Skills transfer is essential to the emergence of local operators and ensures the sustainability of the installations. Training is one of the keys to a project’s sustainability. Without skills transfer, the upkeep and maintenance of electricity and water production facilities cannot be guaranteed.

The challenges

Practical work is essential in any training.. In the absence of electricity, many training centres cannot provide practical work. Electricity enables students to acquire practical knowledge to prepare them for their future jobs (dressmaking, electrical work, etc.).

The solutions

1Train future installation managers

Before the project starts, the project team in charge identifies, with the help of the community, who will be trained in caring for and maintaining the installations. They are often technicians who already have some basic knowledge of electricity.

2Rely on local artisans

Wherever possible, we carry out the work with local electricians. We train them in photovoltaic energy, which allows them to diversify into other activities.

3Organise vocational training centre

The implementation of access to electricity or water facilities can also take place as on the job training. We then supervise a team of young apprentice electricians and carry out the work together with them. At the end, the students receive an Electriciens sans frontières certificate which is evidence of their participation in the vocational training centre.

4Train, even during emergencies

As in our development projects, we take time in emergencies to train our local partners in the use and maintenance of the equipment at their disposal. Together with the villagers, we identify the points to be supplied with electricity by us. A team of volunteers takes part in the work and people are identified to be trained in the management and maintenance of the equipment.

5Raise the entire population's awareness of electrical risks and energy savings

The implementation of an electrical installation in a village is accompanied by an information meeting with the inhabitants in order to ensure their safety and to guarantee that the installations are used efficiently and economically.

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