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CPUT launches electric education training centre

A training centre designed to equip underprivileged people with the skills essential to the energy industry has been launched on the Bellville Campus.

Through the use of its didactic equipment and intensive vocational training, junior and senior technicians in the fields of electricity will now enter the work environment with advanced practical skills.

Schneider Electric, a global specialist company in energy management, will be deploying its teachers from around the world to provide advanced training on various topics of interest such as entrepreneurship, and using its Access to Energy programme as a vehicle to create employment in communities.

“Through this programme, Schneider Electric provides innovative green solutions that create access to energy in communities where people are living without access to energy,” said Eric Leger, Country President at Schneider Electric Southern Africa.

The centre is part of a national network of five training centres called French South African Schneider Electric Education Centre network (F’SASEC).

F’SASEC forms part of Schneider Electric’s sustainability strategy to train electrical artisans from disadvantaged backgrounds with the ultimate goal of creating employment.

Prof Alexandre Sebastiani, F’SASEC Director at Vaal University of Technology, said the network allows for TVET College graduates to enrol for short courses at CPUT to add to their knowledge as well as for CPUT students to go to the College of Cape Town to learn more about practical work.

Ben Groenewald, Head of CPUT’s Electrical Engineering Department, said he is proud of the partnership involving Schneider Electric, the French Ministry of Education and CPUT, which allows for the interaction between the university and the local college and added that the project’s future looks good.


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