Abidjan (Ivory Coast), April 7, 2017 – Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, inaugurated a new vocational training centre in the field of energy in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), initiated in partnership with the Ministry of State, Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Professional Training for The Republic of Ivory Coast (MEMEASFP) and the development centre for building trades (CPM-Bat). The ceremony took place on March 30, 2017, in the presence of Dalil Paraiso, President of Schneider Electric West Africa.
The training centre aims to train 60 young people per year, selected from 10 Abidjan communes, in energy sector trades. The training will last 6 months and includes a two-month job internship in the energy, construction and entrepreneurship fields, and will facilitate the integration of disadvantaged youth into the workforce in Ivory Coast. The first intake started their training on December 7, 2016.
Training, a key challenge in West Africa
“This vocational training centre is the culmination of a three-way collaboration with MEMEASFP, the Schneider Electric Foundation and Schneider Electric West Africa. It will give disadvantaged youth the chance to enhance their professional skills in the energy sector and access jobs”, said Dalil Paraiso, President of Schneider Electric West Africa. “Training is a key challenge in West Africa and we are delighted to be able to help develop it through this initial project”.
Schneider Electric’s investment in West Africa, supported by the Schneider Electric Foundation, is in line with the partnerships carried out with players in education, industry and NGOs, which are designed to offer training and services tailored to communities at the base of the pyramid. Through its access-to-energy programme, Schneider Electric wants to help disadvantaged populations acquire the skills and expertise to accelerate countries’ economic and social development. This is also part of the people pillar of the Planet & Society barometer aiming at mobilizing Schneider Electric to act on sustainable development objectives and communicate the company’s results to its stakeholders. The Group aims to train 150,000 young people by end 2017 and 1 million young people by 2025.
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