Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 21 - Page 73

INTELLIGENT BRANDS // Green Technology Training courses to be created in Democratic Republic of Congo ///////////////////////////// I n Haut-Katanga Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the lack of qualified electricians is undermining the province’s economic development. Schneider Electric, a leader in Digital Transformation of energy management and automation, and the Society of Jesus in the DRC, will therefore help 500 local young people find work between 2018 and 2020 by creating two certified training courses for electricians. A partnership to help underprivileged young people find work Committed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations, Schneider Electric is particularly invested in SDG 7, or ensuring access to sustainable energy for all, as a prerequisite for child education, quality of life and economic development. In 2009, the company launched its Access to Energy programme with the objective of supporting vocational electrical training, in partnership with local organisations. Since then, the programme has helped more than 148,000 people in more than 45 countries. In DRC, Didier Chika, Access to Energy Business Development Manager, contacted Father Max Senker, Director of Mwapusukeni Technical College in Lubumbashi. The college, which is managed by the Society of Jesus, has offered vocational training courses including steel construction and car mechanics for young people added between 18 and 25 since 2017. After studying market needs, the partners defined two training programmes in the energy sector – Building Electricity and Solar Energy. “A partnership agreement signed at the end of 2017 between the Jesuits, Schneider Electric DRC and the Schneider Electric Foundation describes the courses, the duration of the training, the number of beneficiaries and the target audience,” said Chika. “It also defines the commitments of each party. Given the region’s needs for qualified electricians, trainees are guaranteed job prospects.” The aim is to enable 500 young people, including 80% from underprivileged families, to train as electricians from September 2018 to 2020. Two certified programmes for trainee electricians The Building Electricity programme is designed to last a year (six months of classes and six months of experience in a company). This training will lead to a locally recognised vocational certificate. Meanwhile, the Solar Energy programme lasts four months and will take 80 students every year, including those that have completed the Building Electricity programme. The quality of the programmes is partly due to the equipment provided by Schneider Electric, through the support of the Schneider Electric Foundation. This includes learning stations (booths in which students can make connections), solar panels, batteries and charge regulators. Schneider Electric is also contributing to instructor training. The instructors’ training modules are dispensed by a Schneider Electric Teacher, an employee that applied for the position on a volunteer basis and was selected for his or her technical skills in the relevant equipment. The programme is designed to be replicated and adapted to the constraints of each region through ongoing development and improvement. For example, the solar module was developed by a professor from the Schneider Electric Paul-Louis Merl MɕɥɥѼ)MݥѠѕ̸Mɱ)ɽQ酹ѕ)ȁɥѕѼѡ)ͥɽՍѥѡȁձ)ѡɅ͕́ɔɕ͕ѕ)хՔɝ͕䁱ٕ)ՅѥՍ́ٽѥɅ)ѥєѕˊéѥє)ܹѕэ)%9Q11%9Q %<(