Abidjan, Ivory Coast: Eight local students are celebrating after becoming the first graduates of the ‘Aggreko University’ Technical Training Programme, a ground-breaking initiative to develop the next generation of energy sector professionals. The new graduates were then treated to another surprise, when they were told they had all been offered permanent positions with Aggreko across its worldwide operations.
The ‘Aggreko University’ Technical Training Program is an initiative of the world leading interim power services company Aggreko, in conjunction with CI-Energies, the national utility of Ivory Coast. The Programme is designed to develop high-calibre, young Ivoirians by providing practical experience across Africa, backed by a professional qualification. It is the first time the course has been run in the Ivory Coast and is part of Aggreko’s longer term investment in Africa.
The successful students, who beat 300 other applicants to qualify, received their awards and job offers at a ceremony in the capital, Abidjan attended by Marc Vatel, Head of Operations, Aggreko North and West Africa, and Amidou Traore, Director General, CI-Energies.
“We are confident that these eight young graduates will contribute significantly to the development of the power sector and energy industry in Ivory Coast. By creating these opportunities, Aggreko is investing in the wider social development of the country,” commented Marc Vatel, Head of Operations, Aggreko North and West Africa. “This initiative has shown that public and private partnership are not only about business, they are about building a legacy for the country.”
“The success of this programme is a great example of how public institutions and private enterprise can work together to bring real value to local communities,” commented Amidou Traore, Director General, CI-Energies. “We now have eight highly-qualified and motivated young Ivoirians who will play an important role in the foundation of our future energy industry.
The programme for the eight graduates consisted of a summer module followed by a seven month intensive training syllabus. The students were introduced to Aggreko and its operating procedures and facilities, incorporating advanced technical, engineering and project operations modules. The training was delivered through a blend of classroom based learning and hands-on experience gained at operational sites in Ivory Coast, Gabon, Senegal, Madagascar and Niger.
Speaking about his experiences, Roger Agnimou, one of the eight students, said, “This has been an amazing experience. I have now travelled in Africa and learnt first-hand how the sector works across, I have been trained by Aggreko experts from Scotland and Dubai and now I have the job I want with the global industry leader. The opportunities I now have available to me are unlimited.”
Aggreko has maintained a presence in Cote d’Ivoire since 2010 and currently provides 200 MW of power to the country.