Anyone looking for a professional opportunity in solar technology in Pakistan can take part in a training course organised by the PGFRC. 20 participants made use of this offer – and already have clear ideas for their future.
A series of solar modules on a roof in Lahore's bustling Mughalpura district is being inspected by 28-year-old Abdul. He searches for cracks, discolouration and accumulations of dirt that could cause defects. Soon he wants to do this professionally. A large number of solar energy companies are currently being set up in Pakistan. But Abdul is still learning. Roof inspections form part of his training to become a solar technician specialising in photovoltaic systems.
Like many others, Abdul has returned to Pakistan from abroad and now wants to build a future for himself. Abdul had spent 18 months in Germany. But a family emergency around two years ago meant that Abdul returned to Karachi, his home city.
This training course provides an opportunity for him and the other participants to realign themselves professionally. The training course is not only intended for returnees. People who have remained in Pakistan can also take part. All of them are hoping for better career prospects. Abdul reckons that the opportunities in the solar sector are good: “Solar energy is a growing trend in Pakistan. This is due to the ongoing energy crisis, with the result that solar installation technicians are currently in high demand”, he says.