Students learn at the Institute for Industrial Technology in Lagos, Nigeria, where the most extensive coalition has been formed so far as part of Cummins’ program called TEC – Technical Education for Communities.
Posted: October 2014
Partnerships are a key part of TEC: Technical Education for Communities. Building alliances with businesses, government and non-governmental organizations is critical to TEC’s work addressing the global skills gap. In 2013, another major milestone was reached in the program – an extensive TEC business coalition has formed in Lagos, Nigeria.
TEC is the Cummins’ initiative targeting the technical skills gap through local vocational education programs. It started at sites across the globe, including Morocco, Turkey, China and India. The coalition in Nigeria marks the first agreement between Cummins and other organizations to support TEC.
TEC delivers a standardized education program and tools to help education partners develop market-relevant curriculum, teacher training, career guidance and the practical experience needed by students.
While TEC’s standardized program includes a global reach, coalitions are essential to helping local schools identify gaps in their existing programs and improve education outcomes in the community.
The TEC partnership in Nigeria brings together businesses and non-governmental organizations the Institute European of Cooperation and Development (IECD), Schneider Electric and the manufacturing company CFAO as well as Cummins to support a school partner, the Institute for Industrial Technology (IIT).
IIT was a natural school partner for TEC. The school was selected because of its successful track record and strong management team. To help augment IIT’s solid foundation, the TEC coalition is working first to supplement the school’s tools and equipment. The partners are also planning for the upcoming school year, facilitating student recruitment and curriculum improvements.
“Establishing a strong TEC partnership in Nigeria is a significant milestone in Cummins’ journey to build coalitions that work to fill the global skills gap and help communities around the world thrive,” said Mark Levett, Vice President – Corporate Responsibility and CEO of the Cummins Foundation.
Cummins hopes that TEC will increase access to good jobs and develop a stronger and growing employment base in communities across the globe.
“Communities around the world deserve improved educational outcomes and jobs that make families and communities stronger,” said Mary Chandler, Corporate Responsibility Director of Global Strategic Programs and Planning, and the TEC Program Leader.
Xavier Boutin, IECD Executive Director, agrees. “TEC aligns well with IECD’s Seeds of Hope vocational training program. This partnership is an important step to helping more people in Nigeria develop the skills they need to acquire good jobs, which will strengthen communities. We are pleased that these companies are committed to communities and helping address this need.”
There are many ways that education, government and private partners can support TEC – helping students by providing internships, mentoring and good jobs; assisting education partners and encouraging governments to incentivize teaching and learning. Coalition building is vital to filling the skills gap.
“It’s great to see a coalition like this come together to address a critical need,” said Gilles Vermot Desroches, Senior VP Sustainability, Schneider Electric and General Delegate of the Schneider Electric Foundation.
“It’s going to take global companies and organizations who understand the need to get involved and find solutions – it helps our communities be successful.”
TEC is quickly gaining partnership momentum at other global sites, as well.
In China, for example, a coalition has come together to support improvements at the Chongqing Industry Polytechnic College. Partners include Chongqing Changan Visteon Engine Control Systems, Exedy Chongqing and POSCO China Chongqing Processing Center.
“Our local economies are only as strong as the communities in which we live and work. We must actively engage with students, teachers, schools, non-profits and governments to partner in developing our healthy communities of tomorrow,” Levett said.
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