Engie, NSDC to collaborate on solar skills training for 600 young people


Engie, through its SolaireDirect Energy India unit, has agreed to collaborate with National Skill Development Corp. (NSDC) to train 600 young people as solar module technicians. The goal is to impart the knowledge, skills, and training that young graduates need to enter the employment market. 

“Through this development project, Engie aims to ensure a just transition through capacity building as countries embark on their energy transition journeys … Engie aims to bridge the gap between learning and working through such programs that focus on skills and capacity building,” said the company, noting that the training will be provided in Anantapur, Kurnool, Kadappa, and Bikaner. 

The project is part of Engie’s corporate social responsibility initiative for the 2022-23 period and will continue until the first quarter of 2024. Students will be taught the basics of PV systems and their components, among other topics. 

After training, NSDC will send candidates to different companies for skills training. They will be taught how to do site surveys, assess customer requirements, procure components, and install civil/mechanical and electrical components, in addition to how to handle testing, project commissioning, and PV maintenance. NSDC will ensure that all of the training programs are in line with the Qualification Pack (QP)/National Occupation Standards set by the Sector Skill Councils (SSC).

“Engie understands there is a massive female underrepresentation in STEM. Therefore, the company intends to encourage more girls to participate in training programs like these so that they can challenge the status quo and break the glass ceiling in the future,” said Engie. 

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