Establishing Low Carbon Energy Education Centers for Young Practitioners
* Quality Assured Data from SGP’s Annual Monitoring Process as of June 30, 2021.
Establishing Low Carbon Energy Education Centers for Young Practitioners
Last decade a series of projects have been implemented in Armenia on promotion of renewable energy sources (RE) and energy efficient (EE) technologies with support of different donors and financial institutions. Later, the amendment to the Law on “Energy Saving and Renewable Energy” and other legislative acts provided the opportunity to widely introduce renewable energy and energy efficient technologies across Armenia. This, in turn, created a demand for skilled practitioners who are qualified to design, assemble, install and maintain solar panel systems, especially in rural parts of the country. However, the lack of engineering and technical workers in this area is still an obstacle to the diffusion of technologies. Design and construction works of RE use and EE appliances are mainly carried out by self-taught and self-learnt individuals. In many cases, this results in various problems emerged later pertaining to the design, assembling and proper performance because of the lack of professional knowledge and non-relevant technical background and skills. This problem is not only limited by the design and technical flaws, but also discredits RE and EE technologies and leads to misunderstanding about their effectiveness among the public. At the same time, almost all regions of Armenia have technical universities, colleges or other educational institutions that can train relevant specialists in the field of RE and EE technologies meanwhile ensuring the competitiveness of their trained specialists in the labor market.
In 2013, "Ferti" NGO established “RE and EE Technologies” Lab in Gyumri branch of the National Polytechnic University of Armenia with the funding of the UNDP/GEF SGP aiming to develop capacities of young people and creating educational and vocational opportunities in this area through practical learning and knowledge transfer. Taking into consideration the achievements of the Lab, in 2015 “Armenian Green Technologies Center” Foundation /http://www.agtc.am/ was established (within the framework of the project: “Green Energy for Green Socio-Economic Progress in Shirak Region” funded by EU) with an objective to influence the sectoral policies, introduce climate change mitigation and adaptation mechanisms and raise public awareness on efficiency of green technologies. The Center jointly with the Lab initiated a series of specialized workshops for students, NGOs, decision-makers and other stakeholders in Shirak region for building awareness and supporting outreach initiatives by youth. Trained specialists are now actively involved in green energy services, such as energy performance improvement and green energy systems design works, while the Center offers expertise and consultancy on feasible energy solutions to different businesses and individuals in Shirak region and beyond.

Based on the successful experience of the existing learning platform modality in Shirak region, the project proposes creating a functional learning platform for education, training and capacity building through providing essential knowledge and vocational skills on innovative low carbon technologies to students of different technical colleges in regions. This initiative aims to enhance youth employment and entrepreneurship opportunities through creating a network of Low Carbon Energy Education Centers based on technical universities and colleges of Armenia. The centers will ensure targeted capacity building and vocational training of students and unemployed youth in providing green energy services, with particular focus on solar systems installation and maintenance. In addition, a set of community micro-projects for best innovative low carbon solutions and applications proposed by the Centers will be considered for funding to boost greater interest in low carbon technologies and raise motivation of relevant young practitioners. Qualified low carbon technology young practitioners and entrepreneurs trained by the Centers will meet the growing demand for “green” jobs, especially in rural Armenia, where solar energy technologies are rapidly expanding.
As a project outcome, the specialists / graduates will become knowledgeable, trained and skilled professionals in the field of green energy services, who will be competitive in the labor market and be able to secure their self-employment.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
FERTI NGO
Country:
Armenia
Area Of Work:
CapDev
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 150,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 20,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 9,980.00
Project Number:
ARM/SGP/OP6/Y5/CORE/YCC/2019/26
Status:
Currently under execution
Project Characteristics and Results
Notable Community Participation
All the project activities will be directed to the enhancement of the employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for students and young practitioners of tech colleges and higher education institutions. The youth will be involved in theoretical and practical trainings through fundamental learning platform on low carbon technologies. It will promote the acquisition of professional skills of young personnel and make them more competitive in the labor market.
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
Armenia is in the list of countries where the overwhelming part of the energy demand depends on the imported carbon fuel. This causes energy dependency and has a negative social and environmental impact. The following significant approaches for socio-economic activities are highlighted: - In order to enhance the practical knowledge of young practitioners and students, the project includes implementation of pilot micro-projects using RE or EE technologies for the social and educational institutions of the communities; the savings will be directed to the solution of the community issues (for instance, the savings generated through the implementation of pilot micro-projects in preschools will be allocated to the reduction of the preschool fee for socially disadvantaged families or to other social projects). - Young practitioners who passed vocational trainings during the project will become competitive in the labor market and their financial independence will improve the well being of their families.
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Indicators
Biophysical
Tonnes of CO2 decreased or avoided by energy efficient and renewable energy technologies or applying environmentally sustainable transport practices introduced by SGP Project 210
Biophysical
Number of innovations or new technologies developed / applied 3
Empowerment
Number of CBOs / NGOs formed or registered through the SGP project 4
Empowerment
Number and type of support linkages established with local governments/authorities 1
Livehood
Number of individuals (gender diaggregated) who have benefited* from SGP project 200

Grantee Contact

Mr. Khachik Sahakyan
Phone: 37493 22 12 03
Email: fertingo@rambler.ru
 

Address

4 Elektropriborni St., build. 3
Gyumri , Shirak , 3120

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Phone:
+374 60 530000+116
Fax:
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Ms. Svetlana Harutyunyan
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