Tamuna Lekveishvili, above, studies high-voltage electrical engineering at the Georgia Technical Training Center.
The Georgian Technical Training Center (GTTC) is training technicians in mechanical engineering, industrial automation, and mechatronics, as well as training manufacturing supervisors. Graduates of the program will leave GTTC with quality training and a skillset that will immediately benefit the growing industrial sector across Georgia.
MCC’s $2,362,910 investment is matched by $3,199,879 in co-funding from British Petroleum (BP). The funds were used to construct a state of the art training facility with modern laboratory equipment and workshops, train instructors, develop the new curricula, and introduce an innovative e-learning center.
After graduating with her B.A. in May of 2018, Tamuna Lekveishvili applied for Georgian Technical University’s one year high-voltage electrical engineering program. After three months of classroom education, the program provides its students with three months of hands-on practice before pairing them with internships in the field.
Tamuna’s internship is in the Development Department at Ecopre, a water and wastewater treatment company. She assists her team in identifying the electrical needs of Georgians across the country, and determines the tools and processes required to increase citizens’ access to consistent sources of electricity.
Tamuna firmly believes that the power and energy sectors in Georgia can and will play a large part in development moving forward, and she is excited to play an important role in Georgia’s future herself as a high-voltage electrical engineer. Her enthusiasm gives me great hope for the future of this country, and for the role that women will play in driving innovation and economic progress.
Visiting GTTC during their “Open Door” day, I was thrilled to see first-hand the wonderful cooperation between Georgian Technical University and international private sector partners like BP and to officially inaugurate a new facility funded by this partnership.
TVET students like Tamuna and others, such as the high school students touring the centers on “Open Door” days, represent the new opportunities Georgians now have to tap into growth sectors in their nation’s economy. The next generation of Georgians will enter the workforce with the skills and training they need to boost economic growth, reduce poverty and create a more prosperous and stable country, and I am proud of the work MCC is doing with the Government of Georgia to make that happen.