UN Environment Programme Webinar, Wednesday June 30th, 2021 9:00 a.m. ET

UN Environment Programme Solar Panels and Wind Turbines

We urgently have to scale up both the workforce and awareness needed for a clean energy transition. This requires bold efforts in education and workforce training. This interactive event, sponsored by the Green Learning Network, the International Renewable Energy Agency, REN21 and UNEP’s Youth and Education Alliance, brings together experts at the forefront of renewable energy education and training to share innovative approaches and resources. 

We will explore both challenges and solutions for: adapting curricula to meet emerging knowledge and skills requirements; the role of educators across all levels and academic areas to help students understand the opportunities and massive growth in clean energy careers; and systemic reform needs. The session will include discussion of resources, successful examples, solutions and sharing mechanisms during this interactive session.

Agenda Topics

Context on education and skills needs for the energy transition

Samah Elsayed, Programme Officer- Renewable Energy Education, International Renewable Energy Agency

Presentation of innovative education and training approaches

Moderated by Dr. Debra Rowe, President, U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development

Professional Development for Educators:  Renewable energy curricula and instructional materials 

Dr. Kenneth Walz, Director, Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education (CREATE), Madison Area Technical College, Wisconsin, USA

Building the skills needed to address energy access challenges

Giles Bristow, Director of Programmes, Ashden- Climate Solutions in Action

Delivering an inclusive solar industry curricula

Hope Nyambura Njoroge, Business Development Officer, Strathmore Energy Research Centre (SERC), Kenya

Training the renewable energy workforce of the future

Alan Goundry, Head, Energy Academy at Newcastle College, UK and member of UK Green Jobs Taskforce

The Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET (BILT) project: Fostering international peer-learning on greening TVET

Vera Hark, Project Manager, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, Germany

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