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Vocational Education: Training Material for Solar-Skilled Employees

Vocational Education: Training Material for Solar-Skilled Employees

State 

completed

Date 

1 May, 2017 to 31 October, 2017

Country 

Uganda

Region 

East Africa

Summary

With a national electrification rate of 15% and just 7% for rural areas, Uganda holds one of the lowest positions when it comes to worldwide electrification rates. At the same time Uganda, straddling the equator, has an abundance of solar irradiation that could supply the entire country with photovoltaic (PV) generated electricity.

Decentralised rural energy supply offers a huge potential to support rural electrification and community development in Uganda. But there is a lack of human capacities for design, installation, operation and maintenance of decentralised PV systems.

Existing training courses at universities and other technical colleges produce graduates who are not able to work hands-on, since the courses offered do not contain enough practical trainings. Hence, the labour market cannot be served with enough solar-skilled employees. This further leads to high unemployment rates amongst young graduates.

To help creating the skills base required for sustainable market development, the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) is supporting a vocational training programme for solar PV electricians in Uganda, implemented in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Cologne chamber of crafts/Handwerkskammer zu Köln (HWK).

In line with the Ugandan Vocational Quality Framework (UVQF), the initiative had previously supported the government in developing a nationwide recognised curriculum for renewable energy technologies. Through RECP support, practically oriented trainings in the solar PV sector are initiated as a first capacity building measure. This includes the development of teaching material, software and training systems, as well as training of trainers. 

This not only creates job opportunities and livelihoods, but also promotes the introduction of new technologies for decentralised rural energy supply and thereby mitigates urban exodus.

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Topics

  • Energy Access
  • Renewable Energy

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