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About the Programme

Nepoworx Renewable Energy Institution (Nepoworx) and the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services SETA (MerSETA) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to implement a nationwide green skills programme targeting unemployed youth that are to be trained as Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Service Technicians. The programme is important to build the required solar PV skills capacity that are critical to implement South Africa’s plans to accelerate the increase in generation capacity and to enable businesses and households to invest in rooftop solar, as announced recently by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his address to the nation on the energy crisis.  

 

The objective is to upskill learners to potentially be employed either at photovoltaic farms or roof top solar PV installations and by doing so contribute towards alleviating youth unemployment. Upon the completion of the programme, qualified learners will be able to plan, design and install a photovoltaic system and learn about the operation and maintenance of such a system to ensure its continued operation. 

For Employers

Nepoworx hereby invites renewable energy Independent Power Producers(IPPS), advisory companies, Engineering Procurement & Construction (EPC) companies, Operations and Maintenance companies, and Solar Photovoltaic Installation companies to provide learners enrolled into the Solar Photovoltaic Service Technician Programme with work experience. The Programme will be implemented over a period of 2 to 3 months. Participating employers are expected to provide learners with work experience for a period of at least 1 month. The learning outcomes for learners during the work experience component, amongst others, include:

  • Observing and assisting an experienced PV Installer with planning and preparing for installation and commissioning of PV systems;

  • Select and size PV arrays, modules, PV array combiner/junction box, DC main disconnector, cables, protection devices, batteries, and charge controllers; and

  • Installation of the mechanical components of PV systems, under the supervision of an experienced PV Installer

 

Application Process:

Employers interested in participating in the Programme may apply via the link below or by sending us an email (info@nepoworx.com) on or before 23 September 2022.

Apply using this link: https://forms.gle/68sN6g3y6pbvdY8R6

Please note that it is not mandatory for participating employers to remunerate learners. Participating employers are however encouraged to provide a stipend to the learners.

For Applicants

Nepoworx Renewable Energy Institution (Nepoworx) in collaboration with MerSETA hereby invites unemployed youth that meet the admission requirements and eligibility criteria to be trained as Solar Photovoltaic Service Technicians (NQF Level 5). This programme will commence in October 2022 and end in February 2023.

Admission Requirements:

Qualification in any of the following trades, subject to Recognised Prior Learning (RPL):

NQF level 4 qualification Electrician,

NQF level 4 qualification Electro-Mechanics, or National Diploma or Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Instrument Engineers.

Eligibility criteria

South African Citizen or Permanent Resident;

No criminal record;

Physically fit, with a satisfactory medical record;

Between the age of 18 and 30 years.

Please note that the Programme will be biased toward historically disadvantaged individuals and female candidates.

Application Process:

Applications for the Programme must be submitted via the link below on or before 26 August 2022. Only applications received via our website will be acknowledged. Shortlisted candidates will be notified via email before the end of September 2022. If you don’t receive notification on or before that date, please consider your application as unsuccessful.

Apply using this link: https://forms.gle/h1B5t5Kei8WRHiXS7

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