GIS - 12 December 2013: The Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (MITD) in collaboration with the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) launched a Training of Trainers Programme on Photo-Voltaic (PV) Technology this morning at the Ecole Hôtelière Sir Gaëtan Duval, Ebène, in the presence of the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Dr. Vasant Bunwaree.
In his address, Minister Bunwaree stated that this training programme is in line with the Maurice Ile Durable concept which aims for a sustainable Mauritius with a green future as well as reduce dependency on fossil fuels through the efficient use of energy and increase use of renewable energy.
According to him, the objectives of this investment are two-fold: first is to train technicians in green technology and second to help become more energy efficient thus reducing the energy bills on the MITD training centres.
The MITD will be required to play a vital role in reorienting Technical and Vocational Education Training in Mauritius, stated the Minister, adding that it must also help in the promotion of green skills and develop new training programmes for capacity building in regards to green jobs.
The main objectives of this five-day workshop are to dispense, in the first place, a train-the-trainer training programme to twelve MITD trainers/instructors and eight PV designers/professionals in the industry, as well as impart training to selected target groups like MITD and university students in view of creating public awareness.
The project is sponsored by the HRDC to the tune of Rs 5 million and this training programme is expected to boost the installation of PV systems and use of photovoltaic energy as a source of green energy in the island.
The training programme consists of both theory and practical sessions based on the installation, testing and commissioning of PV systems on MITD training centres. One grid-tie PV system will be installed on the Ecole Hôtelière Sir Gaëtan Duval, Ebène, while two stand-alone PV systems will be fixed on the School of Information Technology, Electronics and Communication, Ebène and the Knowledge-based Training Centre, Military Road, Port Louis, respectively.
Moreover, a number of short courses will be run after installation of the PV system, whereby around 180 professionals from the industry will be trained on a yearly basis as from 2014. Some 80 MITD trainees will also be dispensed training in full-time courses incorporating a module in Renewable Energy.
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