Alstom and the Egypt Ministry of Transport (MOT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27), to launch the first railway academy in Egypt.
The MoU was signed by Kamel El Wazir, the Egyptian Minister of Transport and Andrew DeLeone, President of Alstom in Africa, Middle East, and Central Asia.
The railway academy is a customised training programme to ensure a strong workforce is in place to support Egypt’s growing rail industry and will enroll up to 300 participants in its first year. Participants will gain the technical railway skills needed across various fields such as telecommunication, signalling, power supply, centralised control systems and maintenance. They will also develop project management know-how specifically for the railway sector.
The railway academy in Egypt consists of three programmes to address young talent at different stages of their career. The Master Class Programme (MCP) is a short-term programme of 8 weeks, in partnership with Egyptian National Railway and National Authority of Tunnels for their respective employees.
The Master Expert Programme (MEP) is a long-term programme of 9 months, in partnership with the National Institute of Transport designed for fresh graduates wanting to enter the rail industry, and the Master Training Programme (MTP) is a 6 week summer course in partnership with Wardan High Technical Institute for students. These programmes will be delivered by trainers from Alstom University, as well as Alstom experts and expected to launch in the first quarter of 2023.
“This academy is part of Alstom’s commitment to support the development of the rail industry in the country by ensuring graduates have the relevant knowledge and skills to successfully seek employment opportunities and grow in the industry. More importantly, the programme will allow them to apply their learnings to solve real mobility challenges,” Andrew DeLeone said.