Kolkata: SwitchON Foundation has launched a Basic Solar Water Pump Training with 180 participants. The training is being conducted on e-platform and has participants from all over the country. The training is being conducted over an online platform using innovative tools like practical videos, presentations and handbooks, says a press release.
Earlier in September this year, SwitchON had initiated an Introductory Workshop on Solar Pump Technician training and more than 2000 participants had registered from over 100 institutes in 28 states. The training was conceptualised on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, i.e., 5th September 2021, and has certified the participants after the 12-hour workshop.
Vinay Jaju from SwitchON Foundation said, “We are excited to launch this programme to train youth for better career opportunities in the future. There is no doubt the solar sector is going to be a job creator, and so we need skilled youth for installing and servicing millions of solar water pumping systems that have been and will be set up in the coming years.”
The training designed by SwitchON launched with an online teaching workshop for 12 hours and thereafter 50 hours of basic solar pump technician training, which includes interactive classes with presentations, videos and online books. The training module has been designed such that participants can visualise the various aspects of the solar pumping system directly through Videos. The programme also includes assessment theoretical knowledge development through extensive assignments. Each participant is provided with a certificate from SwitchON Foundation.
Good Energies Foundation has been supporting SwitchON’s solar pump training programmes for technicians. “SwitchON Foundation’s Solar Pump Training is helping to make sure farmers, solar technicians, and others are well informed about how to effectively use renewable energy and water-efficient irrigation to improve farm productivity across India,” said Stephanie Jones, Programme Manager at Good Energies.
In the coming years, about 50% growth is expected in solar sector jobs. The training will promote uptake of solar irrigation systems by enhanced business activities. This has not only reduced air pollution by shifting from fossil fuels like kerosene and diesel to solar energy, but also enhanced income of trainees by placements and financial linkages for entrepreneurs.
The applications for the workshop are open and participants can register in the link: http://bit.ly/onskills-apply.
SwitchON plans to conduct advanced training including on-hand practical demonstration at residential training facility. Both the online and offline training are conducted by certified trainers on solar technologies.