My Success Story – Segopotso Lekgowa

Segopotso enrolled in our Energy Efficiency Management course in Johannesburg in November 2014.

How did you find out about Terra Firma Academy?

I found out about Terra Firma through the Chief Engineer of Green Technologies (Dept. of Infrastructure Development). I was an intern and was nominated to attend the course.

What drove you to search for training in the first place?

I wanted to learn a new skill.

What was your expectation of the training, and was it met, superseded or not quite what you expected?

I expected to learn about principles of energy and energy efficiency, understanding what makes a device efficient and calculating energy savings. Yes, the expectations were met

Have you done any similar short courses, and if so, how did they compare?

No.

What is your success story – how did the training help you achieve your goals?

I have a clear understanding of energy efficiency and am able to interpret and calculate energy bills. I retrofitted my home with energy efficient products reducing energy consumption and saving on electrical costs.

Did the training you did come up in your job interview?

It did not but I had to mention it somehow, there was no way I was not going to talk about it.

Have you managed to use the learning and insight you gained from the training in your job?

Yes, I am working as an electrical works inspector, one of my duties is to draw up specifications so I make sure that energy efficient products are used when doing so.

Now that you have experienced the benefits of training to ‘get ahead’/find a job, what is your next step in terms of your career?

I want to be involved in Green projects at work as there will be implementing a trigeneration plant, although the department will not be running it, I also want to expand my knowledge and be a green technology guru.