Algeria - A professional training program to help reduce local unemployement

Algeria

Lafarge Algeria developed an apprenticeship program to train future masons specialized in finishing work. The program is called “Hirfati” (‘my profession’ in Arabic). At the end of the training course, Lafarge ensures that the apprentices either find a job in a company or are able to set up their own business.

 

Objectives

  • Create job opportunities for young people in the local community by offering them high-quality training in relevant fields.
  • Strengthen our ties with the local and national authorities, who are aware of the lack of skilled workers and of appropriate public and private training courses.
  • Strengthen our relationship with our clients, with whom we seek to place apprentices.

Summary

Lafarge has developed the ‘Hirfati' (‘my profession' in Arabic) program in Algeria, having noted the need for more masons specialized in finishing work.

It is an apprenticeship program which provides a diploma in the area of masonry and related skills. It is offered to young unemployed builders, who take part in a 9-month training course, alternating classes in a training center and practical experience in a company. Following the training course, Lafarge ensures that the apprentices either find a job in a company or are able to set up their own business

For this program, Lafarge is working in close partnership with renowned organizations such as ‘Les Compagnons du devoir', a French association which promotes manual professions.

Results

The first session of Hirfati involved 20 youngsters from the local communities around our Msila and Sig plants. The course focused on masonry coatings (rendering, tiling, etc.).

Lafarge helped to select the candidates and set up a high-quality training course focusing on an area in which there was a real need for skilled workers. Following the course, Lafarge helped to place the youngsters, putting them in contact with customers in the region.

The course received an enthusiastic reaction from the local building industry and Lafarge therefore opened a second training course, focusing on welding.