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Giving hope to Cape Town’s youth to access jobs in the Green Economy

Training and Development


Youth Participated
in training programmes


of graduates employed or further education
within 3 months of completing their training

R 4 600 000

Invested into the training programmes
since 2014

Training and Development

Many youth in Cape Town do not see a way to exit their dire circumstances with 48% of youth below the age of 25 being unemployed and often being drawn into gangsterism and substance abuse. High levels of school drop out and a struggling education system has resulted in a low percentage of youth with suitable school results to enter tertiary education. This coupled with the lack of affordability of tertiary education as well as responsibilities of many of these young people to become the bread winners hinders them from gaining the education and skills necessary to pursue a career of interest. Since 2006 our training and development interventions have given hope and created opportunities for 79 individuals to have a greater choice over their career and future.

The Training and Development Fund is comprised of the programme initiatives:

  • Skills Development Programme
  • Environmental Learnerships
  • Luqmaan Jabaar Memorial Bursary Fund
  • WIL Programme

Environmental Learnerships

Given the serious skills shortage in South Africa and the difficulty faced by youth from low-income communities in gaining further education and training after completing their schooling we launched a year-long, NQF level 2 learnership programme in 2014 in order to upskill and qualify individuals in Nature Conservation. In partnership with the City of Cape Town and with funding from CATHSSETA (Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality & Sports Sectoral Education and Training Authority) and the Table Mountain Fund the first intake saw 12 participants, mostly women and the majority from informal settlements, enter the programme.

Since our first learnership in 2014, we have gone on to offer 4 more learnership programmes – offering a total of 69 learnership positions. These programmes have included further Nature Conservation: Resource Guardianship NQF level 2 programmes as well as NQF level 5 Environmental Management Learnership and Nature Conservation: Environmental Practices NQF 4 programmes. To date, 85% of the individuals involved in the learnerships have found permanent employment or gone onto to further studies, proving this to be an incredibly successful model. A feather in our cap is that our graduates make up most of the shortlisted candidates for field ranger posts for conservation agencies in Cape Town. This is in part owing to the extra training we put them on during the learnership such as First-Aid, chainsaw and brushcutter training, alien plant ID and the opportunity for the participants to obtain their drivers licences.

Luqmaan Jabaar Memorial Bursary Fund

In 2009 we lost a dear friend and colleague Luqmaan Jabaar to a car accident while doing what he loved – working in nature.

The management and staff of the Zeekoevlei and Rondevlei Nature reserves started a fund in his honour, the Luqmaan Jabaar Memorial Bursary Fund and from this initial start-up capital the fund has grown over the years. The aim of the fund is to give young people with passion to be a conservator the opportunity to pursue higher education and training in the conservation arena.

Since its inception the fund has assisted individuals at various levels to pursue their career development through a variety of courses and tertiary education. In 2014 Sabelo Memani, a graduate of the Cape Peninsula of Technology became the first recipient of a full tuition bursary to pursue a higher degree in Nature Conservation and after 2 years of bursary support we are proud to announce Sabelo’s completion of his Bachelor of Technology studies. In 2015 we also supported Taryn van Neel, a budding conservationist, to pursue her Nature Conservation diploma through the University of South Africa (UNISA). In 2016 were proud to support a further 2 young conservators to register for 1st and 2nd year studies in Nature Conservation – Fabrice Turikumwe and Carol-Ann Jantjies, along with supporting Graeme Muller while he completes his Matric.

WIL Programme

The Nature Conservation diploma offered through the Cape Peninsula University of Technology requires that a student completes their third year of studies at a host organization where they gain valuable practical experience during which time they must complete a number of written assignments. Students struggle to find placement if the host organizations require that the students be in possession of their drivers licenses as many students do not have their license. We make 4 posts available annually for conservation students to be based on our education and conservation programmes.


2018-03-07 Impact News_Cindy Adams

Working in Nature Conservation is changing my life

Published in Impact News (Atlantis Community Newspaper, 7 March 2018). Written by Cindy Adams, part of the CTEET Nature Conservation (NQF level 2) learnership 2017/2018. In partnership with the City of Cape Town we launched a skills development…

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