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Renewable energy internship empowers NC youth

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An internship initiative aims to develop skills that are essential for the growing renewable energy industry and national economic advancement, while also developing local youth.

Tyreeq Engelbrecht is gaining invaluable experience under the guidance of plant manager of Kangnas Wind Farm. Picture: Supplied

TYREEQ Engelbrecht from Springbok is making strides in the renewable energy sector through an internship programme at Kangnas Wind Farm.

This opportunity is part of a broader initiative aimed at developing skills that are essential for the growing renewable energy industry and national economic advancement, while also developing local youth.

The internship aligns with the Wind Industry Internship Programme (WIIP), which is a collaboration between the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) and the Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA), aimed at equipping recent graduates with practical experience in sustainable energy solutions.

Engelbrecht, a stand-out from the wind farm’s Beyond Matric programme, is now gaining invaluable experience under the guidance of plant manager Brenda Sidaki, whose focus is on various operational aspects of wind farm management.

As an operations plant intern at the wind farm, he will undertake various responsibilities, including safety, health, environment and quality (SHEQ) management; technical performance monitoring; finance, contracts, and governance tasks; and administration duties.

The economic development manager for Kangnas Wind Farm, Rouchet Daniels, said the initiative allows interns to network with experienced people and sharpen their skills before entering the workforce.

“It helps these young people find their passion, gain industry experience and boost their résumés.

“As the wind energy sector grows, more opportunities will arise, requiring prepared and qualified young professionals,” said Daniels.

Engelbrecht said the highlight of the training was the focus on leadership skills, which inspired him to take control of his future.

“With the support from the plant manager and team, I hope to excel in my objectives and to finally complete my workplace modules that will enable me to earn my red seal certificate and diploma in electrical engineering.

“Looking ahead, I’m eager to pursue a career in renewable energy,” said Engelbrecht.

* Engelbrecht was one of 15 participants in Kangnas Wind Farm’s Beyond Matric programme, designed to provide skills development and support for unemployed youth. The programme, spanning eight months, offered training in various essential areas, including work readiness, professional CV writing, interviewing skills, leadership and computer literacy.

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