The Renewable Energy sector like most other sectors is male dominant. As a way of reducing this gap, GIZ EnDev took the initiative to fully sponsor seven (7) women to participate in an intensive Six (6) months training in Solar PV Installation at the FLS Academy. The first set of students have just concluded their practical exams and are looking to gain real-world experiences in the field.
A private sector company Aptech Africa, supported two (2) other students and has agreed to take four (4) of the candidates as assistant technicians to work on some major projects.
The MD of FLS Group Ltd. Foday Lansana Suma emphasized that the next course is starting soon and they need more sector players to come onboard and sponsor female students.
It is the goal of GIZ/EnDev to have a stronger women participation in the field of Solar and other Renewable technologies. GIZ/EnDev has previously provided full scholaships to over 40 women studying Renewable Energy at the Government Technical Institute in Freetown.
ABOUT THE COURSE
FLS Academy is a training Unit of FLS Group (SL) Ltd. It is an engineering and training series provider in renewable energy, information technology and telecommunications with a vision to be the best ground to develop a technology workforce. We focus on certification for both beginners and professionals across the country. Our courses emphasizes technical knowledge as well as management and communication skills.
FLS Academy is partnering with the SRH Hochschule in Berlin and has been accredited as part of German Solar Academy Network (GSAN) to deliver a 6 week solar PV intensive course. The course will target existing electrical technicians, solar technicians, engineering and science graduates that seek practical knowledge and training certificate from an internationally accredited course.
The objective is to have a share of 50% women participate and successfully complete in the course. But encouraging women to consider Renewable Energy as a profession where they could make a good career has been a challenge.