Youth employed in environmental sector

2015-11-25 06:23
PHOTO: supplied Some of the Groen Sebenza Pioneers in the early months of their internship at Wildlands. All have since secured ‘green jobs’ either within Wildlands or elsewhere.

PHOTO: supplied Some of the Groen Sebenza Pioneers in the early months of their internship at Wildlands. All have since secured ‘green jobs’ either within Wildlands or elsewhere.

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AFTER two and a half years of mentoring by Wildlands staff, 50 of its pioneers from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, launched their careers in the environmental sector, 44 of whom secured employment, and 33 within Wildlands.

In May 2013 Wildlands was allocated 38 interns who were part of the Groen Sebenza Internship Programme, funded by National Treasury and co-ordinated by South African National Biodiversity Institute.

The aim of this job creation and youth development programme was to focus on increasing some of the scarce skills in the environmental sector through a two-and-a-half- year internship.

Wildlands was selected as one of the “host institutions”, and has incubated 50 pioneers which included geographers, GIS specialists, ecologists, horticulturists, assistant project managers, community development workers, and others.

“Mentoring requires time and patience, and is essentially an investment in our future, small sacrifices now that lead to a more capable, confident workforce down the line. It has been challenging at times for the mentors as they all have demanding jobs, however, their dedication to providing our pioneers with on-the-job experience and guidance has been remarkable and the results have proved their efforts worthwhile,” said Simone Dale, Wildlands Groen Sebenza Project co-ordinator.

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