The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is pleased to announce that it has embarked on a major skills development and job creation pilot programme, Groen Sebenza, a Jobs Fund Partnership Project. Groen Sebenza is aimed at developing priority skills in the biodiversity sector to create sustainable job opportunities for 800 unemployed graduates and matriculants.
Groen Sebenza which means Green (in Afrikaans) and Work (in isiZulu) brings young South Africans from previously disadvantaged backgrounds together with experienced biodiversity professionals to learn, grow and eventually gain the competence and confidence to embark on rewarding and meaningful biodiversity careers.
The programme partners with 33 organisations from all tiers of government, NGOs and the private sector. Through Groen Sebenza, 800 young unemployed South Africans from previously disadvantaged communities, will be selected to join a 2.5-year programme where they will be hosted in one the 33 partner organisations in the biodiversity sector.
The human capital development strategy for the Biodiversity sector indicates that South Africa has a shortage of skills to manage its biodiversity. Various historical inequalities have also contributed to this skills shortage. The programme has been initiated to respond to these demands, as identified by the various research efforts conducted in the sector. 500 graduates and 300 school leavers (matriculants) referred to as 'incubants' will be placed with one of the 33 partner organisations for the duration of the project.
The successful participants will undergo mentorship and training and will gain valuable experience required for them to enter into biodiversity careers with confidence and competence.
The Jobs Fund is managed by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) on behalf of National Treasury.
Visit the Sanbi website www.sanbi.org.za for further details.