27 November, 2023 News

CORE takes bold steps to bridge skills gap in the DRE sector, aiming to train 10,000 practitioners by 2025

The solution to the sustainability challenge lies with the skills of the local workforce, which must be strengthened to deal with the monumental increase in decentralised electrification needs in the years to come. A recent survey with DRE industry players indicated that more than 70% of companies have difficulties in finding skilled local field staff.

With this in mind, the Cornerstone of Rural Electrification Initiative, CORE, was launched jointly by ARE and the International Copper Association (ICA), in partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Sustainable Energy for ALL (SEforALL), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to address the immense capacity building and technical assistance needs to support the development of DRE systems as a means to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Today, CORE has made a significant impact by training over 1,500 practitioners in the DRE sector.

By 2025, the goal is to support training of more than 10,000 beneficiaries through on-demand training and regional certification programmes across sub-Saharan Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean.

CORE seeks to partner with like-minded organisations to address the skills gap in the DRE sector.



Jens Jaeger   |   Director of Policy & Business Development   |   j.jaeger@ruralelec.org