The human resources component is one of the main keys to the success of logistics development in Morocco. To this end, a “Training” component has been identified as a priority focal point of the National Logistics Strategy. The main objective of this project is to follow through the development of the training offer to ensure that it responds to the needs of the sector, both in qualitative and quantitative terms. The State-Private Sector Program-contract (or, Compact), which implements the National Logistics Strategy has provided for an operational application of this objective, through the elaboration of an Application Contract that is specific to training in the various logistics trade-lines.
Work based on wide consultations with the main stakeholders in logistics training, as well as on a mapping of the offer of training in the sector, has made it possible to make some observations and to decide on some short and medium term actions designed to foster skills enhancement in the area of logistics.
Some elements of the diagnostic have shown a significant development in the logistics- training offer over the last few years, thanks to the efforts expended by public and private training operators, who have been spurred by the definition and embedding of the logistics strategy.
In fact, a number of initiatives have been taken to bolster the offer of training. A case in point is the offer made by the Office in charge of Vocational Training and the Promotion of Employment which has developed its capacity and can now train as many as 3,160 trainees in the various trade-lines pertaining to transportation and logistics. Besides, a new training center dedicated entirely to the transport and logistics trade-lines was inaugurated by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, May Allah lend him support, in June 2013.
It is expected that efforts will continue to be expended by the actors concerned over time in order to meet the needs in the area of training targeting specialized operators in the sector.
As far as higher education is concerned, reports indicate that a multitude of training schemes and tracks in the sector have been developed, making the quantitative aspect less problematic than the qualitative one. In this connection, it has been deemed imperative to consolidate coordination between training operators and actual employers.
Accordingly, an application contract covering the period 2014-2020 relative to the development of training and the enhancement of logistics skills was signed on May 13, 2014, under the effective Presidency of His Majesty King Mohammed VI (May Allah lend him assistance). The main objectives of the contract are as follows:
- Meet the specific needs of different categories and professions;
- Upgrade the level of competency of the diploma-holders and of the other Training Centers’ graduates;
- Create disciplines and training specialties apt to attract students with greater potential;
- Monitor training requirements in the area of logistics on an on-going basis;
- Foster the opening of companies operating in the logistics sector onto the institutions offering training in various logistics trade-lines.
The application contract constitutes a commitment on the part of the State and the private sector regarding the actual implementation of 17 actions serving as the main levers for the development of training and the enhancement of skills in logistics. These actions revolve around three major foci or lines:
- Focal Point 1: quantitative bolstering of the offer for certain profiles;
- Focal Point 2: diversification and improvement of the quality of the offer and the readability of the training schemes proposed;
- Focal Point 3: dynamic matching between training demand and offer in the logistics sector.