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Automation Technologies 4/2015

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Automation Technologies 4/2015

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NEWS AND MARKETS Employing, but also empowering through technical training With more than 61 % people in the working age group, Laos doesnt have demographic problem, the problem is lack of trained engineers, especially measurement engineers. Due to inadequate education system and infrastrucutral benefits not reaching the far corners of this south east asian country the developement of the population remains patchy. Endress+Hauser is doing its bit to overcome this deficit, by helping people to help themselves. About Company name: Endress+Hauser AG Headquarters: Reinach, Switzerland Turnover: € 2 billion Employees: 12,400 worldwide Products: Flow, level, pressure,temperature and analysis measurement instruments, services and solutions for process automation Since the economy opened up 25 years ago, Laos has been progressing. The per capita income of majority of the population is increasing, the social middle class is growing. But the development of the country is still patchy due to uneven sharing of the growing economy and infrastructural benefits but mainly due to inadequate education system. In the mountainous north of the country, international mining corporations are tapping into the rich deposits of copper, gold and silver, processing the excavated ores on site. The mines and plants also offer the local population work and a livelihood. “But it’s almost impossible for our customers to find the required specialists locally,” reports Rolf Leber, Head of Endress+Hauser’s Asian-Pacific Support Center that facilitates sales in the region. But not for long, things are set to change. At the Lao-German Technical School in the capital city, Vientiane, the country’s first instrumentation specialists are soon to be trained. The project being co- financed by the ‘develoPPP.de’ program of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, has also got extensive support from the private players in the region. For example

Endress+Hauser training rig provided to the Lao-German Technical School Endress+Hauser, actively supporting the establishment of a training center with its know-how, material and manpower. The training program for instrumentation is designed for web-based training course and tutorials at the Application training center in Reinach Switzerland. Apart from tutorial and conventional The training program will demonstrate our corporate responsibility teaching materials, the company is providing a training rig which allows processes to be simulated, enabling first-hand experience of operating the modern measurement instrumentation. Sign of responsibility Endress+Hauser is involved in the project as a partner of the development organization, ‘sequa’, which is jointly supported by Germany’s private sector and the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation. A € 200,000 of development assistance funding is flowing into the project. However, the actual costs are far higher: Endress+Hauser is contributing an additional € 250,000 in goods and labor. “We see this as a contribution to the country’s development” says Rolf Leber. Interest in the new qualification is high, and so are the requirements. Applicants – usually with basic training as an electrician – have to submit a project with their application and take a selection test. The first course is already under way. The classroom is still virtual, with learning and practice carried out only on computers. All web-based training as well as teaching materials have been translated into the national language ‘Laotian’. Soon the first students should be able to gain practical experience on the training rig. Endress+Hauser has trained five Laotian specialists as course tutors. Endress+Hauser will follow the project closely, particularly in the early stages. But the principle objective is very clearly to help people help themselves. The Lao-German Technical School is to take over complete responsibility for the training program by 2016. By then the planned qualification as Junior Instrumentation Engineer should be state-recognized. Rolf Leber is already looking forward to the first graduates: “That will be a really special moment – not only for Laos, but also for Endress+Hauser!” The program by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development specifically aims to create development partnerships with the private sector. Photographs: teaser fotolia, others Endress+Hauser www.endress.com AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES 4/2015

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