Academy for Safe Truck Driving (ACCES)

Engaging both the public and private sector, the Academy will offer a highly-specialized driver training program to help students smoothly transition from the Academy into the workforce.
Engaging both the public and private sector, the Academy will offer a highly-specialized driver training program to help students smoothly transition from the Academy into the workforce.
F. Duterte

QUICK FACTS

  • Implementing Partner: United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • Host-Country Government Partners:
    • Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research

    • Office of Vocational Training and Job Promotion (OFPPT)

  • Private Sector Partner: The Volvo Group
  • Location: Institut Spécialisé dans les Métiers du Transport Routier, Casablanca
  • Total Budget: $3 Million
  • USAID Contribution: $1.5 Million
  • Duration: 2018-2022

CONTEXT

With its strategic geographical location and increasing foreign investments, Morocco is strengthening its position as a regional road transport hub to link Europe and Africa. As a result, there is a growing need for certified truck and bus drivers, which are currently missing in the job market. At the same time, youth employability remains a high national priority, with Moroccan youth being twice as likely to be unemployed compared to the national average.

Despite its potential for creating economic growth, the road transport industry remains a high-risk sector. According to the World Health Organization, Morocco is the first among Arab states and sixth worldwide for road fatalities, with the annual death toll reaching over 3,000. Furthermore, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development estimates that costs related to road accidents and fatalities amount to 2.5 percent of the Moroccan GDP or 8 billion Moroccan dirhams annually (approximately 870 million USD). Improving road safety will help Morocco drive along the path to a more secure and prosperous future.

USAID RESPONSE

USAID supports youth employability while addressing road safety challenges through the establishment of the Academy for Safe Truck Driving (ACCES). ACCES aims to help narrow the skill shortage in the road transport sector by providing courses on safe and defensive driving,  fuel efficiency for various types of trucks and buses, and soft skills, such as professional communication and customer service. Engaging both the public and private sector, the Academy will offer a highly-specialized driver training program that combines both theoretical and practical training as well as career guidance in order to help students smoothly transition from the Academy into the workforce.

ANTICIPATED RESULTS

  • Modern, demand-driven skills Academy established and equipped.
  • 120 beneficiaries annually trained.
  • Career Center services offered to assist students to access job market.

Last updated: November 02, 2018

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