Atlas cements Ugandan deal with world leading building materials firm

Digital learning technology solutions provider Atlas Knowledge Group has broken into new territory after securing a 12-month contract with one of the world’s leading building materials company in Uganda.

Atlas was approached by Lafarge Uganda, a member of LafargeHolcim, the global market leader specialising in cement, construction aggregates and concrete, to deliver health and safety training to its workforce. The contract will see Atlas make eight of its customised health and safety courses available to as many as 800 Lafarge personnel – including 500 contractors – at the company’s new purpose built digital training facility.

The programme, which is due to begin this month, will include modules on mechanical joint integrity, working at height, confined space entry, noise awareness and confined space entry.

The courses will be hosted through Atlas’ management platform Engage. Developed in response to industry demand for a more efficient tool, Engage centralises employee records, allowing the effective management of transient global workforces such as those in safety-critical sectors like construction.

The new business win is the latest success in Atlas’ international growth strategy which has seen it transition into new, adjacent and diversified safety-critical industries around the globe, more than doubling its client base to over 1,600 companies. Its technology-led, digital learning solutions are now available to a workforce of over 6.4million people in more than 110 countries worldwide.

Atlas’ commercial director Kevin Short said: “Lafarge is the first building materials company Atlas has worked with in Uganda and demonstrates the versatility of our courses across all safety critical industries.

“Like our other clients, the team at Lafarge Uganda wish to ensure their people remain safe and risk-free at work. Engage is proving to be a very successful platform for companies to maintain an individual’s and organisation’s training documents as it is compatible with any device, through an app, and on any internet browser. This flexibility is really important in countries which are remote and where the workforce can be spread out across multiple locations.

“Providing training to individuals to increase their employability across multiple industries is an important part of our overall strategy and projects such as this provide the sound underpinning required to grow and foster a safe, reputable and cost efficient working environment for companies to operate in.”

Lafarge Uganda country CEO Daniel Pettersson said: “We are committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for our employees, contractors and other stakeholders on our sites and we hope that through this training platform, we equip our teams with new skills and reinforce good safety practices to identify risks and avoid any workplace incidents.

“The completion of the modules on this program will be the minimum requirement for anyone accessing our Plant for short term, contract and permanent employment.”