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

Training and Development

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

Youth Participated
in training programmes


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

R 4 300 000

Invested into the training programmes
since 2014

Environmental Learnerships

Nature Conservation Programme

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.

  • 2014 – Of these 12 learners, all of whom successfully completed the programme and were awarded a National Certificate in Nature Conservation, one was given a permanent employment contract with the City of Cape Town and the other 11 went onto a higher learnership in Environmental Management (NQF level 5).
  • 2015 – 23 participants started a new programme, 21 of which saw it through to completion and some of whom will enter a higher learnership programme. Of these 21 graduates 18 found meaningful employment or acceptance onto higher education and training courses within 2 months of completing the programme.
  • 2016 – 35 learners to be placed on 10 nature reserves across the city.

Environmental Management Programme

In partnership with the City of Cape Town and Nature Conservation Corporation (NCC) the Environmental Management NQF level 5 Learnership was launched in 2015. The training is designed to effectively equip participants with sound project management skills and legislative knowledge. Of the first 12 participants that started the programme, 11 had partaken of the Nature Conservation Learnership the previous year.

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 we are proud to support a further 3 young conservators to register for 1st and 2nd year studies in Nature Conservation.

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.

Skills Development Programme

The 2-year skills development programme was established in 2007 to provide skills and employment to people from low income communities to encourage active conservation and positive behavioural changes. Although this is a non-accredited course the participants are provided with a range of accredited training interventions to better equip them for entering the Green Economy job market, these include courses such as conservation of biodiversity management, alien invasive species ID and control, chainsaw and brushcutter operation and 1st Aid. Over the two years of the programme the participants are guided and mentored by the nature conservator staff on the nature reserves. Fourteen of the 16 participants found meaningful employment within the first few months of completing the programme.


Follow Us

Stay up to date with our work and see how we are changing lives through nature.


If you would like a monthly news update, feel free to join our mailing list.


Meet the friendly, knowledgeable teams that manage our initiatives and projects.


Meet the Cape Town Environmental Education Trust’s Board of Trustees.

Support Us

Find out how you can support our work, as an individual, organisation or corporation.


See if there are any current vacancies or opportunities to join our team.


Meet & Greet

Our Partners

Our Donors

© Copyright - CTEET Cape Town Environmental Education Trust