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The top eight members of the Limpopo Economic Development Environment and Tourism (LEDET) department were honoured at the Sub-Saharan African Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Certification Ceremony, held during November under the auspices of the Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEEC) Conference 2018.

These achievements are a result of the programme run by the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF), the energy division of Faculty Training Institute (FTI), together with LEDET as the programme sponsor, and equips students to become qualified energy professionals towards international and local qualification status.

Youth energy interns excel at AEE ceremony

The top performing student is aptly named Doctor Senamela who was mentored by a Certified Energy Manager (CEM®) and a Certified Energy Auditor (CEA®) and was based at Supreme Spring in Nigel. He achieved a distinction in his CEM examination, was awarded the Top CEM Youth Programme Student by the SAEEC, the Energy Manager In-Training (EMIT) International Status by the AEE, and recognised for successfully completing the unit standard on conducting an energy audit.

Kemmone Mochai had the second highest CEM examination mark, was awarded the EMIT International Status by AEE, as well as was recognised for completing the unit standard on conducting an energy audit. Kemmone was mentored by AEE Professionals holding CEM, CEA and CMVP certifications and worked at Bidvest Facilities Management. Kabelo Malete also achieved his EMIT International Status and was mentored by a CEA at Denel Aviation.

The workplace experience was a valuable aspect of this programme and was integrated with the local and international training modules, coupled with assignments in line with SAQA requirements, culminating in taking the international CEM examination. Other students that have not yet passed their CEM examination for which a 70% mark is required, but achieved the top marks in the group of 20 youths and close to and over 60% was Patience Sathekge, Ditiro Masebedi, Sinky Nkuna, Johnny Kwebu and Vinolia Shivambu. All eight students received certificates of recognition for these achievements.

LEDET embarked on a journey to uplift previously disadvantaged students from the Province of Limpopo with the objective to incorporate the skills acquired to implement the province’s Green Strategy.

The Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) was contracted to provide the necessary training and mentorship services to the students necessary for them to become skilled, employable and qualified in the areas of energy required for the Green Strategy. The ultimate aim of the students are to achieve international status as Certified Energy Manager (CEM®).

Due to the CEM® examination requirements being problem statements for which solutions need to be found, and the questions drawing from work experience more so than theory, an educational programme was developed for the LEDET students. The programme is customised align as much as possible to the varied levels of background, qualifications and skills of the candidates when they commenced the programme. The programme incorporates extended class-based training sessions with increased facilitation and practical workbook exercises, practice and homework.

The AEE qualifications, such as CEM®, enables South African’s to obtain a globally transferrable and usable qualification thereby enhancing career development and marketability of skills. Students on the programme that are able to pass the examination within three years of attending the training sessions, have the potential to become highly skilled through the knowledge, practical work experience and guidance received on this programme and are set to make a recognisable difference in the industry in South Africa, and for the Province of Limpopo.

For further information visit www.energytrainingfoundation.co.za