Kirchner Solar Young People Scholarship Programme

With staff localisation requirements emerging throughout Uganda and a growing solar market not only in Uganda but in whole West-Africa, identifying and training local solarteurs is becoming essential. To help meet this challenge, the German Kirchner Solar Holding (KSH), in association with the Kirchner Solar Uganda Ltd. is launching the Kirchner Solar Young People Scholarship Programme. 

Members of this group will be selected from candidates coming from socially disadvantaged families/areas but with a high potential to become future solarteurs, technicians or sales representatives of the solar industry and will receive advanced, industry specific knowledge and technical training.

The programme is open to promising nationals of the Republic of Uganda as well as its surrounding countries.

Eligible persons will be chosen without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion! In this respect KSH welcomes the application from women for the solar profession. This scholarship programme is reserved to young people from 16 to 25 years of age for the three areas of Solarteur, Solar Technician and Solar Sales Person.

For each new term up to ten candidates will be chosen in all. Each selected candidate will not receive a monthly stipend but KSH will bear all costs for attending the training programme, board and lodging throughout the whole programme until successful completion of the training course.

The candidates will receive intensive training of advanced photovoltaic (PV) technical training to develop quality workforce capacity for the installation of solar PV systems, a fast-growing form of renewable energy with excellent potential for providing energy security and economic development in Uganda.

This programme will feature a mix of training seminars, site visits, practical work experience and networking opportunities designed to enhance both the candidates’ expertise and real world connections with potential employers in Uganda. All training will be conducted in English. KSH will be providing a standard for excellence in the sector, which ultimately will help Uganda and West African countries to reap the benefits of solar power.

“Establishing human competency standards being followed by appropriate training and certification is essential to the success of renewable energy efforts in the developing countries,” said Lars Kirchner, founder and owner of KSH.

We encourage business, government, and academic institutions to join us in our efforts to make the solar potential of Uganda and West Africa a reality. To get involved, contact us at solar4africa@kirchner-solar-group.de.

Candidates for the scholarship programme may apply by submitting a brief letter of motivation, contact details as well as a brief overview of their previous educational and/or professional history either via email to scholarship@kirchner-solar-group.de with the subject line: “Kirchner Solar Young People Scholarship” or by coming personally to the KSH Solar Centre, Katikamu Sub-County Kojjo Village for an interview. All candidates must have completed advanced studies in renewable and solar energy within the last three years.