Employees of the Mount Coffee hydropower plant in Liberia are participating in the first fully virtual training series of the Voith HydroSchool.
The international training for the workers of plant owner Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) began virtually in early November and reinforces the long-standing partnership between Voith and LEC, with the hydro plant and region having benefited from the HydroSchool training program since 2016.
The training units, which are implemented in cooperation with the hydropower plant operator Hydro Operation International (HOI), are considered an important component for the sustainable cultural and economic development of Liberia. They also form the basis for a sustainable transfer of knowledge about hydropower as a renewable energy source.
The "Virtual Classroom Training" is led by a Voith expert who teaches live from a location of the technology company. Two groups of 10 employees each take part exclusively in the lessons and are trained individually in their areas of responsibility. New employees receive important knowledge about the hydropower plant, turbine, hydraulic governor, generator and electronic equipment. Experienced employees expand their expert knowledge of excitation systems, plant protection and digital governors.
The theoretical and practical topics taught by the Voith expert in the morning will be repeated and implemented in the afternoon with the support of a trained HOI employee directly at the plant.
The training is to be conducted and completed this year. After successful completion of all training units, each employee will receive a certificate, which is of great importance for the employees.
“We are proud that we can now offer our customer a virtual representation of the HydroSchool training in a very short planning period. This is only possible thanks to the active support of colleagues from various departments,” commented Maren Henkes, Customer Training Manager at Voith Hydro.
The HydroSchool training provides valuable knowledge, which is practiced directly at the Mount Coffee plant. The picture shows a former training unit before the corona pandemic.