Schneider Electric donates lab at Don Bosco for out-of-school youth

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By Stephanie Roxas French energy firm Schneider Electric has partnered with Don Bosco Technical College (DBTC) in launching on Tuesday, June 21, the Green Electrician Laboratory for out-of-school youth. 2 - Green Electrician Laboratory Located at the DBTC Technical-Vocational Education and Training Center in Mandaluyong City, the Green Electrician Laboratory will be used to train 30 underprivileged youths in a 14-month curriculum patterned with the module of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda). The course work include trainings on house and building wiring, fundamentals of electrical safety, troubleshooting and monitoring of electrical installation in residential and commercial buildings, and basics of residential solar energy system installations. They will also be taught skills on business, language, computer basics, and entrepreneurship. Gabriel Jover, program manager at Schneider Electric Philippines, said they are planning to expand the corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative to Iloilo and Pangasinan. He also said a partnership with the government is also in the works to help improve the quality of electrical education in the country. “It’s an on-going partnership. At some point, the requirements for tools and equipments will change. It’s not a one-time thing,” Jover said. Upon completion of the training, students will be awarded a National Certification 2 (NC2) qualification for Electrical Installation and Maintenance from Tesda. The laboratory is powered by Prisma iPM, a type-tested switchboard from Schneider Electric Philippines. Unlike machine-built panels, the switchboard was developed by technicians from Schneider Electric. “This Prisma panel was designed with safety in mind. We have about 11 partners in the country that built this — four in here in Manila and seven in other parts of the country,” Schneider Electric Philippines channel and offer marketing head Michael Sapitan. ]]>

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