College of the Rockies has been selected to lead one of College and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) Improving Skills Training for Employment programs (ISTEP) in Tanzania. The College will work in partnership with Camosun College and Mwanza Regional Vocational Training and Service Centre in Tanzania.
The ISTEP initiative, funded by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, aims to improve the ability of Tanzanian technical and vocational training institutions to deliver effective skills training programs. The focus of the project will be heavy duty equipment mechanics for the mining industry as well as other sectors that can strengthen the economy of Tanzania.
College of the Rockies and Camosun College will both contribute project management personnel as well as heavy duty trades instructors to the project. The Colleges will offer technical training and guidance in order to ensure that the curriculum delivered addresses the needs of the region. Cutting edge technologies, processes, methods and future trends will also be incorporated into the program design and management.
Master Trainers in Tanzania and Canada will be trained by College of the Rockies to provide heavy duty mechanics instruction and to meet and exceed industry health and safety standards. The College will work with Mwanza Regional Vocational Training and Service Centre to acquire the tools and equipment needed to support this advanced training, with support from the Government of Canada.
“This project builds upon our recent work in Tanzania: a three-year partnership with the Mineral Resources Institute in Dodoma aimed at improving training and programs in mining, information technology, competency-based education and short course development,” says College of the Rockies Manager, International Projects and Partnerships Moritz Schmidt. “In three years, at the conclusion of ISTEP, our partner college will have strengthened its ability to train community members to the highest global standards and those community members will be prepared to pursue high-paying Trades jobs.”
Initial planning for the project will begin in Tanzania in mid-April with a full-launch of project activities taking place in late summer or early fall.
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