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Bizerte The coral converted fishermen divers-welders

Bizerte The coral converted fishermen divers-welders

Bizerte The coral converted fishermen divers-welders

Under the IRADA Bizerte project, a conversion program was proposoé coral fishermen in the area to become divers-welders. Indeed, coral fishing business becomes unprofitable due to environmental increasingly important restrictions. Gnetnews visited the shipyard Menzel Bourguiba with officials IRADA programs. The purpose of this visit is to create a partnership between the CMRT and future divers-welders.

Officially launched in 2018, the IRADA program is designed to promote vocational training, private sector and development projects in eight governorates of Gabes, Medenine, Gafsa, Kasserine, Sfax, Sidi Bouzid, Bizerte and Jendouba.

Funded by the European Union to the tune of 34 million euros, this program is expected to continue until 2022.

Grants are allocated to the financing of private projects (€ 10 million), development of public vocational training (10 million dinars), technical assistance (5.8 million dinars) and the management and performance (5.5 million dinars).

“Among the activities identified in the region to benefit from interventions IRADA program include the dairy industry, the cultivation of the artichoke, training in welding underwater, installation of natural gas or oil production corn, “explains Bechir Ayari, in charge of vocational training to the antenna IRADA Bizerte.

This is due to strong demand from coral fishermen that divers-welder conversion project was born. Indeed, the activity more profitable beings, many young people are unemployed. To ensure their training, Sylvain Castanier professional diver, came south especially from France for an expert to see if the shipyard of Menzel Bourguiba could become a place where young apprentices could practice during training . “I am pleasantly surprised by the level of equipment of this shipyard. There is everything you need as equipment for the training of young people, “he said.

For now sixty candidates have come forward to benefit from this conversion program. A drastic selection will be set up because, according to Mr Castanier, “it’s a tough job, very risky and requires a lot of professionalism.” Thus, the selection will be based on their skills in the water, psychological and technical tests. The training will take place over a period of 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the profiles and will be in Menzel Bourguiba Vocational Training Center

The objective of this project is to develop the employability of young people in the region … both in Tunisia and abroad. Indeed, the diver-welder is in great demand in many countries. “Where there is water, there is demand,” says Sylvain Castanier. The sites where the welder divers are requested include shipbuilding, offshore oil rigs or ports.

But to join the profession, an international certification is required. This is called ACMI certification, which will allow these young people, once trained, can claim to positions abroad.

In Tunisia and especially in the region of Bizerte the art will be in great demand future. Indeed, the construction of Bizerte Bridge, which will start in 2020, will require the work of the hand of this type.

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