April 2024.

Seven local youths from the Eastern Cape have become the latest graduates of the specialised Wind Turbine Service Training programme, bringing the total to close to twenty beneficiaries since its inception in 2021. A recent graduation ceremony celebrated these young individuals who have completed the intensive seven-month course, designed to foster local talent and fuel job creation in the renewable energy sector.

This programme, a collaborative effort funded by Cookhouse Wind Farm, alongside partners Suzlon and the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC), is pivotal in nurturing technical skills among the youth of Adelaide, Bedford, Cookhouse, and Somerset East. It demonstrates a strategic investment in sustainable energy and community development.

The specialised training programme underscores a strategic commitment to empowering the youth across these beneficiary communities, preparing them for a future in a burgeoning industry that is vital for both regional development and environmental sustainability.

“This training has provided me with tangible skills and has instilled in me a sense of purpose and direction. With this foundation, I aspire to contribute to the advancement of renewable energy technologies and play a role in creating a more sustainable future for generations to come,” expressed Sinovuyo Vusani, one of the programme graduates.

Through five months of theoretical learning and two months of hands-on experience at the wind farm, the training equipped the participants with the expertise necessary to excel in the rapidly growing wind energy sector. As part of this programme, each trainee received substantial support, including a stipend of R7,000, to cover transportation and living expenses during the training period.

“This programme not only imparts technical knowledge but also instils invaluable skills required for the service, maintenance, and repair of wind turbines. Participants emerge ready to tackle challenges, inspect, diagnose, and resolve electrical and mechanical malfunctions even in adverse weather conditions and at considerable heights,” explained Lifa Baskiti, Community Liaison Officer for Cookhouse Wind Farm.

Furthermore, SARETEC and Suzlon have worked together to facilitate employment opportunities for graduates through their extensive networks. This ongoing support underscores the dedication to addressing youth unemployment levels in the region and fostering sustainable growth within the renewable energy sector.

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