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artisan2Engineering News reports that three Just Energy Transition (JET) skills development zones focusing on renewables and grids, electric vehicles and green hydrogen value chains are proposed for implementation under the larger JET Investment Plan (JET-IP).

Pledges for the zones of $11.5-billion have been made by several developed countries. The zones will be anchored to specific educational institutions, most likely technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges selected for their proximity to the priority sectors. Education and training will be tailored towards a specific JET focus, catalytic interventions will be undertaken and partnerships with business developed. Joanne Yawitch of the JET Project Management Unit, which is located in the Presidency, reports that the development of JET-aligned skills has been identified as one of the key portfolios required to implement the JET-IP, approved by Cabinet in 2022. Speaking during a SA National Energy Association webinar, Yawitch said that skills had been identified as a key cross-cutting requirement for the JET-IP, the implementation of which was currently under way. Envisaged was a three-tier JET skills ecosystem, to be coordinated by a ‘JET Desk’ that would be set up either within the Department of Higher Education and Training or the Human Resource Development Council of SA. Without providing specific timeframes, Yawitch said the immediate priority was the establishment of the JET Skills Desk and the JET Skills Advisory Forum. In parallel, JET skills needs assessments would be undertaken for the three value chains.

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