News Details Date: 05-12-2016

Caterpillar helps Africans who aspire to become technicians

Caterpillar have launched  e-learning website launched for people who aspire to become a technician in Africa


Caterpillar announced that it has launched the pilot-phase of theTechnicians for Africa Project, an e-learning website for people who aspire to become atechnician. The website, which is available in French, Portuguese and English, is leveraging Caterpillar’s existing, state of the art e-learning solutions and makes them available for anyone in the three countries that has the ambition to

develop a career as a heavy equipment Technician.


“This is just one of the ways that we’re looking to boost the skills in the industry as a whole.

There is a vital need for skilled labour across these sectors in Africa. We are proud to see the launch of this initiative,” said David Picard, Region Manager responsible for Caterpillar’s

distribution in Africa.


The basic Caterpillar Technician curriculum is free. Those who register for the curriculum will have the opportunity to upgrade their knowledge and upon successful completion of the

curriculum, will earn a certificate of completion that may support their chances to get a job.


“Many School leavers are unable to enter the job market because they have been unable to

receive enough technical knowledge when they leave school. In schools, the latest technical

information isn’t always available,” explained Maurice Manders, Caterpillar’s Learning and

Development Manager and also team leader of the e-learning project. “Offering an Internetbased basic learning curriculum that is available to schools and students is an efficient solution to this challenge,” he added.


The website’s URL is:


The new free e-learning curriculum, which contains 18 modules of easy-to-understand,

technical insights about safety and basic fundamental systems like electrical, hydraulics and

powertrain, complements the paid-for e-learning platforms that are available to Caterpillar’s

dealers and customers. Paying customers get access to a wider range of e-learning and more functionality of the learning management system.


About Caterpillar:

For 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving

positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop

infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2014 sales and revenues of $55.184

billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining

equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric

locomotives. The company principally operates through its three product segments -

Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation - and also provides

financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. For more information,

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About Mantrac:


Mantrac Group is the authorized dealer of Caterpillar in ten countries on three continents – from sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East to several regions of Russia. The company distributes and supports Cat earthmoving machines, power systems and material-handling equipment, serving a wide range of industries and applications. Mantrac Group dealerships include; Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Iraq and West Siberia, Russia. We also cater for our offshore customers through our export office Untrac Ltd. in the UK. With decades of experience as a leading distributor and service-oriented organization, Mantrac Group offers its customers customized equipment solutions backed by technical expertise and in-depth understanding of local markets. Mantrac Group is a subsidiary of the internationally recognized Mansour Group, a privately owned multinational conglomerate with operations that span several industry sectors, including automotive, capital markets, consumer and retail and industrial equipment.




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