Training

Training is one of the main programme activities, and includes technical training, training for programme partners, user training and training of trainer activities. Although the programme may initially implement training it self, the aim will be to out-source all training activities to existing vocational training centres.

To date, the training activities are mainly focused on technical bio-digester construction training for masons. The short term technical training is held during 10 days during which consist of a theoretical and a practical component on how to construct a biogas digester. The practical training is done in groups of each 6-7 masons whom will construct a biogas plant together.

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VETA has received curriculum development support, development of training manual in both English and Swahili, financial support to construct the practical training side as technical backstopping by TDBP training officer.

With growing demand, the programme continues to roll-out mason trainings utilising not only VETA institutes, but also on-site trainings where applicable. For example, in March 2010, one such on-site training was conducted in Vwawa, Mbozi, Mbeya District in conjunction with the Mbozi District Livestock Office (TDBP Implementing Partner).

Biogas Mason Refresher training: In addition the programme will offer refresher training to certified biogas masons to keep them up-dated with the developments in the programme. Frequent mistakes signalled during the quality control visits will be handled during these mason refresher courses.

Biogas Supervisor Training: In January 2010, TDBP organized the first biogas supervisor course to capacitate partner organizations like FIDE, MIGESADO, ELCT, KDA, OIKOS, VICOBA-Songea, TaTEDO, Mbozi, to assist and follow up the biogas promotion activities in their respective districts.

Besides the technical trainings, for promotion purposes, local promoters like extension workers, representatives of Community Organizations and NGOs are trained in 1 day trainings on the general advantages of biogas use. We expect these extension workers to liaise with the masons bringing in interested farmers.

Soon, the programme wants to make a start with:
User (female) trainings; on proper operation & maintenance of the biogas installation, on costs and benefits of a biogas installation and encourage proper bio-slurry use.

With the start of the Bio-slurry activities, Bio-slurry application trainings are foreseen to provide practical training to users to obtain the maximum benefits from their biogas installation.

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