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BestPractice 32 Lucas-Nülle in Saudi-Arabia: Competent partner of the SESP T he 1,500 graduates that the Saudi Electric Ser- vices Polytechnic (SESP) in Riyadh will produce every year, starting in 2015, have already proven themselves repeatedly. Following a multi-stage assessment centre, they studied at the country’s most modern educational institution for the energy sec- tor, acquiring detailed knowledge of the latest technologies used in this industry. The need for well-trained specialists has grown significantly as a result of the national energy strategy, which means that the graduates are hired right away. The fact that the transition from classroom to work- place is so successful, is down to the facility’s special ­educational-technical concept. The school fosters independent thinking and action, encourages the students to put their knowledge to the test in practice from the beginning and facilitates constant feedback with regard to individual performance. Besides extended practical phases with companies in the energy sector, during which the students have to prove themselves, the state-of-the-art laboratories provide an ideal setting for experimentation. Here the future-skilled workers can carry out experiments on both conventional and renewable energy generation safely, yet under realistic conditions. Education and technology For simultaneous implementation of the educational ­concept, which is geared to imparting knowledge as well as integrating learning techniques, the management of the SESP was look- ing for a suitable partner with educational and technical com- petence in order to plan the educational facility even before construction work started on the first of four campuses. In the end, the decision went in favour of German ­training systems manufacturer Lucas-Nülle with a branch in Dubai. ­Besides Interactive educational software gives students independence and great ­self-confidence in making their own ­decisions.