Lusaka, Zambia — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 09 March 2011 – The Kafue Gorge Regional Training Centre (KGRTC) “’ a registered trust in Zambia controlled by a regional Board of Trustees “’ operates independently with 57 members of staff to provide electricity utilities with competitive specialised training solutions in hydropower and related fields.
The centre “’ which has been converted into a SADC Regional Training Centre “’ is sponsored by co-operating partners the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and Zambian power authority Zesco Limited (Zesco).
It is ISO 9001 certified and a Grade 1 registered institution with the Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA) in Zambia, and has earned an international reputation for quality training and provision of excellent accommodation, catering and conference facilities.
KGRTC offers competency-based competitive specialised training solutions as a core business. The main focus is on hydropower and engineering courses vis-à-vis in the operation and maintenance of hydropower plants; switchyards and substations; and transmission and distribution electricity networks.
Over the years, the centre has expanded training opportunities on generic courses to embrace the water utilities, mining and agricultural sectors in facility and organisation management systems.
It is situated in a tranquil environment in Zambia at Kafue Gorge Power Station, which is Zambia’s largest power facility. This location allows for easy access to the power station for practicals. It is equipped with state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and has a well stocked library and computer facilities which provide excellent support for learning.
The unique location of the Centre “’ away from the distraction of city life, but within easy reach of a wide variety of social and sporting facilities “’ creates a dynamic environment for study. All course participants live at the centre and socialise together, establishing friendships and contacts which remain with them long after they have left KGRTC.
KGRTC has a proven record of good governance in terms of audited accounts and improved physical amenities. Active inclusion of female course participants in all courses has helped develop the sub-Saharan utility industry, thereby contributing to regional economic development.