MTC Launches New Training Project in Morocco
September 21, 2020
(CENTERVILLE, Utah) – MTC has been awarded a contract to be the technical assistance provider for a newly created Moroccan public private partnership (PPP) called the Institute of the National Federation of Construction and Public Works (IFNBTP). The principal partner in IFNBTP is the Federation of Construction and Public Works, a collective of Moroccan construction companies.
MTC will assist IFNBTP in launching a new residential construction training center in Fez, Morocco which also will bear the name IFNBTP. The project is funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a U.S. government international development agency with funds flowing to the Millennium Challenge Account in Morocco and then to IFNBTP.
“This is an exciting opportunity for MTC as we expand our work around the world employing our workforce development expertise to create training and job opportunities for young people in Morocco,” said Greg Niblett, MTC’s Vice President for Economic and Social Development which oversees MTC’s work in international development.
The project is part of a larger initiative between the Government of Morocco and the U.S. Government’s MCC who together have established the Charaka Fund which will support education and training for employability with special emphasis on vocational training. The objective of the vocational training component is “the development and improvement of the quality of vocational training and the strengthening of links between supply and demand for skills.”
The Charaka Fund aims to establish a supply of vocational training driven by private-sector demand through either the creation of new vocational training centers or enhancing existing public vocational training centers. MTC will be assisting INFBTI in creating a new construction training center which will be one of 15 training center projects which MCC will fund.
“The new residential construction training center will provide quality training to meet the needs of the labor market while offering youth and adults the skills and qualifications that will lead to their employment,” said Niblett.
MTC will assist IFNBTP in designing its training programs, providing management consulting on the operation of the center and its governance structure, developing a communication plan, advising on gender and social inclusion for disadvantage populations, and supporting development of a strategic plan.
MTC’s project director, based in Casablanca, Morocco will be Mohamed Bensouda who was instrumental in bringing MTC and INFBTP together. Mr. Bensouda is a business and development executive with deep experience managing economic growth projects funded by USAID, the German Development Agency GIZ, U.S. State Department, and the International Trade Center.