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With skills development, the future can be very bright

Is your organisation providing young people with the type of skills development needed to meet the 21st-century labour market?

Originally published in the ESI Africa final newsletter for 2019 on 05/02/2020

Even though the AfDB’s 2020 African Economic Outlook report indicates the continent’s economies are growing well, higher than the global average, it highlights that increased investments in education are vital in continuing on this path.

The topic of education is everyone’s problem. Those entering the job market in this decade are the people that you will rely on to keep systems running optimally – whether it be public or private sector services – in 2030 and beyond.

I’m thrilled that developmental and academic institutions are one step ahead.

An example is the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) that will host the third edition of Open Africa Power. This academic partnership is geared to train a new generation of leaders to drive Africa’s energy transition.

Also involved in the programme are the University of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and Kenya’s Strathmore University. You will recall during the first Initiate! Impact Challenge at the 2019 edition of African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa, a team of students from Strathmore University took first place for their innovative solar concept, Uber(ising).

I’m confident in how young leaders like these are taking control of our energy future and using digital tools to secure success. 

Our energy revolution is also impacting current leaders who must keep their skills sharp. I therefore wholeheartedly agree with Professor Anton Eberhard, who said that leaders and managers in the fast-changing energy sector face complex new challenges and require specialised skills and support to navigate this terrain with confidence.

Incidentally, through the Power Futures Lab at the UCT GSB, Prof Eberhard is presenting the annual Finance, Contracts and Risk Mitigation for Private Power Investment in Africa executive education short course. You can find out more about this one-week intensive programme taking place in March here.

A word of caution. The market is inundated with training and skills development programmes, and not all are credible—so please do your research before investing your time and money.

Until next week.

Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl
As the Editor of ESI Africa, my passion is on sustainability and placing African countries on the international stage. I take a keen interest in the trends shaping the power & water utility market along with the projects and local innovations making headline news. Watch my short weekly video on our YouTube channel ESIAfricaTV and speak with me on what has your attention.