RES4Africa Foundation has a long track of experience in training and capacity-building with several well-recognized and established initiatives. RES4Africa Academy is the environment in which all those initiatives converge and grow pursuing a wide set of goals, including the promotion of open access to content and inclusivity, the empowerment of women and youth, and the provision of various levels of capacity-building, from vocational to managerial.
The academy offer is composed of a dynamic set of training and capacity-building initiatives having in common:
Openness, providing the largest access to content to maximise the impact;
Inclusion, to have all on board (social, gender, geography) with no exception;
Promotion of youth and women empowerment and participation;
Covering capacity-building levels (vocational, professional, managerial);
Leverage members’ participation and external support, with a special focus on local partners;
Close relationship with industry, entrepreneurship and labour market;
Customization to local requirements in terms of contents and accreditation;
Knowledge sharing is an opportunity for the mutual exchange of experiences.
Formerly Advanced Training Course (ATC), the Executive School is the RES4Africa Foundation’s flagship capacity-building initiative addressed to institutional and high-level professionals, managers and profiles operating in the RE sector in Africa. It is organised every year in partnership with Enel Foundation, Politecnico University Graduate School of Management of Milan and SDA Bocconi, and in collaboration with RES4Africa members.
Technical and Vocational School
Formerly Micro-Grid Academy (MGA), it is a Technical and Vocational Capacity Building Programme born in 2018 in Nairobi with the aim to create a skilled and conscious African workforce to deploy decentralised renewable energy solutions (micro and mini-grids) within the East-Africa region in order to enhance the access to energy in urban, peri-urban and rural communities while promoting youth empowerment by strengthening local enterprises and job creation.
The need for this Lab arose in South Africa due to the extensive plans aiming in substituting coal plants with solar and wind generation capacity. RES4Africa has chosen to support this transition with a dedicated pilot training programme to skill trainers and trainees on the new solar and wind technologies in the regions.
Grid Development Lab
RES4Africa has developed a dedicated training program addressing technical, economical and policy aspects related to the integration of large-scale Variable Renewable Energy (VRE) systems into the electrical grid. This topic is becoming more and more urgent for the most developed Countries in Africa in terms of VRE penetration, and local institutions are particularly sensitive to any initiative that can shed light on the VRE grid integration topic.