Kafue Gorge Regional Training Centre (KGRTC) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) signed a memorandum of understanding with respect to the “Skills Development for the Renewable Energy Sector” (SkiDRES), a pilot project funded by the Government of Sweden. This took place at KGRTC in Namalundu on Thursday 14th November 2019. Eng. Kaela Kennedy Siame signed on behalf of KGRTC while Mr George Okutho signed on behalf of the ILO.
The SkiDRES pilot project for skills development in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sub-sectors in Zambia and southern Africa aims to contribute to the sub-region having the necessary skilled personnel to be able to benefit from the rapid development of technology in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Eng Siame said that with the current challenges emanating from climate change, interventions and solutions which will reduce the negative impact of destruction to the environment around us for our existence and sustainability are required. Engineer Siame further stressed that the collaboration will enable KGRTC benefit from the vast experiences that the ILO has in identifying skills needs and development of sustainable jobs and opportunities.
Mr Okutho mentioned that the SkidRES project will enable both men and women to be trained in renewable energy thus meeting Strategic Development Goals on Gender Equality. He stated that the ILO chose to partner with KGRTC due to its vast experience in skills training in the energy sector within and beyond the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
The SkiDRES project will contribute to a growing number of women and men with relevant skills for the rapidly developing renewable energy and energy efficiency sector and to speeding up and decreasing costs for universal access to clean, affordable, reliable and sustainable energy, which in turn will contribute to poverty reduction and improved livelihoods.