From innovation to the creation of permanent jobs
The CAIAC, which is located in Marrakech’s Innovation City, opened its doors on 17 May 2022. It was founded, with the support of Invest for Jobs, by Cluster Menara, an organisation created by the Moroccan Ministry of Industry and Trade which provides training and support services to agro-industrial enterprises and to businesses in the organic cosmetics industry.
The CAIAC serves a wide range of Moroccan and other African actors in the agri-food and cosmetics industries, including SMEs, startups, cooperatives and young project leaders. It puts a technology facility containing state-of-the-art equipment at their disposal, with a view to facilitating the R&D process for them. Support for projects in the form of advice, training and networking is also provided by teams of experts. The technology facility is also available to scientific research institutes and higher education establishments, which can use it to conduct research work or provide practical training for students.
With the financial and technical support it provides to the platform, Invest for Jobs aims to improve these actors’ competitiveness through innovation, help them grow and, as a result, create permanent jobs. As part of these efforts, the project is seeking to create 25 jobs directly in supported enterprises.
Under the project, the CAIAC will also provide over 120 employees from enterprises in the agri-food and cosmetics industries with 10 training sessions covering key skills and disciplines such as conservation technologies, occupational health and safety, and equipment maintenance and servicing management, to name but a few.