This month marks the beginning of a new era! Village Energy, together with the support of Philips Lighting Foundation, has launched Enlight Solar Academy, a last-mile traveling academy that prepares rural youth to enter the solar industry. Enlight works with rural vocational institutes to increase training access to youth in those areas.
Our first course is an 8-week solar technician course. Participants, who are graduates of vocational programs in electrical studies, receive holistic training in solar technical, sales and professional skills. Academy graduates receive job placement support to get a full-time job at solar companies (including but not limited to Village Energy) or use the skills and tool-kits they receive to go into business for themselves as independent contractors.
On April 3rd, the first class of 14 participants, 5 of whom are women, began the course in Mbarara (SW Uganda). Over the next year Enlight will be training at least 50 technicians and closely tracking their income, job retention, and productivity over time. Enlight will also begin the process of being established as an independent organization, dedicated to serving the entire renewable energy sector.
For more information on partnering or the training/placement services we offer for employers, the Enlight team can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org!