50 Trainees Of GROHE’s GIVE Programme For Young Installers Graduate
Some 50 students from the Accra Technical Training Centre (ATTC), who were trained under the GROHE Installer Vocational Training and Education (GIVE) Programme, have graduated after a three-week intensive programme in Accra.
They are the second batch of trainees to graduate after the first group, since the inception of the programme in 2021,which was instituted to provide technical training to young professionals across the country.
Beneficiaries were trained in Grohe thermostats, Grohe rapido smart box system, Grohe installation systems, Grohe sensia area shower toilet, touchless taps and Grohe one and two hand mixers.
At the graduation ceremony at the centre on Friday February 10, attended by teachers, parents of beneficiary students, Leader North and West Africa, LIXIL EMENA, Antoine Kaissar said his outfit is committed to making great impact on plumbing industries globally.
He said that giving back to society is also very important aspect of their work hence their coming to the centre to impact knowledge.
“As a global top brand for sanitary solutions, we’re committed to making a positive impact on plumbing industries around the world. Hence, the development of our GROHE GIVE Program, where we spearhead a knowledge revolution in sanitary and bathroom solutions. The GIVE Program,” he explained.
He continued, “Besides initiatives like ‘LIXIL goes ZERO’ and ‘Less Plastic’, where we advocate resource conservation and sustainable consumption, the social dimension is an integral part of our sustainability strategy. As the program’s name implies, giving back to society is vital for us at GROHE.”
Leader, GIVE Program, LIXIL EMENA Christopher Penney also added that the programme is designed to equip trainees with the necessary skill and training to prepare them for the future and the plumbing industry.
“The GROHE-GIVE Program’s curriculum is practical oriented and designed to teach students the specialties, subspecialties and intricacies of plumbing.
This will ensure that they are capable of installing and maintaining our expanding product range before they embark on their future careers in the plumbing industry.
It gives me great pleasure to see our first 50 trainers officially graduate in Ghana – a testament to our commitment to countervail the shortage of skilled installers in the sanitary industry while also giving back to society and offering young people an exciting start to their careers,” he said.
The programme is aimed at upgrading the level of technical expertise in Ghana’s plumbing industry and equipping the young generation of plumbers with requisite skills, knowledge and insights.
It also creates a uniform approach with modern equipment, training materials and written examination that will set new industry standards.
By the end of the three-year project, the Academy will be looking forward to train some 900 beneficiaries and create several decent incomes.
The Principal of Accra Technical Training Centre, Arko Dometey, said the project, which is a partnership between the Centre and GROHE, started after a feasibility study in 2020 by the Delegation of German Commerce and Industry for GIZ Ghana, with a focus on the demand and capacity to establish a waterworks or plumbing showroom and training centre in Accra.
According to him, the study showed a vast gap in the Ghanaian water and wastewater sector which could be solved by TVET measures following which ATTC was chosen as the best place.
After this, GIVE Program was launched in Ghana in 2021 to help improve training within the plumbing and sanitary industry. The company set up a fully functioning training environment, at ATTC where the students could benefit from the brands vast expertise.
This birthed the GROHE Training Academy at the Plumbing Department “In order to help bridge the gap in the plumbing industry and also no train students and people in industry about new technology being used in plumbing works.”
He said collaborations such as this is serves as prerequisite measure, critical and useful in the ever changing world where new things evolve always so that people with or without technical skills can be trained or upgraded to meet standards and needs.
He encouraged the general public to enroll their wards and also people who are already in the industry to take advantage, in the training to equip them in their field of endevours. According to him, trainees do not need to be students of ATTC.
“As we are here to witness the closing ceremony, this is the time for those who have lost hope and are pessimist about competent level of Ghanaian technicians, to take advantage to get trained.”
After the three-year project, GROHE Training Academy will be expected to leave the facility for the Ghanaian teachers to continue to impart knowledge into the young generation.
“It is a three-year project. So every year, they will come and update the skills of teachers so the whole idea is to train, build capacity of teachers, build capacity of students and equip the department so that the department can have modern state-of-the art equipment.
After the three years, we should be able to stand on our feet and still be capable with or without them as Ghanaians manage our sanitary appliances,” Mr.Dometey explained.
While thanking the Academy for their immense support, the Principal promised the centre will at all times put the resources invested into good use.
The GIVE programme in Ghana is supported by Invest for Jobs, an initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation & Development (BMZ), as well as the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana (AHK), by providing advisory and the hiring of local teachers at ATTC.
It is the vision of GROHE GIVE Program team to establish a second academy in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi, to train others in the middle sector.