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Ethiopia’s only privately-owned water technology training centre has announced the launch of full training facilities.
AG Consult Water Technology Training Centre was opened in 2010 with limited capacity, but it has now expanded and is running its own specially-developed curriculum.
At an event at the Addis Ababa Hilton Hotel, in the presence of government officials and sector experts, the company’s owner, Abebe Gebrehiwot, said it will continue to supply trained experts to work in the market.
Abebe told Capital that the company has carried out training so far at its own expense and has now developed full-scale training facilities.
“We have seen encouraging results since we commenced the scheme. Most of the trainees that took part in the trial period have got jobs after they completed training at the facility,” he explained at the event.
Kebede Gerba, State Minster of Water and Energy, who attended the event, told Capital that the training centre has a role to feed trained experts to the sector, in parallel with the government scheme.
“Technologies are changing all the time and narrowing the gap that is created when new technology is being developed,” he explained.
He said that similar training centres are needed to fill the market demand.
According to the state minister, the water sector is developing and demand is growing, meaning the supply of skilled manpower and equipment has to keep pace.
“Skilled manpower is essential to go with sector development, while companies that are involved in the sector have to increase,” he explained.
Six types of training course have been offered at the centre so far, with 106 trainees – including six women – completing training.
The centre’s owner started working in water service consultancy in 2007 as AG Consult. In 2003, its sister company, TAM Geo-Engineering was set up to carry out water-well drilling and water works construction.
Courses on offer at the training centre include groundwater resource development and management, water well drilling technology, drilling machine maintenance, pump and generator selection, GIS training, water CAD and auto CAD and groundwater hydraulics, well design and hydrochemistry.
The water ministry office has a similar training facility located at Akaki.