Schneider Electric, a leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has donated products worth over $200k to universities and TAFEs to help support the next generation of electricians.
Developed as part of Schneider Electric’s commitment to sustainability, the Circular Partnership program was designed to give a second chance to surplus products. Instead of being sent to recycling plants, 7.7 tonne of electrical materials have been diverted to educational facilities over the past year.
Donations include materials that future electricians will use regularly in their day-to-day roles. Including power sockets, distribution blocks, switchboards, and current breakers, the equipment gives students hands-on experience to help prepare them for their future careers.
Since its inception in 2021, thousands of students across the country have benefited from the program, including those at the Canberra Institute of Technology, Australian Trade Training College, College of Electrical Training and NECA Training.
“The Circular Partnership program has helped our apprentices enormously. At CQ University, our students’ learning experience is our top priority. Having the latest industry equipment to assist our training program means more students have greater access to the tools they need to succeed. The donation from Schneider Electric has allowed us to expand our inventory and provide students with new equipment that ensures we’re keeping in step with industry standards,” said Barney Brough, Electrical Teacher, College of Trades CQ University Australia.
A year into its operation, Schneider Electric has now donated almost 20,000 units, including products from its residential electrical brand Clipsal by Schneider Electric (Clipsal) as part of the program.
“At Schneider Electric, we are always striving to ensure our customers have access to best-in-class equipment. As Australia moves towards an increasingly digital and energy efficient future, we understand how important it is that the workforce is prepared. By donating our surplus product, we’re able to not only support the next generation of electricians, but also continue in our sustainability journey. Giving these products a new life means we can empower more people to make the most of our energy and resources by re-using.” said Tam Johnston, Schneider Electric Foundation and Community Lead.
To find out more about Schneider Electric’s Circular Partnership program and register your interest, visit www.se.com/au.