Lighting the way for women in the East African energy sector

Power Africa recently expanded our All-Women Apprenticeship and Internship Program to Tanzania and Somalia, in addition to ongoing internships in Kenya and Rwanda. This program helps female graduates from universities and technical colleges acquire on-the-job training through 6- to 12-month rotational apprenticeships or internships. Ultimately, Power Africa is working toward bridging the gender diversity gap in the East African energy sector.

In Rwanda, the Women in Rwandan Energy (WIRE) apprenticeship program has placed 94 female apprentices in various energy companies, 12 of whom secured full-time jobs. WIRE, which started its apprenticeship program in 2020, is collaborating with government power entities, including Rwanda Energy Group (REG), as well as several private companies.

The Kenyan internship program, which started in February 2020, has placed 26 interns across four entities: Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), Kenya Power and Lighting Company (Kenya Power), Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) and the Geothermal Development Company (GDC). To date, each of these companies have taken on five female interns.

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