Nineteen female students participated in a 5 day Vocational Training and Education for Clean Energy (VOCTEC) event which included a site visit to a solar Car port located at Strathmore University. The course that started on 30th November, 2015, covered system design, maintenance, and troubleshooting of small battery based PV systems. The course was organized by Strathmore Energy Research Centre (SERC) and the women working group-WISEE- born after the first “Female only solar PV training” conducted by VOCTEC in May 2015.
The program is a global program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is implemented by Arizona State University (ASU). VOCTEC aims to improve the sustainability of renewable energy infrastructure and investments in developing countries by increasing awareness, knowledge and capacity of local stakeholders, primarily in decentralized clean energy technologies.
VOCTEC is a multitier vocational training program that includes training for Technicians (level 1 (L-1)), training for Trainers (level 2 (L-2)), and educational workshops for Policy and Decision Makers (level 3 (L-3)). VOCTEC training integrates gender-awareness into the curriculum to promote access by, and participation of, women in vocational education for renewable energy technologies. VOCTEC’s technical focus is on sustainable, renewable energy systems including solar PV, micro-hydro, wind, and hybrid systems that utilize any combination of these technologies.
The objective of the 5 day training aimed to increase local solar PV female technical capacity through offering a training of technician’s course on solar photovoltaic energy systems to eligible female technical personnel. This training intended to help establish and create a pool of female technicians within in Kenya by building technical capacity around the installation and maintenance of small battery based PV systems or solar PV home systems. The trained technicians could then be eligible for the level T2 solar technical license issued by the Kenya Energy Regulatory Commission.