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Altaaqa Global joins forces with Caterpillar to empower locals

In 2015, Altaaqa Global installed a 50 MW natural gas power plant in Cameroon’s most populous city, Douala, as an immediate solution to the city’s chronic electricity shortage. The power plant added reliable power to Cameroon’s grid, and provided its people and industries with a new, reliable source of electricity.

Just as important as the power, a local team of highly trained professionals was able to oversee the operation of the power plant. Altaaqa Global partnered with Caterpillar University, Caterpillar’s proprietary training platform, to launch a Customer Development Program.

The pilot programme, which will continuously run for one year, is offered to a team of selected local engineers and technical professionals from Altaaqa Global’s client Eneo, Cameroon’s integrated utility provider.

Altaaqa Global aims to extend employment and learning opportunities to local communities where it has projects and also to enhance their skills and transferring world-class industry knowledge to the local workforce.

Altaaqa Global launched a tailored customer training programme, in cooperation with Caterpillar University to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and skills to Eneo’s team of local engineers and professionals.

The programme features three methods of instruction: classroom teaching, online instruction and on-the-job mentoring with Altaaqa Global’s Cat-certified in-house technicians.

The leading global company has enrolled the Eneo engineers in Caterpillar University which feature expert-curated modules on service, safety and equipment operation with the aim of encouraging a better understanding of technical concepts taken up in the classroom.

[quote]Upon completion, the participants will be awarded a Level 1 Preventive Maintenance (PM) Technician certificate, allowing them to progress to second-level training. However, Altaaqa Global will conduct the programme on a continuous basis, where training will be offered to every new team of engineers and technical professionals from Eneo.

Peter den Boogert, CEO of Altaaqa Global, says: “In all of our projects, we provide more than electricity; we offer training and employment opportunities to locals. In fact, 95% of our site employees in our projects around the world is composed of locals.”

In accordance with Caterpillar’s sustainability strategy, the training programme aims to promote economic and social development in areas where it operates. The company believes that an effective way to encourage sustainable social and economic progress is to educate local professionals on globally recognized industry best practices.

Kim Hauer, Caterpillar Vice President with responsibility for the Human Services Division and Chief Human Resources Officer says: “At Caterpillar, we believe in empowerment through education and transfer of knowledge. So, we work together with our global dealers, like Altaaqa Global, to provide tailored customer training solutions. Such initiatives have been proven to enhance customer efficiency, global competitiveness and help deliver sustainable progress around the world.”

Fahad Y Zahid, Chairman of Altaaqa Global and Executive Vice President of the Zahid Group, affirms the company’s continued dedication to its mission of inspiring progress and prosperity to people, businesses and communities.

“Since its inception, Altaaqa Global has looked beyond profit. We have always aimed to play an active role in spurring growth and progress not only by providing a reliable supply of electricity, but also by transferring knowledge to locals. We hope that the Customer Development Program yields a globally competitive workforce that will drive the continuous growth of Cameroon.”