Regional electric cables and conductors manufacturer, East African Cables is set to unveil a business development-training programme geared at enhancing skills for electrical wiring technicians countrywide.
Commencing Tuesday next week, the training programme sponsored by East African Cables, under its Fundi Bora Club initiative will be, delivered by TechnoServe Kenya, a leading non-profit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets.
Speaking when he confirmed the partnership with TechnoServe, East African Cables Managing Director George Mwangi, disclosed that the programme’s first phase targets to train more than 1,000 electrical wiring technicians.
The programme tailor made by TechnoServe to meet the unique needs of local electrical wiring technicians, Mwangi said will cover business development aspects such as Personal Effectiveness, Professional effectiveness in Business, Business management and Entrepreneurship.
The training component touching on professional effectiveness, Mwangi noted will particularly help boost East African Cables on-going efforts to curb the use of counterfeit electrical cables. He singled out the use of counterfeit cables by unscrupulous electrical wiring technicians, as a key contributor to the growing incidences of electrical faults related fire accidents in residential houses.
“This training programme is part of East African Cables efforts to enhance the electricians technical and business skills,” Mwangi said.
And added: “In our engagements with the Fundi’s since the inception of the Fundi Bora club in 2011, we have noted that beyond their technical skills the electricians are in dire need of other skills that can help them boost their effectiveness as professional service providers.”
As part of East African Cables commitment to develop technical skills among Electrical Wiring technicians, the firm has continued to invest heavily through the accreditation of such technicians to the Fundi Bora Club.
Accredited technicians are, afforded an opportunity to enjoy free business and technical skills training programmes among other benefits, and in return provide a pool of trained electricians whose services are offered to East African Cables customers.
All East African Cables Fundi Club Members, Mwangi pointed out are Electricity Regulatory Commission licensed technicians with a five-year minimum practice experience.
The building industry, Mr. Mwangi regretted had been, infiltrated by uncertified and unqualified electricians who are offering substandard electrical services, endangering their clients’ and end users.
As a business development programme, customers purchasing East African Cables range of domestic and specialized cables enjoy an exclusive client referral service to accredited wiring technicians.
“At East African Cables, we are now stepping up our long-term initiative to empower cable installers with skills to enable them undertake quality installations that primarily guarantee safety and value for money,” Mwangi explained.
By training and registering electricians, East African Cables is also taking a strategic step to ensure that the construction industry continue to tap into a pool of trained domestic electrical technicians.