The current bout of load shedding is yet another infuriating reminder of the urgency required to decisively tackle South Africa’s energy crisis. It is an appropriate time too for the Premier’s Council on Skills (PCS) to forge ahead with its mandate of promoting skills development, generally and specifically in the field of renewable energy.
Premier Alan Winde was thrilled to have the PCS help launch the innovative and unique Solar Photovoltaic Technician-ICT4APP qualification pilot project today. The qualification is being rolled out at several 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 the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services SETA (merSETA) and The South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) – have developed the training infrastructure needed to teach and equip learners with the necessary SPV skills so they can contribute to our push for a green economy and ultimately end mass power cuts.
The Premier remarked while the theme of today’s launch was “Energy Resilience in the Solar Photovoltaic Industry”, it could also be themed “Opportunities Coming out of the Dark” given the country has once again been plunged into rolling power cuts.
He told delegates: “The skills we grow today, must make an impact tomorrow.” Premier Winde added: “It’s critical to get the province’s skills mix right so as to get the investment mix right, and to get the entrepreneurial skills right.”
Among the aims of the project is to help employers make informed decisions regarding hosting a learner and supporting the supply of technical skills in the sector.
This is the first digital learning experience designed to incorporate the latest online technologies, while also guiding learners through practical training and eventually into the workplace.