|Scania Drivers Competitions||Scania||Traffic education|
Since 2003, more than 300,000 truck drivers in nearly 50 countries have participated in Scania Driver Competitions – the world’s largest truck driving and training event. Scania Driver Competitions 2014–2015 was the sixth edition of this truly international event, since it was established in 2003. The latest competition attracted more than 100,000 truck drivers.
The competition started as a response to a 2003 European Commission directive on driver training, which aimed to minimise the environmental impact of truck driving by increasing road-safety awareness and improving fuel consumption. The European Commission has endorsed the event ever since.
By organising the largest driver competition in the world, Scania demonstrates a great way to call attention to fuel-saving driving techniques and the role of the driver. The event is supported by the International Road Transport Union as well. It focuses on reducing fuel consumption and lowering the environmental impact of vehicle operation. In addition, the competition is aiming to boost road-safety awareness.
|Scholarships for talented pre-university students||Volkswagen||Education and science|
Volkswagen Group Rus' educational projects in cooperation with the Goethe Institut include scholarships granted by the company to the selected students. The programme was further extended in 2016 for the next three years. The focus group of Studienbruecke Deutschland project is highly motivated talented and active school students concentrating on science and technical subjects from Moscow and other regions in Russia with exemplary academic achievements and vision, who plan to continue education in German Universities. They receive a one-year German language and cross-cultural pre-university training and advisory support in parallel with regular school studies. In 2016 five graduates of the programme who had got preparatory training via Volkswagen scholarship successfully entered German Universities and will be getting their education in the applied fields. The project is on-going and supported by Volkswagen Group in Russia since 2012.
|Swedish Academy For Training||Scania||Education and science|
The doors of the Swedish Academy for Training (SAT) opened in April 2012. The academy serves poor and young Iraqis, providing them with training in job-oriented and demand-driven skills. The aim is to improve employability and remove bottlenecks to industrial development by increasing the availability of skilled mechanics, operators and drivers in the sectors of logistics, manufacturing and maintenance of heavy industrial machinery such as trucks, engines, agricultural equipment and earthmoving equipment. To date, the academy has trained a total of 1,529 students, including 501 technicians employed by different companies, and 651 female students. As one of the first Public-Private Development Partnerships (PPDPs) run in cooperation with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), it has become a successful model for the introduction of new technologies, specifically in mechanical training, and uses the latest methods of English language tuition.
The model has been replicated in other countries, such as Zambia and Liberia, and its approach is very much appreciated by the KRG. The PPDP model pursued by SAT has been highly praised by the government, who view it as a successful template for the government’s “Vision 2020” strategy for the future of technical and vocational training and education. It has been successful in combining the know-how and expertise of the private sector with financial assistance from donors, while ensuring national ownership and a systemic impact. The academy was established under the “Operations and Industrial Maintenance Training Academy” project in Erbil, Iraq, which was originally approved for the period May 2011 to December 2014. In 2014, the academy received a no-cost extension until 30 June 2015.