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Scania: Scania's training programmes set the standard for sustainable development

With the Swedish Leadership Changes the World conference being held in
Stockholm today, the need for sustainable development in poorer
countries was again in focus. Scania's educational projects,
including a training school in Iraq, make it a leader in the field.

Scania is continuing to demonstrate leadership in the area of
sustainable development through its training initiatives in several

Delegates at today's Swedish Leadership Changes the World conference
in Stockholm heard how the Scania-supported Swedish Academy for
Training has helped to change the lives of students in Iraq.

Since being established in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil in 2012,
the academy has trained more than 800 people in areas including
vehicle mechanics, English and computer use. Scania, meanwhile, is
also involved in training schools in China and Colombia and is now
considering extending the training program to nations in Africa.

"Scania has a long tradition of providing training," says Scania's
Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Relations, Erik
Ljungberg. "We recognise that education is a powerful force for
transforming people and companies, as well as society as a whole."

The Swedish Leadership Changes the World conference is being held in
Stockholm on the first anniversary of the formation of the Swedish
Leadership for Sustainable Development network in May 2013. The
network includes 20 of Sweden's biggest companies, who are working
with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
and other authorities to promote sustainable development around the

Scania has long been proactive in providing training in developing
countries and the company initiated the Swedish Academy for Training
in Iraq in cooperation with SIDA more than two years ago.

Erik Ljungberg says the school has 13 employees and helped educate
more than 800 people in 2012 and 2103. Educational areas include
mechanical education, driver training, English, computer use and
sales and administration.

"At the end of the first educational year more than 60 percent of
students had got work or were continuing to study," he says. "The
school's goal is for more than 30 percent of students to be women and
that target was met in 2012 and 2013. Some 10 percent of students in
the mechanical training area are women - a higher proportion than in
several European countries."

Meanwhile, Scania is also investing in education in China. The
company's Dragon School is a part of Guangzhou Institute of
Technology and provides a three-year study programme for future
service technicians. The school is the initiative of Scania China and
its aim is to provide Scania's service network in China with
professional service technicians.

The Swedish Leadership Changes the World conference was examining
issues including: smarter resource-use and decreased environmental
impacts; better working conditions for employees of suppliers;
improved workplace laws and rights; anti-corruption measures; and
vocational education.

For more information, please contact Jens Schlyter, Manager Corporate
Responsibility, tel. +46 703 28 37 00 or visit

Scania is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks and buses
for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine
engines. Service-related products account for a growing proportion of
the company's operations, assuring Scania customers of cost-effective
transport solutions and maximum uptime Scania also offers financial
services. Employing some 41,000 people, the company operates in about
100 countries. Research and development activities are concentrated
in Sweden, while production takes place in Europe and South America,
with facilities for global interchange of both components and
complete vehicles. In 2013, net sales totalled SEK 86.8 billion and
net income amounted to SEK 6.2 billion. Scania press releases are
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