Lahore: The Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Company (Tusdec) awarded certificates to the first two batches of solar technicians trained by it in a programme being run in association with GIZ Pakistan.
In an effort to promote technological advancement in the industry, Tusdec has tied up with GIZ Pakistan to support the solar power industry by providing technically trained manpower in specialised areas of photovoltaics and solar water heating.
Under the training programme, being implemented with the assistance of GIZ Funds for Innovative Trainings (FIT), 125 students will be trained as solar technicians by March next year.
The programme is co-funded by the European Union, the embassy of the Netherlands and Germany and implemented through GIZ GmbH in collaboration with the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC).
A display of candidates’ assignments on solar equipment has also been arranged at the high-tech solar lab that the company has established at a cost of Rs3 million to impart practical training.
Speaking on the occasion, Tusdec Chief Executive Officer Basit Maqsood Abbasi said a solar lab with most modern equipment was established in the company premises to focus more on practical and industry-driven training in solar technologies so that graduates could be absorbed in the job market immediately.
The graduates asserted that they had got comprehensive theoretical and practical training in testing, installation and trouble shooting of numerous kinds of solar panels, which were in demand in the solar industry.
The company’s representative said experts from various enterprises and solar engineers were engaged to set the curricula so that the industry’s needs for manpower could be met.
Essentially, the programme is focused on the renewable energy sector. The solar technicians will promote solar technology by curtailing installation and maintenance costs.