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Schneider Electric Expands Education Training Collaboration with DHET

Jul 19, 2018

Schneider Electric expands education training collaboration with DHET

Specialists in energy management and automation, Schneider Electric South Africa, have signed a statement of intent with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to expand their Access to Education training collaboration.

Schneider Electric South Africa, since 2012, has provided energy education to almost 9 000 people and will in the next four years increase to 30 000, including students, community members, entrepreneurs and teachers. Its access to education addresses the need practical skills development within the field of energy. The collaboration between Schneider Electric and the DHET will focus on student development, staff development, as well as curriculum and program development since its working towards the promotion of vocational training and training of trainers.

Caspar Herzberg, President of Schneider Electric Middle East and Africa, who co-signed the statement of intent with Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of Higher Education and Training, stated that they are pleased to sign this statement of intent and that a core value of Schneider Electric is guaranteeing that Life is On for everybody, everywhere and at every moment. He furthered to say that the key to accomplishing this esteem is the execution of our preparation programs in the field of energy which have been designed to support and promote training initiatives as well as vocational training in historically disadvantaged communities; recognizing the significance of 

Schneider Electric recognizes the importance of coordinated effort amongst industry and government which will ensure development in more than one hundred countries they operate in and with such initiatives that promote job creation and the establishment of new entrepreneurs through their training programs.  

Caspar Herzberg again stated that, looking to the future, an inclusion to Schneider Electric South Africa’s existing electrical artisan programs, Schneider Electric Teachers’ program, access to the Schneider Electric Academy, the online Energy University, its didactic equipment and practical exposure for electrical students as part of the scope of the statement of intent has being made. Schneider Electric South Africa and Schneider Electric Foundation partnered with the French Ministry of Education to launch the first French South African Schneider Electric Education Centre (F’SASEC) in 2012 at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT). The F’SASEC network, now present at five educational institutions in South Africa, promotes practical training of electrical artisans, introduces advanced teaching methods to train trainers and establishes best practices. F’SASEC was developed in line with the DHET’s white paper for bridging the gap between various levels of education, with a strong focus on preparing young South Africans.

In conclusion, Herzberg explained how critical it is that collaborations between industries and government are expanded in the field of higher education, training, and skills development so that consolidation and acceleration of efforts can prepare the workforce for the future.


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