Volvo Trucks South Africa welcomed 36 new technical apprentices this year to address the ongoing skills shortage in the local transport industry. Notably, four of the apprentices are female, a number the company wishes to increase considerably in the future.
“In order to continuously move the needle on diversity and inclusion, we provide employees and, in this case, apprentices, the chance to master inclusive skills,” said Waldemar Christensen, MD of Volvo Trucks South Africa.
He said in a statement during the selection process, Volvo Trucks worked closely with technical colleges across South Africa to ensure it reached candidates with the right skill sets and passion for what they do. Christensen said the company has a well-planned curriculum that takes technicians on a journey from the basics, to becoming a component repair specialist or a specialist diagnostic repair technician.
The journey is supported by a range of online and practical training courses, as well as experiential training at Volvo Trucks’ local dealerships. It also includes training on all of Volvo Trucks’ latest technologies and innovations.
“Aftermarket forms the backbone of our customers’ success. They rely on us to service, repair and to thereby extend their competitive advantage over other operators,” said Christensen.
“A qualified technician, offering a professional service with original OEM parts to our customers, will reduce downtime significantly, thereby making our customers more successful and keep them operating optimally.”