, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 2 – Schneider Electric has partnered with Eastlands College of Technology to launch an Electric and Solar Energy Laboratory in its Campus located off Lunga Lunga road – Industrial Area.
Schneider Electric, through its Foundation, has supported Eastlands College of Technology (ECT) in equipping an Electricity and Solar Energy laboratory for the Electrical department.
The partnership between Schneider Electric and ECT will see the implementation of a three-year qualifying Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering specialized in Telecommunications, an Accredited course in electricity “Electrical wireman and Solar Installations” and a three-month Certificate course in solar energy “Solar Photovoltaic” leading to an ERC certification.
In addition, ECT will implement a micro-entrepreneurship module disseminated in all the electricity and energy-related training courses thereby raising awareness around entrepreneurship and equipping the trainees with skills to start their own enterprises.
Schneider Electric will also upskill the capacity of trainers at ECT through training of trainers.
Eastlands College of Technology (ECT) is a Technical Vocational and Entrepreneurial Training Institution sponsored by Strathmore Educational Trust, to offer market-oriented and demand driven courses following the Dual Training System especially to the underprivileged youth.
The College reaches out to unemployed or untrained youth, middle-level labourers as well as micro-entrepreneurs between 18 and 35 years old in the greater Nairobi area.
Since it opened its doors in 2015, ECT has welcomed over 1000 students from the neighbouring areas to receive training in Electronics and Electrical Technology.
“The lack of well-trained electricians and engineers in the electrical and energy fields is a major obstacle to the successful and sustainable development of a number of regions in emerging economies,” says Edouard Heripret, General Manager East Africa, Schneider Electric.