Schneider Electric to train one million Nigerian youth on energy management

Bisola David
Bisola David
High tariffs continue to prevent West African rural people from using energy according to Schneider Electric.

Schneider Electric has committed to training one million young people in energy management and industrial automation by 2025 as part of a drive to equip youngsters for a future powered by sustainable energy.

The United Nations has stated that one in six people globally, or more than 1.8 billion people, are between the ages of 10 and 24, and nearly 90% of them live in developing nations. Therefore, it is crucial to give young people the skills they need to advance as energy leaders in the future.

Speaking to journalists, the Access to Education Coordinator for Schneider Electric in Nigeria, Ms. Funmilayo Olakitan, highlighted the company’s connection with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

The two Sustainable Development Goals for quality education and decent work and economic growth are both supported by Schneider Electric’s youth empowerment initiative.

The company’s commitment to promoting long-lasting impact through education and fulfilling employment opportunities is strengthened by this strategic alignment.

Funmilayo Olakitan cited a few of the newly inked agreements as evidence of her dedication to attaining this objective in Nigeria. “Our cooperation with the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board is a recent step towards reaching this goal.

The goal of the LASTVEB’s training program and our relationship with Schneider Electric is to train 5000 teenagers in five years. Similar to that, a partnership with the Federal University of Technology Owerri was recently established to train over 1800 adolescents over the course of five years,” the speaker stated.

“We created the electricians training program and equipped 300 unemployed youths, in partnership with the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria and the French Development Agency to improve the quality of residential and commercial electrical installations,” said the Marketing Communications Manager at Schneider Electric West Africa, Ms. Omobolanle Omotayo, in reference to the company’s empowerment mission.

The Railway Technical Institute, Yaba College of Technology, and ETIWA Vocational Training School are the three training facilities that make up the solar training program created for underprivileged Nigerians as a result of significant collaboration between Schneider Electric and the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit.

Technical and Vocational Education and Training have remained at the center of Schneider Electric’s activities, Ms. Olakitan added in further discussion of collaborations with institutes of TVET.

“We worked together to convey knowledge to students who desire to receive training in sustainable energy solutions at Covenant University, University of Lagos, Don Bosco Ghana, and Village Exchange Ghana.”

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