This initiative has invited 100 youth aged 18 and 35 who are not in employment, education, or training (NEET).

Additionally, a further 20 slots are reserved for experienced small business owners whose businesses currently have an electrical or renewable energy focus and are at the point of growth where they could be able to absorb additional youth labour. The 120 beneficiaries are invited to submit their applications through the SA Youth platform. 

The programme aims to foster innovation in this growing sector while empowering young people in this space. It seeks to bridge the gap between education and employment by equipping participants with both work readiness, work exposure and practical skills through a hybrid training model, according to the duo. 

This approach ensures that young professionals are job-ready and poised for long-term career success in the energy sector, the duo adds.

"This partnership marks a significant step forward in our mission to empower young South Africans. By providing them with the necessary skills and opportunities, we are not only addressing the critical issue of youth unemployment but also contributing to the sustainable development of our energy sector," says Nonjabulo Sokhela, CEO and co-founder at Nepoworx South Africa. 

"We believe that every young person deserves the chance to thrive, and this programme is a testament to that commitment," adds Sokhela.

Upon completion of their training, the 100 beneficiaries will be placed in different fields of employment to undergo a 12-month internship programme that will allow them to gain practical work experience.

Having completed that, both the 100 unemployed youth and the 20 small business owners will receive a PV Green Card, confirming their qualification as solar installers.

"We are excited about the collaboration between Nepoworx and Harambee as it extends our mission to unlock entry-level jobs in relatively new and growing sectors. This mixed model is particularly significant as it supports work seekers and small business owners, positioning both the formal and informal sectors as viable options for the youth," says Harambee's chief impact officer Sharmi Surianarain.

According to the duo, the partnership is set to benefit both trainees and employers. Participating companies will gain access to a pool of enthusiastic and motivated learners ready to make a meaningful impact in their roles. The initiative supports the growth of the South African workforce and helps reduce youth unemployment rates, creating a win-win scenario for all involved.

Employers and recruiters in the energy sector are encouraged to join this transformative initiative and become part of a network dedicated to shaping the future of the industry, concludes the duo.

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