Strathmore University and Arizona State University held a 90 minute breakfast seminar at the Strathmore Business School on 21st April from 7.30am to 9.00am. The seminar was to introduce the Vocational Training and Education for Clean Energy (VOCTEC) program, led by Arizona State University (ASU) with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
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.
The purpose of the seminar was to introduce the VOCTEC program, share lessons learnt, discuss success stories and challenges, present assessments and evaluation framework and results summaries, and disseminate achievements and best practices from different trainings.
This was held in the backdrop of a Women only solar PV training at SERC. USAID, through ASU, and Strathmore Energy Research Centre (SERC) were conducting a Training of Trainers (ToTs) for 15 Female trainers from the Government, NGOs, Women group, Public Technical and Vocational Training Institutes of Kenya.
Quality vocational training is needed in order to ensure that technicians adhere to protection and safety guidelines and utilize best practices in the design and installation of renewable energy systems.