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GSES core ethos is capacity building. GSES believes that sustainable industry needs both an institutional level quality framework as well as a competent, well trained work force. GSES has been capacity building for over 25 years by creating the structures necessary for industry to grow and ensuring that, at an individual level, these structures are understood and accepted.
Proven Track Record
GSES was the first to offer technician level training for the Australian Solar Power Industry in 1992. GSES also worked with the industry association at that time, what is now the Clean Energy Council, to develop the accreditation scheme that is currently used. GSES worked with the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator (ORER), what is now the Clean Energy Regulator, to help develop the inspection scheme which underpins the industry installation quality standards.
Since 2008, GSES has been part of the Industry Reference Group for developing national electrical training packages on behalf of the Australian Skills Quality Association (ASQA) to ensure Units of Competency and Skill Sets are relevant and accurate for the industry (GSES was the committee chair for 6 years).
Internationally, GSES joined the Institute for Sustainable Power (ISP) in 2000 and undertook projects to develop and introduce quality training frameworks to the ASEAN region (Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar [Burma], Laos). The work done for ISP to create training frameworks was leveraged by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and forms the basis for the training framework used in the United States of America.
In 2010, GSES helped the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) form the Sustainable Energy Industry Association of the Pacific Islands (SEIAPI) and GSES currently acts as the Secretariat for this association.
GSES helped the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) create a technician certification program which saw the development of a regional certification body, the development of manuals in both English and French to conduct certification examinations and aligned local training centre curricula to the newly developed Job Task Assessments (JTA) which sets the standard for installation practices.
GSES developed the Quality Assurance Framework for the Ugandan Rural Electrification Agency (REA) solar home systems to support the Uganda Energy Credit Capitalisation Company (UECCC) managed loan facility.
In addition to the above, GSES has conducted capacity building activities in over 40 countries.