Schneider Electric, NAPTIN Conclude Training for Electricians, Pursue Gender Inclusion

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Nigeria’s power management giant, Schneider Electric in partnership with the
National Power Training Institute (NAPTIN) and the French Development Agency
has concluded the second round of its training programme for electricians in Lagos.
The second round of the training, which commenced September 3rd, rounded off on
the 26th of November, 2019.

Schneider Electric and NAPTIN made it a commitment to promote gender diversity in
their electrician training program. Engr Ayoola Ramoni, who represented the Director
General of NAPTIN, Mr Ahmed Nagode, made a strong case for increased female
participation in the next batch of trainees. Explaining that the few ladies that turned
up for the training exercise proved to be exceptional, he advocated for a deliberate
strategy to increase women participation.

Further, Engr Ramoni said, “Compared to the last batch, it is good we have registered
an increase in the level of interest from women electricians but that is still a far cry
from the desired level.”.

The electrician training programme co-sponsored by Schneider Electric is open to all
prospective electricians, beginners and installers, to either learn the profession or
consolidate previous knowledge in key electrical installation subjects. Participants
may register for the full course or specific modules. The training is 70 percent
practical to complement classroom knowledge and expose participants to the right
way to carry out installations.
This is set to give a significant boost to a sector with limited local human and
institutional capacities.

The first round of the training began in May and ended in August this year.
Speaking with journalists at the graduation ceremony of the second batch, Mr Isaac
Adeleke, the Training Project Coordinator for Schneider Electric noted that the
company doesn’t stop at training, but that it continues with a scheduled follow-up
on those who have been trained.

Again, he added: “the quality of delivery is not in doubt. To ensure the application of
global standards, Schneider Electric has upskilled NAPTIN trainers through extensive
training in France and Nigeria. With the support of the French Development Agency,
Schneider Electric also provided a fully equipped laboratory to reinforce technical
training”.

On the requirement to register for the programme, he said, "there’s no barrier
whatsoever. All it takes is the interest to acquire the needed skill. Whether graduate,
undergraduate, or without any formal education; everyone, from beginners to those
seeking to refresh their technical know-how are welcome”.

“The plan by Schneider Electric and its partners is to implement the program in three
cities: Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt; with Lagos being the pilot city. The centres
are set to train 360 Nigerians per year in electrical installation across the country.

The training which lasts for three months covers Solar power, Cable Routing, Wire
Installation, Energy Management Systems, Metering System and several other topics.

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