COLUMBUS – Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) has a long history of supporting education initiatives in the communities where it operates and is now making efforts to strengthen technical education across the world.
The Company recently announced it is extending the reach of its TEC: Technical Education for Communities program through a new partnership announced this week in Lagos, Nigeria.
The partnership brings together public and private businesses and organizations including the Institute European of Cooperation and Development (a French non-governmental organization), Cummins Inc., Schneider Electric and CFAO to support its school partner, the Institute for Industrial Technology (IIT).
IIT was chosen because of its track record of success, openness to partnership, strong management and demonstrated potential for social impact. To date, technicians, managers and representatives from the coalition organizations have worked together to determine the tools, equipment and curriculum needed to augment the school’s strong foundation. The first class of 24 students is expected to enter the improved program in May of 2014.
“This is an important milestone for us in our journey to build coalitions that address the global skills gap, and help companies like ours and communities around the world thrive,” said Mark Levett, Vice President Corporate Responsibility, Cummins Inc. and CEO of the Cummins Foundation.
Employers around the world are experiencing critical shortages of skilled technical workers. As a result, many employers are unable to fill key job openings. These unfilled positions are good jobs that can support stronger families and communities. Employers must invest in education to address this skills gap. Employers who engage “early and often” in education will help our communities develop needed technical skills.
TEC is a global program that targets the technical skills gap through local vocational education programs. TEC delivers a standardized education program and set of tools to help education partners develop effective, market-relevant curriculum, teacher training, guidance counseling and the practical experience needs of students.