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.