Greening TVET Colleges Initiative

By Tanja Merensky-Hartinger

12/09/2014

South Africa has embarked on a major policy drive to invest in a green economy. The green economy has the potential to be a new engine of growth, a net generator of decent jobs and a vital strategy to reduce poverty. It has been identified as a key sector for employment creation with the potential for creating at least 300,000 additional direct jobs by 2020.

New green jobs are particularly expected in the fields of natural resource management, waste management, green energy generation and energy and resource efficiency as well as emission and pollution mitigation. The importance of developing employees for sustainable development in these fields through technical and vocational education and training is thus undisputed.

TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) now has the task of educating and training people to meet the new skills requirements arising in both the green economy as well as economic sectors which are greening. Their vision: a skilled and capable workforce that contributes to and benefits from a growing greening economy towards a sustainable development of our planet.

Their mission: To provide adequate skills development which meets the requirements of a greening economy, and contributes to achieving the national and international targets of sustainable development and climate protection. TVET colleges throughout South Africa have embarked on the exciting journey to become greening ambassadors.

Are you interested in finding out more about this ambitious venture? Then download the Greening Colleges Initiative brochure below.