The Swedish Academy for Training

The Swedish Academy for Training is sponsored by Scania and Education First.

A centre of global quality education and a hub for the Iraqi community, we specialise in Mechanics for Heavy Automotive Equipment and English Language.

With our global partnerships, our mission is to support students from all walks of life by building an inspiring school that supports young people to develop as individuals and achieve highly for themselves and for their community.

We provide an education for Global Citizenship by:

  • Developing a programme designed by global industry leaders to cater to today’s local job market.
  • Moulding our students into becoming part of the modern workforce through a strong base in IT and English skills.
  • Providing up-to-date technology and equipment for our students to practice on.
  • Supporting our students with mentors to guide them and highly trained teachers and teaching methods to get them to their desired career aspirations.

We are delighted with the interest and support shown in The SAT up until now.  It is with great pride on ourselves and in our students that we look forward to our third year commencing in April. We are close to achieving full capacity soon and that in itself is a great accomplishment. To this extent, we congratulate everyone who helped make the academy a reality, especially the students who have helped make it a success.

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Erik Ladefoged

SAT General Manager

Erik Ladefoged

United Nations Industrial Development Organisation

I am proud to have supported the Swedish Academy for Training, from vision through to reality.

The Swedish Academy for Transport has been an important project for all of us – UNIDO, Scania, MoLSA and SIDA –  particularly because of the new approach to skills training this project is spearheading, and because of the hard work and cooperation of our organizations that have helped make the academy a reality.

Unemployment continues to be serious issue for Iraqis, especially for the youth who account for a significant number of the population.  This, in a large part, is the result of a serious shortage of opportunities for individuals to develop the professional skills sorely needed by modern industries.  The lack of skilled Iraqi resources not only results in the obvious consequences of unemployment for the individuals and their families, but also stalls development of industry and the economy as a whole.

These challenges present great opportunities and it is our mission here, together, to ensure that lack of skills does not provide a barrier or discouragement to investment, and to ensure that Iraqi people are well placed to take a full role in Iraq’s developing industries.

The SAT is the result of an exciting new approach being taken in developing vocational skills for industry, and a particularly relevant one in todays rapidly changing world.  The Academy champions a new form of partnership between private industry and public organizations.  The setup, with our partners MoLSA, Scania, Sida, Qanadeel Al Rafidain and Education First, provides a new and unique approach that we see leading the way for a host of new initiatives, both in Iraq and beyond.

The mutually beneficial public and private sector participation represented here by Scania and MoLSA promotes a symbiosis between industry and education; it ensures that the training provided by national infrastructure remains current, and is always focused on the immediate needs of industry.  Working with these partners also ensures a holistic and sustainable approach fuelled by a real demand in industry that helps ensure employment for successful trainees.  An approach that we are sure Iraq can build on and expand to a wider audience.

Although I am under no illusion that there is still a great deal more to achieve, at the same time I do not underestimate our achievements to date; building the partnerships and working closely in cooperation with global and diverse stakeholders to deliver the training centre, the equipment and the courses that are the foundation of the project.

The work here provides an inspiring model that has already received much attention.  This is an Academy to be proud of, an important project leading the way in a new approach to vocational training. The work completed here will feed the success not only for Iraq but also to a wider global audience.

Above all the new centre is a great place to inspire youth and deliver the skills necessary for a future role in industry and business.

UNIDO is proud to be responsible for delivering this project with the support of our professional and dedicated team of staff and trainers.  More crucially the project would not be possible without the significant inputs from our partners at the MoLSA, Sida and the expert input of Scania and EF.

Chakib Jenane

Unit Chief, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation

Chakib Jenane UNIDO

Scania

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Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs – Kurdistan Region

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Education First

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EF English Training

Mission and Vision

Our Vision is to contribute to improving the performance of the industry to service and maintain modern equipment and generate employment opportunities in the sector

Our Mission is that the MoLSA provides modern technical and managerial training courses in the field of operations and maintenance of heavy duty vehicles and industrial machinery, through this training academy in Erbil, Northern Iraq.

Our Values

The way we behave in the workplace is a reflection of our personal and organizational values. Therefore the alignment of personal values is key to the Organisation’s success. Our core values are:

  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Cultural Sensitivity

News

SAT Links with US-AID FORAS

ERBIL, Iraq, June 2014 – Promoting youth employment in Iraq is one of the keystone objectives of the Swedish Academy for Training.  Following growing success in achieving this objective, the SAT is pleased to announce a new partnership with FORAS, the US AID funded employment programme for Iraq. The Iraq Opportunities Project, (USAID/Foras, “opportunity” in […]