Over the past decade, the Philippines has succeeded in ushering in investments because of the big potential of its local talent in excelling in different fields, sectors, and industries. To maintain this momentum, education continues to be a major thrust to further the growth of the country’s future talents — the Filipino youth. Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, strengthens its commitment to education by focusing on efforts to improve learning and employment opportunities through Brigada Eskwela, Spark Scholarship Program, and Go Green in the City.

Community Enrichment Through Volunteerism

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Schneider Electric spearheads a global initiative that centers on volunteerism. Driven to transform its employees into community advocates, Schneider Electric encourages them to take part in its 15,000 volunteering days – a worldwide campaign that it hopes to accomplish by 2025. Locally, the company took part in the Department of Education’s Brigada Eskwela 2019 program as part of this movement.

More than 40 employee volunteers from the Taguig and Ortigas sites went to the Signal Village National High School where they repainted some of the school facilities. In Cavite, over 100 employee volunteers went to the Emiliano Tria Tirona High School in Kawit and assisted in preparing the school for the coming school year. They also used the event as an opportunity in greening the school, in anticipation of the global environment day and Philippine Environment Month

Alexandre Vermot, Country President, Schneider Electric Philippines said: “Schneider Electric has always been driven by our commitment to enriching the lives of the communities we are a part of. Brigada Eskwela in particular is special to me because we got to mingle with the teachers, even some of the incoming students. Hearing their stories and their dreams, it inspires us to continue our efforts to improve the educational system here in the Philippines, creating a brighter future for the Filipino Youth.”

Both team are looking forward to more engagements with their respective partner schools, which will not only strengthen Schneider Electric’s sense of community but also promote its employees with engagement activities.

Michael Crozat, Global Supply Chain Vice President for Philippine Operations, Schneider Electric shared: “This was an enriching experience for all of us here in Cavite because we got a chance to bond with our employees and also the different members of the community including the teachers, students, even the parents who were also present during the event. By taking part in this initiative, we are making sure that Life is On for everyone in the school, making their education more worthwhile. We hope to conduct more of these community engagements in the future as we make it part of our global movement.”

Sparking Up Immersive Technological Educational Opportunities

Schneider Electric, driven by their commitment to deliver a holistic education-to-employment opportunity to the youth, is spearheading its own scholarship initiative — Spark Program. The program is uniquely structured to prepare the scholar-interns as potential digital talents by being part of automation project teams. They are given mentorship from regional digital SMEs as well as from plant/local digital leaders. The scholars are evaluated by their improvement through the digital transformation of focus areas.

Graduates of the program will automatically gain employment opportunities at Schneider Electric. They can use their knowledge and skills in developing technologies that can help Schneider Electric provide Innovation at Every Level, ensuring that Life is On for everyone, every time.

For the scholarship and digital internship experience in the Philippines (MAPUA University), Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. College, students taking up courses such as Data Engineering, Computer Engineering, Industrial and Automation Engineering, Robotics, Applied Mathematics and the like are welcome to apply for the program.

Going Green In A Global Platform

Go Green in the City is Schneider Electric’s annual global business case challenge for students to gain valuable insights into the world of smart cities and energy management. This competition aims to involve Filipino students to contribute to the search for solutions to the global energy challenge while allowing them to learn from industry leaders and experts. It is also an avenue for women empowerment where each participating team must have at least one female student.

This 2019, students have submitted their bold ideas based on the following categories: “Buildings of the Future,” “Plants of the Future,” “Grids of the Future,” and “Sustainability and Access to Energy.” The challenges are connected to Schneider Electric’s sustainable business strategy and reflect the company’s commitment with UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The students are invited to share ideas to reshape the future and show a more effective side of sustainability: the connection of the social and environmental impacts of technology and the business world.

With entries submitted from different parts of the country, the top contenders will be presenting their winning projects this coming July for Go Green in the City 2019 Country Finals. The winning team will be mentored by Schneider Electric experts in preparation for the regional and global legs of the competition where they will be representing the Philippines and hopefully, the entire Asia Pacific region.

“We at Schneider Electric want to ensure that we are continuously enriching the lives of different communities and one way to help strengthen that is through education. By spearheading and taking part in all these educational initiatives, we are reaching more youth, granting them more opportunities to explore, and enabling them to be a part of our mission to transform cities and reshape industries through the digital transformation of energy management and automation,” Vermot shared.