Today was a very exciting day for CTEET. We launched the Nature Conservation Learnership, in partnership with the City of Cape Town Biodiversity Management Branch. The project is part funded by CATHSSETA (Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality & Sport Sector Education and Training Authority) and part funded by the City of Cape Town.

There are 12 very excited participants joining the project. Six will be based in the northern region of the City on two of the Nature Reserves; Table Bay Nature Reserve and Blaauwberg Nature Reserve. The other six will be based in the southern region of the City on various sections of the False Bay Nature Reserve.

The six participants in the north region all reside in the informal settlement of Dunoon and originally come from the Eastern Cape. The six participants in the south region mostly come from the Cape Flats; Lavender Hill, Grassy Park and Lotus River. With one residing in Langa.

The aim of the project is to upskill the 12 participants and provide them with an opportunity to attain an NQF (National Qualification Framework) Level 2 at the end of the 12 month period. They will gain on-site work experience and get specialised training from the Nature College in Riversdale. In addition they will receive a variety non-accredited training to assist them with finding employment on completion of the programme.

We would like to wish the participants the best of luck for the coming months!

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