INTRODUCTION

EPC Practitioner Skills Programme to create a labor force that can meet industry regulations
The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Practitioner Skills Programme is a demand-oriented, dual-structured short course for Energy Performance Certificates for Buildings, to qualify young electricians for income-generating employment. This is a programme of the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) in partnership with the Institute of Energy Professionals Africa (IEPA). The programme is supported by GIZ Skills Development for a Green Economy ll (SD4GE II) programme, a German Technical Cooperation Programme implemented on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).

 

The EPC Practitioner Skills Programme consists of online training, an in-person practical sessions to prepare for the workplace assignment, with a work experience component where an EPC process will be followed to get a building EPC ready under mentorship.

The overarching goal of this project is to focus on “Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Skills Development” and working towards enhancing the quality of programs offered by TVET’s in South Africa and improving the offerings in respect to aligning with the current labour market relevance.

A group of 50 electricians have the opportunity to work towards qualifying for income-generating employment. Workplaces with suitable mentors that host the students will have the opportunity to evaluate the student for possible permanent employment during the mentorship period, as well as to undergo the same training. Workplaces new to mentoring in EPCs will receive assistance from IEPA to provide mentorship. TVET colleges that join the programme will have the opportunity to have their lecturers trained to offer the EPC for Buildings short course at their college and will receive marketing materials to advertise the availability of the short course at their institution.

Highlights

 

Goals

·        Entry level short course in course Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) for Buildings   ·        3 months of training, practical exercise, and practical work under mentorship at a workplace
·        Student, mentor and lecturer to take part in the training and practical exercises    ·        50 students: 25 in Gauteng and 25 in Cape Town
·        Student work placement for practical work experience over 3 months to become EPC Practitioners    ·        66% of students to have permanent income generating jobs at the end of the programme 
·        R15,000-00 stipend payment over the 3-month work placement and training   ·        25 companies to host students 
·        The TVET colleges selected may present the EPC for Buildings short course to qualify their engineering students   ·        20 mentors to benefit from training with the students
·        Electrical Contracting Companies, Energy Services Companies, workplaces hosting students have the opportunity to learn about an additional service they can provide or how to do EPCs for their buildings   ·        2 Colleges will be able to offer the short course after the programme
  ·        10 lecturers to have the benefit of upskilling as trainers
  ·        25 buildings to have collected information for EPC inspections

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