CPV programme to stimulate employment

2013-06-18 21:42
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Cape Town – The first students in Soitec’s concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) technology training programme have successfully completed the first part of the curriculum, according to the company.

Soitec, a world leader in generating and manufacturing revolutionary semiconductor materials for the electronics and energy industries said that the CPV training programme was the first of its kind implemented in South Africa, and it is thanks to this initiative that students from the local community can acquire the necessary skills needed to work in the country’s growing solar industry.

The programme was the result of an agreement signed in 2011 by Soitec, the University of Cape Town and Northlink College.

“With this CPV training programme, our aim is to prepare applicants from the local community for employment during the construction, operation and maintenance phases of our Touwsrivier power plant,” explained Gaetan Borgers, executive vice president of Soitec’s Solar Division.

“This training program is intended to open new career paths for South Africans.”

The CPV training programme is taking place at a facility in Touwsrivier. It includes a basic course covering electricity, photovoltaics, power plants and CPV basics, facilitated by Northlink College lecturers from the Belhar Campus, followed by a more advanced and specialised course on electricity and mechanics.

“Out of 300 applicants, 18 students started the basic course at the beginning of January, after having passed the entry tests.

All graduated in May and are now starting the second part of the CPV training programme. We are convinced the development of CPV in this country can contribute to more sustainable development, protecting the environment while creating new job opportunities,” said Borgers.

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