Discos achieve milestone in sustainable capacity building
Regional Training Centres and Circle Training Centres of the government-owned power distribution companies (Discos) reached a milestone in sustainable capacity building.
A team of three master trainers, Mahmood Us Salam Khan, Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco), Muhammad Salahuddin Tipu, Multan Electric Power Company (Mepco) and Syed Shafiq Aziz, Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) for the first time conducted the three-week Adult Learning Training of Trainers (TOT) course developed and implemented entirely by the USAID Power Distribution Programme.
In this first ever achievement, the master trainer team trained 13 trainers from seven distribution companies in modern training methods. "The introduction of the TOT programme in the electrical utility sector is awesome. We master trainers received direction on how to develop learning environment, enhance learning skills, training needs assessment to redesign course. Now we are playing a role for the growth of Discos, in terms of setting the overarching goal and standards for the training activities in these companies."
The training process undertaken by the master trainers to become fully qualified was a rigorous three-part programme which included completing the three-week Adult Learning Training of Trainers as participants, co-training that the same course with USAID Power Distribution Programme staff and finally, conducting the course in its entirety. DISCOs will now be able to continue the training of all training centre staff, with only administrative assistance from USAID Power Distribution Programme.
Course participant Nazi Ahmed, Junior Instructor, RTC QESCO noted, "Prior to this training was a monotonous, routine job. Now it has become a versatile and creative activity, learning through games, role-playing etc. It completely changed the existing one way lecture-based passive learning. The new methods are knowledge oriented, interesting and fun not only for trainers but for trainees also."
The 13 new graduates of the Adult Learning Training of Trainers course raised the total number of trainers trained to 64 throughout the nine Discos. Discos are recognising the value of capacity building in their training staff and have committed significant time to the process. The five-year USAID Power Distribution Programme was announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009 as one of the US efforts to support Government of Pakistan to reform the power sector to mitigate the current energy crisis. (Business Recorder, 2013)