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Transaid helps driver training in Mozambique

Transaid-supported project trains over 450 HGV drivers in Mozambique, surpassing targets with GIZ and government funding.


A Transaid-supported project has helped to train more than 450 HGV drivers in Mozambique over two years. Transaid’s significant involvement was part of the initiative Employment and Skills for Development in Africa (E4D), implemented by GIZ and funded by the German and Norwegian governments, with further support from Appload and EnergyWorks.

The project focused on several key areas to ensure it met the immediate priorities and was sustainable in the long term. This saw 31 driver trainers trained – more than three times the initial target – including two women. Collectively, this group went on to deliver training to 452 HGV drivers over the initial two-year period.

Three specially tailored training courses were offered to drivers, including one focused around transporting cargo safely and two specifically on defensive driving – with a mix of classroom and practical on-road instruction. The National Authority for Professional Education is currently working to combine the three courses as one registered course; plus, the training institutions and driving schools are actively marketing the new training to drivers and businesses.

The courses were well reviewed by employers, with a spokesman for one of the companies to benefit, saying:

The material was well cultivated to match feedback from local technical committee members to ensure that the instruction matched what was most needed.

Caroline Barber, chief executive of Transaid, said:

Prior to this project, professional HGV driver training was limited in Mozambique, with no set standard and largely focused on rapid acquisition of driving permits. Drivers tended to be reliant on peer-to-peer or self-learning methods, with little formal driver training available. To launch this project and surpass our training goal is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved and we’re confident that the programme will continue to help Mozambique’s drivers to be safer on the road.


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