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Preparing for 2015

news - 16/12/2014

Green Jobs Training Programme successfully launched in South Africa

More than 30 officials from national Departments have enhanced their understanding of the employment dimension of a Green Economy during a training session on “Green Jobs for Sustainable Development: Concepts and Practices” at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) Vulindlela Academy in November.

The event was the first of a series of four training sessions designed within the framework of a national training programme targeting 160 national and provincial department officials, civil society and the private sector. The programme – a partnership between the Department of Environmental Affairs, Green Fund, Development Bank of Southern Africa and the Turin Centre – will be implemented during 2014 and 2015.

The Government of South Africa has identified the transition to a green economy as a key policy area because of its potential to stimulate economic growth and create sustainable jobs. Despite the existence of a highly conducive green economy policy landscape, there is the need to further develop the capacity of national and local stakeholders to implement activities targeted at green jobs creation and to ensure that the labour market responds to the demand for new skills emerging in a greener economy.

In 2015, dedicated training sessions will be held for provincial government representatives, as well as private and public actors in the waste management sector and those involved in natural resource management. In order to achieve enhanced sustainability of the interventions and to establish a Community of Practice on green jobs promotion, the face-to-face training sessions will be complemented by an online e-campus that will allow participants to exchange and interact beyond the classroom training.