SOLAR TECHNICIAN TRAINING CENTRE
In 2009, iThemba Labantu added the Solar Technician Training Facility to the Vocational Training Centre. The solar industry in South Africa is ever growing, as is its demand for skilled professionals, capable of installing the required solar panels. Mr Russel Conradie, the leader of the facility, takes on 5 apprentices at a time to complete the 4 month, Solar Installation and Plumbing course. In this case the potential apprentices need to present a grade 9 (or higher) school certificate to be eligible to apply for this course. In most cases, the men and women that take part in the course come from very poor backgrounds. This course teaches them the skills and gives them the opportunity to start up a their own business’ or heightens their chances of finding employment in this field. On completion of the course the students are handed a certificate, which may up their chances of finding employment.