GROHE expands GIVE Program
Training with impact – GROHE expands its GIVE Program for young students and inaugurates its newest training facility in Accra, Ghana
As part of the “GROHE Installer Vocational Training and Education” (GIVE) Program, 12 new facilities have been opened in 2021, most recently a training center in Accra, Ghana
The brand is already collaborating with 41 institutions offering plumbing training across EMENA
To reach even more young people, GROHE is initiating a cooperation with SOS Children's Villages International
Düsseldorf, December 7, 2021 – How can we counteract the shortage of skilled installers in the sanitary industry worldwide while also giving back to society and enabling young people to create themselves a prosperous future? This is a question GROHE, one of the leading global brands for holistic bathroom solutions and kitchen faucets, has asked itself and developed an approach to act against this problem: the “GROHE Installer Vocational Training and Education” (GIVE) Program.
In recent months, GROHE has been able to open twelve new training facilities where its internationally accredited GIVE Program is offered to aspiring plumbers. A particular success in this respect is the inauguration of the first GIVE Program school in Northwest Africa, in Ghana's capital Accra, which took place on November 11th, 2021. Here, over 75 students recently started their training, supported by five teachers who will guide them through the curriculum, thereby enabling an easier start to a more prosperous life.
Additional GIVE training centers in West Africa are currently being planned in Nigeria, Cameroon, Benin, Togo, and Ivory Coast.
Offering young professionals the best start to their careers
In total, the brand is already supporting 41 plumbing schools in the EMENA region with the GIVE Program. In doing so, GIVE empowers the training institutions to provide a uniform concept with modern equipment and training material, and offers the trainees the chance to receive a recognized international certificate.
To ensure a state-of-the-art education, GROHE has developed a fully functional training environment where trainees can benefit from the global brand's extensive expertise. “In our partnering institutes, we provide a fully functioning training rack with a wide range of our GROHE products where the students can test and improve their installation skills in a learning environment designed specifically for them,” says Christopher Penney, Leader GIVE Program LIXIL EMENA. “We are also currently upgrading all training racks with a tablet and a TV screen so that we can stream live from our GIVE video studio at one of our German training centers in Lahr. In addition, we plan to use a specially designed training truck which is fitted with the same training equipment as our partnering schools. This will allow us to attract even more schools around the world,” states Timo Kurz, Leader Training LIXIL EMENA. Companies and customers around the world can rely on the practical expertise of the trained students and easily integrate them into their operations. This is especially valuable in times where skilled workers are hard to find.
Joined forces: strong partners for real impact
For several years now, GROHE has been committed to supporting young people from underdeveloped countries and collaborates with strong partners, e.g. the German non-governmental organization Don Bosco Mondo, by offering educational opportunities and career prospects. Inspired by its success to date, GROHE is currently working on a cooperation with SOS Children's Villages International. The first school of this project will be located in Benin, Northwest Africa.
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