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125 students getting training as solar energy technicians

Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Company (TUSDEC) organised a ceremony to award the certificates to the first two batches of solar technicians trained by TUSDEC.

TUSDEC has joined hands with Giz Pakistan to foster the solar power industry with the provision of technically trained manpower in the specialised areas of Photovoltaics and Solar Water Heating.

The training programme being implemented under GiZ FIT (Funds for Innovative Trainings) initiatives where TUSDEC aims to train 125 students as solar technicians by March 2014. The programme is co-funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Federal Republic of Germany and implemented through Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in collaboration with National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC).

A meticulous display of candidates’ assignments on solar equipment has also been arranged at the high tech solar lab that the company has established with the cost of Rs 3 million to impart the practical training sessions.

TUSDEC Chief Executive Officer Basit Maqsood Abbasi said a solar lab with most modern equipment was established in the Company premises to punctuate more focus on the practical and industry driven trainings in solar technologies so that the graduates would be absorbed by the job market right away.

The graduates at the ceremony asserted that they have been imparted with comprehensive theoretical and practical trainings in the testing, installation and trouble shooting of numerous kinds of solar panels, which are currently in demand by the solar industry in the country.

The Company’s representative shared experts from various enterprises and solar engineers were engaged to contrive the curricula for the trainings so that the industry’s call for the technical manpower would be effectively consummated. Essentially the programme is focused at rearing the renewable energy sector in Pakistan pertaining to its dire indigence in the running energy crisis, the source further shared. Skilled manpower is the requisite for a successful technological intervention in any industrial sector. The dexterous solar technicians would further fuel up the proliferation of solar technology in the country by curtailing the installation and maintenance costs.

Another strand of the programme is focused at rendering livelihood opportunities among the youth through the provision of technical trainings in various innovative employable trades, TUSDEC Programme head shared.

Technical trainings in conventional trades have germinated massive redundancy among the blue-collar workers and it is the need of the hour to set a forward-looking approach for technical skill development to produce both adept and employable youth. The on-tap apposite workforce would also catalyze the development and promotion of renewable energy sources.

A job fair was organised by TUSDEC, which thronged with numerous employers from the solar industry. Prominent officials from Technical Vocational Education and Training sector, public sector and private industries in solar technologies attended the event.

Copulative efforts from public, private and the non-profit sectors to work up the alternate energy sources will certainly help suffice the country’s accelerating energy needs on sustainable basis.

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