UAE: Daikin Middle East and Africa FZE has signed a strategic MoU with the leading training institute’s in Morocco to build a highly skilled HVACR workforce in the country.

The agreement will see Daikin and the Morocco’s Office of Vocational Training and Employment Promotion (OFPPT) joining forces to strengthen the Refrigeration and Thermal Engineering (FGT) programme in Morocco to design new advanced training programmes, update curricula, and exchange programmes. Young graduates will also be exposed to internship opportunities within Daikin’s network of partners.

The MoU was signed by Tuna Gulenc, vice president at Daikin Middle East and Africa, and Loubna Tricha, director general at the OFPPT, at Daikin MEA’s headquarters in Jebel Ali, Dubai.

Daikin has established a strong foundation in Africa built on collaboration with local dealers, distributors, and technicians. Over the years, the company has invested in local citizenship with the establishment of brand shops, and training centres, in addition to making its latest innovations accessible to the people of Africa. Daikin and OFPPT say they will pool their expertise to cultivate a top-tier talent pool for Morocco’s HVACR industry.

Commenting on the collaboration, Tuna Gulenc, Vice President at Daikin Middle East and Africa, said, “For Daikin, innovation is a part of our DNA and local citizenship is how we operate.

“After successfully establishing training centres with the right partners in Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire, we now wish to share our expertise in Morocco,” commented Tuna Gulenc. “Partnering with institutions like OFPPT is not just our go-to-market strategy to advance the HVACR after-sales service, but with their solid network and our shared vision, we will penetrate the Moroccan HVACR industry to promote sustainable cooling practices that can only be met by educating the local market and its users. With this partnership, we aim to build a new generation of highly skilled workforce for the HVAC-R industry and mark our significant contribution to the socio-economic development of Morocco.”

Loubna Tricha, general director of the OFPPT said that the partnership would allow the OFPPT to expand its training offerings through the introduction of new courses targeting emerging professions in the sector.

“It will also strengthen our collaboration in engineering to design advanced training programmes that incorporate the latest technological innovations and professional practices,” she said. “The partnership between the OFPPT and Daikin will also provide us with the opportunity to enhance our teaching staff in newly identified disciplines and associated technologies through dedicated technical training sessions and immersive internships.”