Bühler has opened a milling school in Africa. The school, equipped with state-of-the-art technology, has African students from different African countries.
After four years of intensive planning and construction stages and an investment of around 5.3 million dollars, Bühler has opened the first-ever training mill in Africa in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. The first 27 African students from nine different African countries began their two-year milling course a few weeks ago. “With this investment in well-qualified millers, we are helping the continent to further develop this key industry”, says Bühler expert Martin Schlauri, who manages the milling school in Africa. The school in Nairobi is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The students are experienced millers who have already accumulated many skills on the job. Now they have been sent to study on this two-year course by their employers, amongst them some of the largest mills in the world, to arm themselves with the necessary education from scratch.
As it is known the last few years have seen an enormous increase in the need for basic foods in Africa due to the growth of its population. Changes in eating habits have led to a continually rising demand for cereal products. “This growing demand is coming up against a dramatic shortage of specialist workers”, says Schlauri and adds: “Few African milling workers can afford expensive training courses in Europe. We are bringing dual traineeships to Africa in order to educate people locally. It thus does not come as a surprise that the 27 places on the two-year milling course were taken within a very short time and that there is already strong demand for the courses to be run over the next few years.