2 It is also an appropriate time for the Prime Minister’s Skills Council (PCS) to move forward with its mandate to promote skills development, generally and specifically in the field of renewable energy.
4 The qualification is being implemented at a number of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges in the country, including West Coast College and False Bay College, in the Western Cape. These institutions, with the help of SETA Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services (merSETA) and the South African Renewable Energy Technology Center (SARETEC), have developed the necessary training infrastructure to teach and equip students with the necessary SPV skills.
5 so they can contribute.
6 to our drive for a green economy and ultimately ending massive power outages.
7 The Prime Minister commented that while the theme of today’s launch was “Energy Resilience in the Solar PV Industry”, it could also be themed “Opportunities Coming Out of Darkness” as the country has been plunged into power outages again.
9 He told delegates: “The skills we develop today must have an impact tomorrow.”
10 Prime Minister Winde added: “Getting the right mix of skills from the province is critical to getting the right mix of investments and the right business skills.”
12 This is the first digital learning experience designed to incorporate the latest technologies online, while guiding learners through hands-on training and ultimately into the workplace.
13 The program is unique: it is based on a repackaged digital teaching and learning path; Knowledge components are completed online; When the assessments show sufficient theoretical understanding, students are invited to a practical training workshop; Practical skills training takes place at an approved TVET institution equipped with technical mentoring expertise; Once these skills are mastered, trainees are invited to approved workplaces to complete their training.
14 There are numerous benefits to participating in this pilot: students are “ready to work” before the first job assignment; and able to contribute to the business; Students benefit from high-quality teaching on the latest photovoltaic technology infrastructure; Students receive the same daily stipend through the merSETA-ICT4APP on a weekly basis while on the job site.
15 This is not the responsibility of the employer and therefore reduces administrative overhead for the employer; Employers receive a “housing stipend.”
16 Adding to the project’s eco-friendly approach is the fact that it’s completely digital and paperless.
17 Solar PV is part of the Western Cape Government’s drive towards a green economy.
18 “We have a strong green economy ecosystem,” said Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunity Mireille Wenger.
19 She told delegates: “We are working hard to cultivate this.”
20 “Building energy resilience is a key priority, not only because we need to mitigate the effects of load shedding and the resulting economic damage, but because of the immense potential this sector has to attract investment, grow our regional economy and create jobs,” said.
22 She emphasized: “SPV has become a cost-effective, carbon-free and sustainable way of generating electricity for businesses and homes; and therefore we need to ensure we have the right skills pipelines in place so that the renewable energy sector can thrive in the Western Cape.” The prime minister strongly urged employers to consider joining this pilot project to improve their businesses and help overcome the energy crisis, while providing jobs for students and a better future.
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