For many years, Vivo Energy Mauritius (and Shell before it) has supported the Saint Gabriel Technical School, which provides technical training to teenaged learners from needy families. In the past, Vivo Energy has supported the institution by funding student bursaries, financing and donating equipment, and facilitating placement for the students at Vivo Energy sites.
In 2012, the company decided to merge its support to the school with another of its key community investment concerns – generating public awareness on the safe handling of LPG. Noting a shortage of qualified LPG technicians in the country (a must for the safe installation of gas in homes), Vivo Energy launched an LPG training module as part of the school curriculum.
The key, of course, was to train up a number of the school’s teachers to enable them to deliver the module on their own. To begin with, two Vivo Energy colleagues from the LPG department ran a couple of preliminary “train-the-trainer” classes, before Michel Nicol, a global expert on LPG, was flown in to impart more in-depth training.