As the world increasingly turns to renewable energy, the need for skilled professionals in this sector has never been more pressing. Our recent workshop, organized by TEDSF and INSPIRE NPO, aimed to address this need, providing cutting-edge education in renewable energy technologies.
TEDSF and INSPIRE NPO, organizations at the forefront of educational innovation, spearheaded this initiative. Their mission to empower through knowledge shines through their extensive work in sustainable energy education, making them ideal hosts for such an event.
From June 1st to July 15th, 2023, the workshop toured three major South African cities – Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town. Each city, with its unique energy challenges and opportunities, provided a rich backdrop for learning and discussion.
The curriculum was a comprehensive blend of theoretical knowledge and practical applications in renewable energy. Topics ranged from solar and wind energy basics to advanced grid integration techniques. Guest speakers, including industry experts and seasoned academics, enriched the sessions with real-world insights.
The workshop was attended by 50 dedicated learners from diverse backgrounds. Their enthusiasm and active participation, especially in group discussions and hands-on sessions, were the heartbeat of this program, creating a dynamic learning environment.
Navigating logistical complexities and adapting to varying levels of prior knowledge among participants posed challenges. However, these were skillfully managed, ensuring smooth session progressions. The workshop’s success was evident in the learners’ increased confidence and understanding of complex renewable energy concepts.
Feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive. Many praised the depth of knowledge imparted and the engaging teaching methods. Quantitative evaluations also reflected high satisfaction rates, underscoring the program’s effectiveness.
This workshop was more than just a series of lectures; it was a catalyst for future change-makers in renewable energy. For future iterations, we recommend more hands-on technical sessions to further enhance practical skills.
The Skills Programme consisted of 24 Credits consisting of Knowledge component and Application Component. The Skills Programme, was divided into 4 phases as below :
Phase 3 & 4:
The specific outcomes of the unit standards were as follows:
- Select the appropriate hand, power or measuring tool/tools for a variety of tasks.
- Inspect and prepare hand or power tool/tools for use
- Use hand, power or measuring tools to perform a variety of tasks
- Maintain, care for and store tools
- Report damaged or worn tools
- Work safely with due care for self, others, equipment, materials and the environment.
The training was delivered successfully with all specific outcomes being met by the end of the training and all participants fully conversant with their roles and managed to compile and submit their POEs within the stipulated timelines. All learners wrote the Final Integrated Summative Assessment (FISA). Learners were also exposed to the real working environment and 20% of them have now taken up roles as renewable energy reseller entrepreneurs and are earning a living out of it.
Some of our learners in action: