Skills Development Seminar Agenda


The Skills Development seminar aims to assist in closing the skills gap in the African energy sector. Cultivating leadership skills, conducting training according to new industry needs, as well as coaching programmes to build skills capacity, are just some of the exciting elements covered in this seminar.

By making this content freely available, Power & Electricity World Africa is able to empower the youth entering this industry. The knowledge will also help existing companies focus on skills development as well as to improve their internal skills programmes to meet the needs of today’s power sector.

Location: Skills Development Seminar Theatre - Level 0



10:30 Refuelling the talent pipeline: The energy professional of the future - Roula Inglesi-Lotz, Associate Professor Department of Economics, University of Pretoria 
Skills opportunities for youth in the nuclear industry - Knox Msebenzi, Managing Director, Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa

Long term planning and incentives to encourage youth upskilling - Klarinda Meiring, Training Manager, PROearth

12:00 Staying competitive - using skills development programmes to retain educated staff - Nhlalala Chauke, Energy Consultant, Aspigon Energy
12:30 Keeping up skills development to enable deployment of new energy technology - Ntombifuthi Ntuli, CEO, SAWEA 
13:00 Attracting youth to energy - Niveshen Govender, COO, SAPVIA
13:30 How to find the right talent that can adapt to dynamic industries and situations - Abdul Tenywa, CEO, Jeppe College of Commerce and Computer Studies
Leadership – effective, affordable and understands local context - Jonas Lehoko, CEO, CTE Solar Energy
14:30 Expanding artisanal pathways through TVET into the Green Economy - Dr Anthony Gewer, Programme Manager, National Business Initiative
15:00 Developing a unique mentorship and coaching programme to build skills capacity - Darren Ryder, Customised Project Manager, The Hope Factory
Influencing job ready programmes at tertiary education level - Nkhensani Ndengeza, Skills Development Facilitator,  Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality



10:30 How new technology is contributing to the skills shortage - Edwin Ramabulana, Engineering Technician, Transnet
11:00 Finance in Renewable Energy - Armel Ciamala, Senior Associate, Quartile Capital Holdings
11:30 An integrated approach on advancing renewable energy technologies through youth skills development for job creation - Emmanuel Maepa, Director, Dr H E Maepa Institute (Pty) Ltd
12:00 Panel Discussion: Unpacking the required skills for 4IR

Knox Msebenzi, Managing Director, Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa
Ntombifuthi Ntuli, CEO, SAWEA
Niveshen Govender, COO, SAPVIA
Wynand van der Merwe, Skills Development Manager, CSIR
13:00 Youth in Energy Transitions - Emmanuel Ekosse, Doctoral Researcher, UNISA
13:30 Challenges experienced by young people who are NEET in the industry 4.0 era - Matli Walter, Research Associate, Vaal University of Technology
14:00 Future skills and job creation through renewable energy in South Africa - Khathutshelo Mike Ramukumba, CEO, CHIETA
14:30 WESSA e-STEAM – a creative way to educate and upskill our youth in renewable energy resources - Matthew Cocks, General Manager, WESSA Education Centres
15:00 Importance of incubating and mentoring SMEs for skills transfer and transformation - Leslie Stolterfoht, Business Development Officer, Kinetic Mining Solutions
15:30 How to embark on identifying skill needs for renewable energy? Richard Setati, Head of KP Academy, Knowledge Pele




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