the beginning of next year.
“We are proud to be involved in the project and to help the Moroccan government with this important issue. By training local people, we are supporting sustainable growth in the countries where the Volvo Group does business,” says Johan Reiman, who is responsible for apprenticeships and driver training within the group in Africa.
The plan is to train around 500 professional drivers over the next four years in subjects such as safe and fuel-efficient driving. The Volvo Group is providing vehicles, equipment and teacher training and Volvo Group companies such as Volvo Trucks, Volvo Buses and Renault Trucks are co-operating on the training programme.