Investing in the technicians of tomorrow
Iveco and engine manufacturer Fiat Powertrain Technologies (both divisions of CNH Industrial), have launched the second TechPro2 programme in partnership with Don Bosco Educational Projects in Ennerdale, Johannesburg. The programme trains local youth as technicians and has now received a new workshop and engines sponsored by CNH Industrial.
Ten students are participating in this programme, which will run for a year and provides technical training to the participants. After completing the course, students are presented with an officially recognised diploma.
“This project is one of Iveco South Africa’s most important sustainability projects. It also creates a pool of talent for Iveco,” says Daniela Ropolo, EMEA sustainable development initiatives manager at Iveco.
The programme was launched in 2012 with six students. All these students graduated in June 2016 and were placed in internships to complete their practical work experience, which forms part of the course. Five were employed at Iveco.
CNH Industrial also educates instructors who will then train the students. It provides manuals and booklets, as well as uniforms for the students to wear when at work.
“We are in the business of training people, not only professionals,” says Ropolo. The company spent US$ 860 million (R10 billion) on training and research programmes in 2016. Training programmes like TechPro2 alone received US$ 4,8 million (R60 million) in 2016.
Similar TechPro2 programmes are run in countries across the globe including Argentina, Brazil, India, Italy and Poland.