Lekela’s Apprenticeship Program Embraces Women’s Empowerment Efforts
In its pursuit to empowering women and embracing gender equality, Lekela, the renewable power generation company that delivers utility-scale projects across Africa, is taking the opportunity of the Egyptian Women’s Day, to launch a new initiative, inviting three local young females from the city of Ras Ghareb to its Apprenticeship Program at West Bakr Wind Farm in Egypt.
The Apprenticeship program will start on the 1st of April and will last for four to six weeks; and it aims to offer three young female graduates, Menna-Allah Mubarak, Alaa Hassan and Amira Saied, the construction training on-site. The training will not only open a new window for the residents of Ras Ghareb to work in renewable energy, but will also contribute to improving their living standards and setting new career ambitions.
Menna-Allah Mubarak, said: “We have all graduated from the Faculty of Engineering in 2020. Witnessing this amazing development of West Bakr Wind Farm in Ras Ghareb, day after day, further stimulated our interest to learn more about renewable energy”.
Mubarak added: “I specifically chose to study Renewable Energy Engineering, because I’d like to contribute to creating a clean world to live in, especially that renewable energy sources – sun and wind – are easily accessible in Egypt”.
Alaa Hassan, said: “My passion for mathematics and problem solving naturally led me towards this field. I decided to become an engineer to prove that women can do anything men can do; and I hope to inspire other women to expand their career goals and aspirations”.
Amira Saied added: “I’m so much looking forward to this training, and I hope to gain insights into the day-to-day job of an electrical engineer. It is also a great opportunity for me to learn from the team on-site “.
Faisal Eissa, General Manager, Egypt at Lekela, added: “This program forms a good pillar for the empowerment of the female role in the renewables and wind energy sectors. As the world celebrates the contribution and leadership of women this month, we at Lekela, strongly believe that the growth of the renewable energy sector should benefit both women and men, but we must be proactive about enabling women to establish a strong equity to emphasize the female force in redefining the renewable energy sector in Egypt”.
“We believe that this opportunity will not only reinstate the fact of our gender equality values, but will also raise awareness that young female engineers must be encouraged to pursue their professional aspirations, no matter the industry in question”.
“Knowing that your job facilitates the development of a healthier world is a fulfilling message that many women would like to embrace. If so, renewable energy is a natural and inevitable direction, we simply need to give women the courage and confidence to take this step and enjoy the journey”, Eissa added.
As a strong advocate of gender diversity, Lekela promotes business growth, efficiency and enhanced sustainability by closing gender gaps within the communities they work in.
Recently, Lekela has also launched two-female-focused community programs. Last December, 25 local women from Ras Ghareb were selected to train in sewing and embroidery, to help them create new income sources for their families.
The Women’s Literacy Program was also launched last September in collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Education, the Egyptian Ministry of Social Security, and the Ras Ghareb Local Council.
The ongoing energy transformation, driven by renewables, is bringing far-reaching, systemic change to society. Renewable energy employs about 32% women, compared to 22% in the energy sector overall, according to a 2019 report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). IRENA estimates that the number of jobs in renewables could increase from 10.3 million in 2017 to nearly 29 million in 2050. The global energy transition offers the chance to create new jobs and reshape all aspects of how energy is produced and distributed. Renewables offer diverse opportunities along the value chain, requiring different skill sets and more progress toward gender equality when opportunities are equally accessible and the benefits evenly distributed.