In close cooperation with the Vocational Skills Agency, GREDA has contributed to creating an initiative group that will further develop into the Sectoral Skills Organization (SSO) in the Energy Sector.
The initiative group was formed together with the partner associations the Solar Energy Association, the Georgian Wind Energy Association "Wind Georgia" and the Center for Energy Efficiency. The SSO will identify the professions in demand, develop and introduce relevant professional education programs in the field, and so on.
"The shortage of qualified personnel in the energy sector is an important challenge that we face in Georgia. The RE companies find it difficult to find skilled employees, and they usually have to bring them from abroad. In addition, according to recent research, one-fifth of the people working in the energy sector will reach retirement age in the next 5 years, which means that we need to act quickly to be able to replace them on time. By creating the SSO, the state, non-governmental and private organizations will be able to work together timely and efficiently to address existing challenges, which, in turn, will contribute to the development of not only the energy industry but also the country's economy," - stated Giorgi Abramishvili, GREDA Supervisory Board Chairman.
The Vocational Skills Agency was jointly established by the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and will facilitate the introduction of vocational programs in the labor market, support innovative training, improve competition and provide better employment opportunities.