Female truck drivers receive support from Isuzu EA and Bamburi Cement

Female truck drivers

The transport sector in Kenya is undergoing a transformation, thanks to the efforts of Isuzu East Africa (Isuzu EA) and Bamburi Cement. These two companies have partnered to empower female truck drivers through the Women on Wheels (WoW) program, which is part of the Isuzu Drivers Academy.

The Isuzu Drivers Academy is a training initiative that aims to enhance the skills, employability, and safety of truck drivers in Kenya. The Academy offers courses on driving techniques, vehicle maintenance, customer service, and road safety. Since its inception in 2019, the Academy has certified over 200 drivers, including 37 graduates who received their certificates on August 15, 2023.

Among the graduates were seven women from the WoW program, which is a collaboration between Isuzu EA and Bamburi Cement. The program seeks to increase the number of female truck drivers in Kenya by providing them with training, mentorship, and employment opportunities. The program also aims to challenge the stereotypes and barriers that women face in the male-dominated transport industry.

The graduation ceremony was attended by Isuzu EA’s Managing Director – Rita Kavashe and Bamburi Cement’s Group CEO – Mohit Kapoor. Both leaders expressed their pride and satisfaction with the achievements of the graduates and the impact of the program.

Kavashe said that the training at the Academy was not only beneficial for the drivers, but also for the customers and the society at large. She said that the certified drivers would deliver reliable, efficient, and safe transport services to Kenyans, while also enhancing the customer experience and retention of Isuzu customers.

Kapoor said that the WoW program was part of Bamburi Cement’s sustainability agenda under Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), and Health, Safety and Environment. He said that the private sector had a responsibility to attract more female drivers into the profession by treating them as capable and valued professionals. He also said that Bamburi Cement was committed to working with Isuzu EA and other partners to scale up the initiative and close the gender gap in the driver profession.

The Isuzu Drivers Academy and the WoW program are examples of how Isuzu EA and Bamburi Cement are fulfilling their promise of being the region’s Trusted Logistics Partner. By investing in capacity building for truck drivers, they are contributing to the national goals of strengthening road safety and promoting gender equality in Kenya.

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