23rd May 2017, Schneider Electric Pakistan together with Schneider Electric Foundation, France, Technical Education and Vocational Training Association (TEVTA), Punjab Vocational Training Council(PVTC) and Muslim Hands signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to setup new or update existing technical labs in electricity and energy management. The program aims at improving and increasing vocational training education in Pakistan in the growing energy industry with a specific focus on electricity in order to ensure availability of skilled workforce in this specific industry. All the partners will work together in core aspiration of this MoU for running vocational training in the electrical trade to train 6000 targeted under-privileged youth per year.
Mr. Mohkam Sheikh, Country President, Schneider Electric Pakistan briefed the audience about Schneider Electric role and businesses in Pakistan. He emphasized that Schneider Electric firmly believes Access to Energy is the basic human right and contributes to poverty alleviation and environment protection in an innovative and economically sustainable way. In new and emerging economies, vocational training in electricity and energy management, is key in the success for access to energy and Schneider Electric is committed in Pakistan to work together in partnerships and collaborations to further achieve this mission. Schneider Electric Foundation is contributing Rs. 70 Million for this program in Pakistan.
Syed Hassan Zia Naqvi, Manager Business Development & Marketing and Project Head A2E Program, Schneider Electric Pakistan explained that in the 1st phase, Schneider Electric Pakistan together with NGO Muslim Hands, TEVTA (Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority) and PVTC (Punjab Vocational Training Council) will set up 30 Electrical labs across Pakistan in 2017 followed by next phases in the coming years. This initiative is unique of its kind where a MNC has stepped forward in supporting NGOs and Technical Institutions in setting up Electrical Labs to provide state of the art electrical equipment and training to underprivileged youth enabling to earn a better livelihood. This program also focuses on Training of Trainers (TOT) which will enable the selected trainers of these organizations to get overseas training from Schneider Electric experts and then impart that training to trainers of their respective institutes.
Mr. Javid Gillani, Head of Operations, Muslim Hands, Mr. Irfan Qaiser Sheikh, Chairperson, TEVTA and Mr. Sajid Naseer, Managing Director PVTC also briefed about their respective organizations.
The ceremony concluded on signing of the MOUs by Mr. Mohkam Sheikh, Country President, Schneider Electric, Pakistan; Syed Zia ul Noor, Country Manager, Muslim Hands; Mr. Irfan Qaiser Sheikh, Chairperson, TEVTA & Mr. Sajid Naseer, Managing Director, PVTC for establishment of Electrical Labs in their respective institutions.
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