Alstom collaborates with Egypt’s Ministry of Transportation to launch a railway academy in the country
First railway engineering academy in the country
300 engineers (or students) will be trained
1,840 hours of trainings will be offered to participants
Charm El Cheikh, Egypt – 17 November 2022 – Alstom, a global leader in smart and green mobility, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Transportation (MOT) during the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27), to launch the first railway academy in Egypt. The MoU was signed by H.E. Kamel El Wazir, Egyptian Minister of Transportation 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 academy 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,” said Andrew DeLeone, President of Alstom in Africa, Middle East, and Central Asia.
As a global leader in smart and sustainable mobility, Alstom participated at COP27 to showcase the progress and opportunities available to decarbonise the transport sector, as well as exchange on green transport solutions for the future. Alstom has over 20 years of expertise in low carbon technology, and has been participating in the conference since COP21 in Paris.
Alstom has been present in Egypt for over 40 years and has supported the growth of railway infrastructure development in the country. Today, Alstom has a strong local talent pool of over 500 people and several ongoing projects including the development and modernisation of Egypt’s urban network. This includes two Monorail lines connecting the New Administrative Capital City to Greater Cairo and 55 Metropolis trains for the historic Cairo Metro line 1. Alstom is also in charge of the modernisation of the signalling system on the 240 kilometre Beni Sueif – Assyut line.
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