Two training courses for electromechanics and mechanics from wood industry companies took place in Gabon last December.
These were continuing vocational training modules developed and delivered by trainers from the Center for Professional Specialization (CSP) in Port-Gentil. These trainers were already specialized in electricity and mechanics, and they were trained by the experts of the ADEFAC project in the training of adults (andragogy) and the use of the skills-based approach (APC) in the development of training.
Six electro-mechanics from four companies (one from Lastourville and three from Port-Gentil) took part in the three-day training course on "Electrical diagrams & diagnostic of breakdown”. Six mechanics from three companies also participated in a five-day course on “Fundamentals of Mechanics”.
Credit : ATIBT
Continuing vocational training is particularly interesting for companies in the forest-wood sector, where the majority of employees are still trained on the job. This counts for forestry and/or industrial companies as well as for small businesses and craftsmen. Adapted training courses lasting only a few days make it possible, among other things, to reinforce theory and gestures, and thus improve understanding of why and how to better perform a professional task.
The testimonies of participants in the two training courses at the CSP in Port-Gentil confirm this:
"I thought I knew everything and finally in this training, I learned a lot". The electromechanic claimed, among other things, that he made fault finding errors with the contactors.
"I was not doing well with diagrams and drawings and now I'm much better with reading them".
“I learned a lot during this training, and it will help me. Now I will be able to share with my colleagues”.
During the training on the fundamentals of mechanics, the participants learned, among other things, not to confuse the greasing operation with the lubrication operation. The participants also realized that they had no procedure before doing a mechanical intervention and that this course was very helpful to them.
They stressed that this kind of training must continue.
In 2023, other training centers in Gabon and in the other target countries of the ADEFAC project will also organize continuing vocational training sessions in the various fields requested by the private sector. The dates and topics of the training sessions will be announced in this newsletter and via the professional organizations in the wood sector.
Credit : ATIBT
As a reminder: the Support Project for the Development of a Continuing Vocational Training Offer in the Forest and Wood Sector in Central Africa (ADEFAC) is implemented jointly by RIFFEAC and ATIBT. It is funded by the French Development Agency (AFD) and has a duration of five years (2020-2024). The target countries of the project are Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.