CLEAN ENERGY SECTOR IS GEARING UP TO ATTRACT SKILLS BACK AND SUPPORT JOB SEARCHES
South Africa’s renewable energy sector is amidst preparation for the Fifth Bid Window (BW5), deadline next week, 16 August 2021 as well as gearing up for the next two bidding rounds, expected to follow soon thereafter. To ensure that the industry can deliver these procurement rounds, which will not only drive an estimated R40 Billion of investment, each year, specialist skills are being sourced.
“We are anticipating jobs in manufacturing, logistics, finance, construction, and operational phases. These comprise of professional services, business services and sales. Requirements include, engineering, project management, project development, and skills in environmental authorizations, amongst others. Direct jobs can already be seen through the employment drives that have been undertaken by various companies operating in the renewables sector,” explained Ntombifuthi Ntuli, CEO of South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA).
To help satisfy the exponential sector growth, SAWEA is supporting the employment drive within the renewables industry, with a new vacancies portal on its web platform.
“We are supporting members by listing their vacancies and helping to increase reach to potential candidates who may be looking for jobs in the renewables industry, this also includes internships and scholarship opportunities,” added Ntuli, who says that the sector has responded positively to this service offering.
Many jobs were lost during the sector’s seven year hiatus, with the manufacturing sector being one of the first to feel the impact. The extended delay on procurement of power from IPPs, resulted directly in the closure of one tower manufacturing facility, which had employed over 150 people. The impasse placed significant strain on another facility. The industry and country lost hundreds of skilled people, who sought employment elsewhere, so the industry is now playing catch-up and working hard at attracting talent back.
“Considering that the industry to-date, has already delivered over 45 000 job years for South African citizens, the next ten years promises to deliver much needed skilled and unskilled work opportunities,” concluded Ntuli.