The first autonomous training courses run by ADEFAC-trained trainers were launched in December 2022.
The overall aim of the ADEFAC project, supported by RIFFEAC and ATIBT, is to improve the employability and qualifications of players in the forestry-wood industry, in order to contribute to the sustainable management of the Congo Basin's forests.
After 4 years of implementation, nearly 180 male and female trainers have been trained to develop training modules that meet market needs. The skills they have acquired enable them to build training modules on themes identified and validated by companies in the forestry-wood sector in Cameroon, Congo, Gabon and the DRC, and to run training sessions for adults using the competency-based approach.
The project's partner vocational training institutions have been strengthened in their ability to provide continuing vocational training independently of their core business, which is initial training.
With this in mind, ENEF Mbalmayo has organized a continuing education course on the theme of "negotiating social clauses", with two trainers, one of whom is a woman, trained in 2021 in the skills approach and andragogy. This continuing professional development program meets a need to equip social managers, forestry sociologists and mediators to negotiate social clauses with local communities.
The continuing vocational training workshop took place at ENEF Mbalmayo from January 16 to 19, and was attended by some fifteen staff from major forestry companies in Cameroon and Congo.
The training fees for these first autonomous courses are free of charge, as they are financed by the project, but companies are required to pay a registration fee of 30,000 frs per participant.
This training course on negotiating social clauses was highly appreciated by participants for the relevance of the topic, the quality of the trainers, and the exchanges and sharing between players from different organizations.
At least a dozen training courses of this kind will be deployed in the 4 project countries over the course of 2024.