ISLAMABAD-China’s leading solar solutions provider LONGi and ETRC have arranged training sessions on solar energy in Pakistan, which would play an important role in popularizing this safe and cheap energy option, Gwadar Pro reported on Sunday.

In this connection, a training session on solar energy is in progress at the Energy Training and Research Centre (ETRC) in Lahore. The two-month event, which started last week, admitted 20 Pakistani students with a diploma of associate engineer (DEA) or bachelor of technology (B-Tech), said Ali Majid, LONGi General Manager in Pakistan, told the Gwadar Pro.

He noted, there is a skill “gap” in fresh engineers as they are “good at designs but there was a gap for execution across the market.”

Such courses, says Majid, will fill the skill gap and make newly graduated engineers skilled labour, technicians, and associate engineers who are currently in high demand in Pakistan. “…Through these courses, they have hands-on experience. Then we offer them jobs,” he said.

“Another similar training programme is also in the pipeline. In the same way, we have to train female [students], and there are 50 females who will be trained,” said Faiz Bhutta, CEO of ETRC.He added this is basically a collaboration-based programme. We will take it to KPK, Islamabad, and also Karachi.”

He also said that future training sessions will take place in more Pakistani cities and also be extended to more majors including bachelor of science in engineering (BSE).