Faith Orazulike, a Physics Electronics graduate, discovered a life-changing opportunity through the Solar PV and Employability Skills Training by WAVE in partnership with the Renewable Energy Technology Training Institute (RETTI).
Faith's career spanned customer service and facility management, and intrigued by the training opportunity she stumbled upon on WhatsApp, she enrolled for the training.
"The training was a full package," she affirms, noting the incorporation of mathematics and technical aspects that rekindled memories from her academic years.
What stood out for Faith was the emphasis on soft skills training. As someone who had taken a backseat due to her stutter, Faith found her voice through the training program. "I have learned that I have to communicate my thoughts even when others are not there, and I still have to communicate effectively," she shares.
After the training, Faith interned in the marketing and installation aspect of a solar business where she honed some of the skills she learned during the training, “Thanks to the soft skills training, specifically the sales and negotiation part, I was able to apply them during my internship," she adds, highlighting impact of the training program.
Navigating challenges, Faith committed to the training despite logistical difficulties. "The location was challenging for me," she admits, "but I had to stay with a family member that lived close to the training location to be on time throughout the training." This determination showcased her commitment to the program and her future in the renewable energy sector.
After her internship, Faith joined a solar startup initiated by a fellow alumnus with extensive experience. The hands-on technical skills acquired during the training program seamlessly integrated into her daily responsibilities. "I am definitely still learning," she acknowledges, "but generally, I am not lost on the field, and I know what is happening. The technical part of learning things that are hands-on is so amazing for me and currently on the job they have definitely come in handy."
Faith's story encapsulates the transformative journey of equipping young people with both technical and soft skills that transform their career journey.