3 July 2013 – Emergency and temporary power supplier Aggreko has launched its inaugural technical training programme in Abidjan. The Aggreko University began earlier in 2013 when 100 graduates were selected from the more than 300 respondents who applied to the programme. The shortlisted students were invited to Abidjan on the 29th of May to attend the university open day. From this group a further selection was made of the most promising 15 students who were chosen to attend the Summer Module which began in June 2013.

The Summer Module will see the students complete an intensive four week programme in which they will be introduced to the Aggreko business and learn the fundamental aspects of operating and working within one of the company’s facility. At the conclusion of the four weeks the group will be further reduced to six students who will then move into the final stage of the programme.

In September 2013 the six selected students will begin a 12 month intensive training syllabus incorporating advanced technical, engineering and project operations modules. Theoretical training will take place in a classroom environment, while a large portion of the programme will involve hands-on training at operational project sites. Upon completion of the programme, graduates will be eligible for fast-track employment opportunities within Aggreko in technical and project operations positions in the Ivory Coast and potentially other locations in Aggreko’s network of international power projects.

“Highly trained technical staff is the foundation of our global operations. By identifying high-potential local talent and fast-tracking them through the Aggreko University programme we are able to ensure we have a source of highly competent future leaders for our projects business. It is also an essential element in developing a strong local workforce and providing excellent career opportunities to people within the communities in which we operate,” Laura Dumoulin-Minguet, head of human resources, Aggreko North and West Africa, says.

“The Aggreko University is a great initiative that will help to build up a solid base of well trained and experienced electrical and mechanical technicians within Ivory Coast,” Amidou Traore, director general, CI-Energies, says.

“This programme will see Aggreko and CI-Energies working together to develop the next generation of energy industry professionals for Ivory Coast,” Christophe Jacquin, managing director, Aggreko North and West Africa, says.