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How can we counteract the shortage of skilled installers in the sanitary industry while also giving back to society and offering young people a prosperous future?

The answer is GIVE – short for GROHE Installer Vocational Training and Education – a program that collaborates with 40 institutions in the EMENA region offering plumbing training. This cooperation provides young students with a good basis for a successful start to their professional careers.

GIVE is on the move  

GIVE aims to address the shortage of skilled plumbers – it’s a concern if consumers can’t get the technical support they need. The program will drive up the standards in new and emerging markets, as well as giving career opportunities to young people of all backgrounds.

On a mission: It’s about giving back

Christopher Penney, Leader GIVE Program LIXIL EMENA and Timo Kurz, Leader Training LIXIL EMENA, have coordinated the opening of 12 schools in the past few months. One of the focus areas has been Ghana in West Africa, and the ATTC training centre in Accra. The country’s first GROHE training facility will help 75 students, not only with hands-on training but with guidance to allow for a better start in their working lives.

To a brighter future

As a brand, GROHE has a responsibility also to society and with GIVE we are living up to this on many different levels. GIVE will bring real benefits to underserved communities. In the next year the program will grow to 50 schools training 5,000 students every year. The journey is far from over.

School openings

Ghana: The first GIVE Program school in North West Africa.

The Accra Technical Training Centre (ATTC) is a vocational / technical co-educational institution located at Kokomlemle in Accra. ATTC was conceived as a joint project by the Governments of Ghana and Canada.

We are one of the leaving TVET providers in Ghana that delivers theoretical and practical instruction for the training of Business, Industry and other occupations that may be required from the private sector. The centre was opened in July 1966 and handed over to the Ghana Government in March 1972.

Over the years ATTC has churned out countless number of technicians operating almost all industries in the country. Our main objective is to train people for Ghana’s industrial needs. In November 2021 we joined forces with a the global brand GROHE and opened the first GIVE Program school in North West Africa. We are really looking forward to this exciting collaboration and we will have over 100 hundred a year pass through the program. We are also proud to help GROHE bridge the skills gap not only in our country but across the world.

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Belgium: Don Bosco Hoboken expands into sanitary training

Hoboken is a district of the city of Antwerp, located on the river Schelde and has many industries, the most famous being Umicore. The Don Bosco school is located in this multicultural city, this technical school has approximately 1,300 students, some of whom are being trained as future sanitary installers. 

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Ukraine: Ivano-Frankivsk becomes fourth city in Ukraine to open GROHE training center

On September 14th, 2021 the GROHE GIVE educational center was opened for students with a major in installing of sanitary systems and equipment. Educational and technological classes were opened at the premises of a vocational school in Ivano-Frankivsk. This is the 4th city in Ukraine to participate in the GROHE GIVE program. This school has been chosen since it is the only such industry-specific educational institution in Western Ukraine; its students are fortunate to regularly participate in major events.

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Romania: Cluj-Napoca Technical University benefits from GROHE’s hands-on approach

The Technical University of Cluj-Napoca comprises twelve specialties in the two academic centres, Cluj-Napoca and Baia Mare, as well as in locations, such as Alba-Iulia, Bistrita, Satu Mare and Zalau. The educational offer, aligned to the Bologna system, includes bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs, as well as continuous training programs.

There are going to be over 100 students that will use the laboratory during one university year. The classes are going to be held by 3 teachers that are going to be assisted by Grohe staff for technical expertise.

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Further school openings

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