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16 certified graduate photovoltaic solar installers

The trainees and some guests after the graduation ceremony

The Don Bosco Solar and Renewable Energy Center 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 obtained 16 certified photovoltaic solar installer diplomas.

The graduates, including three women, successfully completed six months of hands-on, hands-on training with elements of German double standards, which require 70% practical training and 30% theory.

The training was developed with the support of private sector foundations in Germany and Switzerland and the German federal state government of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Graduates received certificates at a graduation ceremony to enhance their ability to function as advanced solar professionals.

Cooperation

Deputy Head of Development Cooperation at the German Embassy in Ghana, Ramona Simon, speaking at the graduation ceremony, praised the organizers for investing in a sustainable and green future for Ghana by training artisans to become advanced solar energy professionals.

She welcomed the relations between Ghana and Germany, noting that the two countries established the reform and investment partnership focused on renewable energy in October 2017.

According to her, due to the development of the energy sector in Ghana, the two countries in September 2019 agreed on a new direction for the partnership, with a stronger focus on financial recovery of the sector.

“The partnership supports rebuilding the foundations of a viable energy sector, thereby enabling sustainable private sector participation and investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency for climate protection,” she said.

Professional training

The head of the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana (AHK Ghana), Burkhardt Hellemann, stressed the importance of technical and vocational education, stressing that one of the reasons for the success of technical training and in Germany was a learning culture that was standardized across the country.

He expressed hope that with the opportunity given to graduates, they would be ready for the job market.

Director of Project Development at the Jakob Christian Adam Stiftung, which funded the Don Bosco Solar and Renewable Energy Center, Martin J. Wilde, said they were delighted to have helped with knowledge transfer and development expertise, not only in Ashaiman, but also in 29 other vocational training centers across Ghana.

Two interns, Eric Kwenor and Jemima Adongo, noted that Ghanaian youth, given the right opportunity and direction, were ready to do better for themselves and for the country.

Mr. Kwenor called on employers to employ young men and women with valuable skills to provide hope, instead of requiring years of experience.

“People don’t gain experience if they don’t have the opportunity to explore the reality of the career path they choose or pursue,” he said.

Ms. Adongo urged women not to restrict their abilities and encouraged them to venture into male-dominated fields.

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