Nature Conservation 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. Programmes are run 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.
Since our first learnership in 2014, we have gone on to offer 6 more learnership programmes – offering a total of 119 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.