The Colombo Plan Staff College and Labtech International held an online in-country program on “Training of Trainers on Electrical Basics Using Virtual TVET” from March 28- April 1, 2022.

The program was able to involve a total of 24 trainers, instructors, and department heads of electrical and electronics departments from TVET Institutions in the member countries; Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, India, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

Supervising the program were Prof. G.L.D. Wickramasinghe, CPSC Director General and Dr. Steven McKee, President of Labtech International Ltd; Program coordination and resources were provided by Mr. Brad Ker, General Manager of Labtech Academy.

This course provides an introduction for Teachers/Instructors to a TVET learning management system (LMS) and the Virtual TVET digital learning content. The learning materials or topics were designed to cover the introduction to electrical fundamentals, instruments and meters, electrical components, power supplies, etc. It also goes into developing the students’ knowledge and skills leading to more advanced or practical studies such as residential and commercial wiring systems, electrical machines and their controls, electrical protection systems, etc.

Participants of the program during the opening ceremony

Mr. Steve McKee (left) demonstrating the electrical basics in a car through a virtual lecture

Participant Responses

Mr. Raghubar Lal Joshi
Sr. Electrical Instructor
Balaju School of Engineering & Technology, Nepal
I think that this training enabled us to learn more and we can use the lessons of the training for our students who are currently adapting to the requirements of virtual classes. We have gained confidence in conducting virtual classes through this training. All topics are very important, specifically topics about Virtual TVET and Preparing Lesson Plans for Virtual TVET. The training also reduced the cost and time required for the course and we can quickly implement the lessons for our students. After the training, we intend to introduce the lessons, as well as short skills demonstrations.
Mr. Thanaphat Intasoi
Electrical Teacher
Udonthani Polytechnic College, Thailand
I am very happy and honored to attend this training. The training also enabled me to know CPSC and Labtech Academy. It improvised teaching and learning in my school and it promotes the self-learning of students, which is appropriate for online learning. I tried to use the contents of the training in my own instruction and I feel good because it is easy to understand and interactive. I hope to have more opportunities to attend more training sessions with CPSC and Labtech in the future.
Mr. Leow Choon Seng
Section Head
Institute of Technical Education, Singapore
I appreciate the interactive learning where the student can learn, identify the electrical components, apply practical lessons and go to formative assessment. This part, I think, is very comprehensive. Despite the teaching challenges experienced by the Singaporean education sector during the pandemic, these types of training ensure that instructors are up-to-date with the latest trends particularly on the basics of electrical machinery.