Lesufi launches program to train thousands of solar technicians

Lesufi launches program to train thousands of solar technicians

Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi has announced a program to train 6 000 solar panel installers in partnership with the Manufacturing, Engineering, and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (merSETA).

Gauteng premier Panyaza Lesufi solar technicians launch
Anastasi Mokgobu

The sector education authority will invest R175 million into the programme. 

Lesufi announced the training programme on Thursday afternoon during a media briefing in Midrand, saying it is in line with the commitment he made during his inaugural State of the Province Address in February.

The Premier vowed to ensure that young people in Gauteng are trained, skilled and equipped in the energy space.

The newly announced training program is set to run for 12 months and the graduates will receive an NQF level 5 qualification in completion.

During training, candidates will receive a training allowance of between R4 000 and R7 000, depending on qualifications. 

"South African youth (under the age of 35 years) are eligible to apply and are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. 

“Applicants must have matriculated in a Gauteng school after 2016. N3+ electrical qualification from a TVET college, and/or technical matric is an added advantage. Ideally, applicants must also have an interest in a career in energy efficiency, electrical work, and the green economy sector," said Lesufi.

Once the training is completed, Lesufi says the graduates will be deployed to build a solar farm that will help reduce loadshedding in Gauteng by at least two stages.

The application process commences on Monday, 8 May and will close on 8 June 2023.

The training will be done through various higher education institutions including the University of Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni West TVET College.



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