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EU funding for competence enhancement

“Industrikompetens i väst”, a jobcentre project specialising in industrial jobs and involving Volvo Cars, AB Volvo and several suppliers, has been granted 18 million kronor by the European Social Fund (ESF). The funds are earmarked for competence enhancement.

Through increased cooperation, the project aims both to enhance the employees’ competence and the relevant companies’ competitiveness in Västra Götaland County. The project also aims to create structures for continued training in joint programmes involving all the participating companies.

The training programmes will be held at Göteborg Technical College, which is also the project applicant. About 3000 people are expected to be given the opportunity to further improve their competence thanks to this project.

The training programmes will cover five areas: efficient production systems, electrics and electronics, diversity and equal opportunities, new technical developments, and basic competence in core curriculum subjects.

Over and above these 18 million kronor, the participating companies will be adding their own investments. The total budget for the project is thus 27 million kronor.

February 26, 2010

Journalists who would like further information, please contact
Niklas Gustavsson, Public Affairs, AB Volvo, tel+46 31 66 11 88 or +46 70 6041188.