LAHORE - Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Company (TUSDEC) organized here on Thursday a ceremony to award certificates to the final batches of solar technicians trained by the company.

In the pursuit of enabling technologically sophisticated manpower for industrial uplift, TUSDEC has joined hands with Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to foster the solar power industry with the provision of technically adept manpower in the specialized areas of Photovoltaics and Solar Water Heating Systems.

TUSDEC trained a pool of 125 solar technicians under GIZ FIT (Funds for Innovative Training) initiative of TVET Reform Support Programme, which is co-funded by the European Union, the Embassay 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).

TUSDEC affianced seasoned experts from various enterprises to contrive the curricula for the trainings so that the industry’s demand for the skilled workforce would be effectively consummated.

The programme was designed to punctuate more focus on the industry driven practical trainings so that the graduates would be immediately assimilated in the local job market, according to the company source.

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. Skilled manpower is the requisite for a successful technological intervention in any industrial sector and these dexterous solar technicians would further fuel up the proliferation of solar technology in the country by efficacious load management, system designing, troubleshooting and installation techniques.

TUSDEC strives to design and formulate training programmes in innovative trades employing innovative approaches to empower the youth with verdant livelihood opportunities and this programme is one particular fibril towards that notion, TUSDEC Programme Head shared.

There is a dire need for apposite workforce contrary to the conventionally trained labour force to catalyze the industrial development for economic growth. TUSDEC would continue to provide the trainings in solar technology and contemplates to expand the initiative through establishing a common facility centre providing testing, trainings and technical assistance to uplift the solar technology sector catering to the need for uninterrupted energy supply.

Certificates were awarded by Ms. Neelofar Hafeez Joint Secretary Ministry of Industries and Production and Mr Basit Maqsood Abbasi, CEO TUSDEC to the 75 graduates of Photovotaics and Solar Water Heating Systems, concluding the programme by training a pool of 125 trainees selected from all across Pakistan.

Joint Secretary Ministry of Industries and Production Ms. Neelofar Hafeez appreciated the efforts of TUSDEC for imparting technical and practical trainings to youth and also urged the passing out students to utilize the knowledge gained during the training for the benefit of the country and nation.

The event was attended by the prominent officials from TVET sector, public sector and private industries in solar technologies.