16 Certified solar photovoltaic installers graduate

The Don Bosco Solar and Renewable Energy Centre in Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region, in collaboration with the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana, the Jakob-Christian Adam Foundation, and the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), has graduated 16 certified solar photovoltaic installers.
The graduates, including three women, successfully underwent six months of practical, hands-on trainings with elements of the German dual standards, which requires 70 per cent practical training and 30 per cent theory.
The training was developed with the support of private sector foundations from Germany and Switzerland and the Government of the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The graduates were presented with certificates at a graduation ceremony to enhance their ability to operate as advanced solar professionals.
Cooperation
The Deputy Head of Development Cooperation at the German Embassy in Ghana, Ramona Simon, speaking at the graduation ceremony, commended the organisers for investing in a sustainable and green future for Ghana by training artisans to become advance solar professionals.
She expressed joy over the relationship between Ghana and Germany, noting that the two countries established the reform and investment partnership with a focus on renewable energy in October 2017.
According to her, due to development in the energy sector in Ghana, the two countries, in September 2019, agreed on a new orientation of the partnership, with a stronger focus on the financial recovery of the sector.
“The partnership is supporting the rebuilding of the foundations for a viable energy sector, thus enabling sustainable private sector participation and investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency for climate protection,” she said.
Vocational training
The Head of the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana (AHK Ghana), Burkhardt Hellemann, underscored the importance of technical and vocational education, emphasising that one reason for the success of technical and vocational training in Germany was a culture of apprenticeships which were standardised across that country.
He expressed the hope that with the opportunity offered the graduates, they would be ready for the job market.
The Director for Project Development, of the Jakob Christian Adam Stiftung, who funded the Don Bosco Solar and Renewable Energy Centre, Martin J. Wilde, said they were delighted to have contributed to knowledge transfer and expertise development, not just in Ashaiman, but also in 29 other vocational training centres across Ghana.
Two trainees, Eric Kwenor and Jemima Adongo, noted that the Ghanaian youth, with the right opportunity and direction, were ready to do better for themselves and the country.
Mr Kwenor appealed to employers to employ young men and women with valuable skills to give hope, instead of demanding for years of experience.
“People do not gain experience if they are not given the exposure to explore the reality of whatever career path they choose or are pursuing,” he said
Ms Adongo urged females not to restrict their abilities and encouraged them to venture into male dominated fields.

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