We are on a mission to alleviate poverty, inequality and unemployment through our Green Skills and Enterprise Development Programme geared towards building green skills capacity for the Just Energy Transition 

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Public Private Partnership to accelerate the development of green skills for a Just Energy Transition

Future Africa (at the University of Pretoria) and Nepoworx are pleased to announce that on 4 May 2021 they have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to pave the way for implementing a solar photovoltaic (PV) green skills, enterprise development and sustainability research programme. The objective of the programme is to upskill a total of 900 youth, women and entrepreneurs over the next three (3) years ensuring their participation in the green economy and more importantly, forming part of the Just Energy Transition that is currently unfolding in South Africa. “The MoU signed with Nepoworx is a milestone towards robust engagement with like-minded enterprises for sustainable development pathways that build on Africa's best asset, which is renewable energy”, Professor Cheikh Mbow, Director for Future Africa at the University of Pretoria.

The green skills being developed are important in contributing towards the alleviation of the triple challenges of the continent that are: unemployment, inequality and energy supply. The programme will encompass a workplace component which is critical in ensuring that the participants gain the requisite hands-on experience needed to increase their chances of securing employment in the renewable energy sector. The promotion of solar energy in Africa is a strong option for decarbonizing the development of the continent. “The programme aligns with Nepoworx’s mission which seeks to develop green skills and transform the renewable energy sector in Africa by partnering and leveraging the skills and expertise from both the public and private sectors. Overall, we believe this initiative will be a game changer and we are looking forward to our partnership with Future Africa”, said Nonjabulo Sokhela, Chief Executive Officer of Nepoworx.

Address Scarce & Critical SKILLS

Contribute towards addressing skills gap challenges and specifically “Hard to Fill Vacancies” in the green economy.

TransformatioN AGENDA

Increase the share of young people, women and black people participating in the green economy.

Enterprise Development

The programme ensures that SMMEs start and run their own successful businesses in the renewable energy sector.

Green Energy Agenda

The green skills will contribute towards the implementation of the renewable energy targets under the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2019.