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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.

A few weeks later, Saint Gabriel Technical School had a group of newly qualified LPG technicians, ready to impart their knowledge to their students. The graduates were handed their certificates at a special ceremony attended by the country’s Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment and Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare.

“We have always played a major role in developing the national standards governing LPG equipment, sitting on various government-chaired committees. The successful launch of our new module at Saint Gabriel Technical School is a testament not only to our ongoing commitment to investing in education, but also to our expertise and experience in the field of LPG safety, and to our reputation for exemplary HSSE standards in general.”

- Kiran Juwaheer, Managing Director of Vivo Energy Mauritius