German-Thai continuing professional development programme: New knowledge geared to the expansion of renewable energy
Eight engineers from a Thai energy supplier took part in an unusual type of continuing professional development scheme: they spent six and a half months in German companies in Germany to acquire expertise needed to drive forward renewable energy, energy efficiency and smart power grids. Project manager Pedro Pacheco from GIZ’s Academy for International Cooperation explains the background to this extraordinary programme.
Mr. Pacheco, when Thai electricity suppliers think about continuing professional development, they do not usually hit upon the idea of doing it in Germany - and certainly not for over six months. How did this scheme come about?
Of course, it was not a coincidence. The electricity provider Provincial Electricity Authority, PEA for short, has been working for quite some time with the Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ) , which also has a branch in Bangkok. The personal contacts and positive experience with previous training sessions ultimately led PEA to commission the Academy to deliver this professional development programme for eight engineers in Germany. In addition, of course, we tailored the programme very closely to PEA’s needs.