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SERC welcomes Pakistani Business in pioneering International Skills Partnership


In line with their international strategy, SERC has collaborated with Pakistan based company, Premier Energy, to deliver a unique skills development project through an International Skills Partnership.

As part of the British Council-backed International Skills Partnership, the College recently welcomed Premier Energy's Training Manager Zain Ul Abideen, to the College to take part in specialist Train the Trainer training in Solar Energy, Electrical Installation and Environmental Technologies.

SERC's Lead Business Consultant Paul Henry explains: “SERC is delighted to share our expertise with Premier Energy in this way. Our new partner was incredibly impressed with the UK education system, our facilities, teaching staff and warm hospitality and we are delighted to be supporting them in their ambition to set-up their own vocational training facility back home in Pakistan.

“SERC is dedicated to ensuring a global vision and outlook in all that we do. This project represents us around the world and is a hallmark of our quality teaching and learning. We are proud to be working with Premier Energy to build their capability in the areas of renewable energies to meet the skills gaps of their region.

“The Train the Trainer training will enable Premier Energy to take the first step to plan, execute and operate a technical training institute in Pakistan, providing accredited City and Guilds vocational training programmes."

SERC's International Officer Zia Nazar said “The British Council's International Skills Partnerships are an innovative way of addressing skills and employability challenges. They bring together organisations from the UK and overseas with similar priorities to share their knowledge and expertise and devise new approaches to skills development.

“This ambitious partnership project is an exciting milestone and recognises our continuing focus on sharing our expertise on a global scale. Our international strategy is to seek opportunities through the development of sustainable global partnerships to meet economic and workforce needs. It is testimony to the growing reputation of SERC that we have been successful in securing this and other successful partnerships throughout the years."

Mr. Daniyal Siddiqui; Country Head Premier Energy, Pakistan added:

“The solution focused approach adopted by SERC and the vision shared by Premier Energy to revolutionise the energy sector of Pakistan, lead to the formation of this amazing partnership with SERC providing adequate training and platforms.  With this partnership, SERC and Premier shared more than just knowledge base but shall also be taking Pakistan one step closer to Energy Independence. With the establishment of a fully equipped training institute “PremSol", Premier Energy together with SERC shall be increasing employability, creating more employment opportunities and promoting the use of renewable energy resources hence playing our role in creating a greener tomorrow for generations to come."  

Premier Energy identified an opportunity to upskill employers in Pakistan as currently there is no or little standardised training available for existing workers.

A second training session is currently being planned in Pakistan where SERC staff will deliver workshops and training in securing Centre Approval from City and Guilds and give knowledge transfer on quality assurance procedures. Follow-up meetings will be conducted via email, Skype and telephone calls.

For more information please contact our international office on 028 9267 7225 X 1748 or email Zia Nazar on