Environmental Affairs Director-General presents 94 unemployed graduates with Environmental Practice Learnership Programme Certificates
31 August 2015
Environmental Affairs Director-General presented 94 unemployed graduates with Environmental Practice Learnership Programme Certificates.
The Director-General of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Nosipho Ngcaba, presented 94 unemployed youth graduates who have successfully completed the Further Education & Training (FETC): Environmental Practice Learnership programme with certificates, today, on 31 August 2015 at Birchwood Conference Centre, in Boksburg.
The Environmental Practice Learnership programme (FETC) (SAQA Id. No. 50309), is a 12 month course, which awards graduates with a minimum of 140 credits. The youth acquire skills needed to gain expertise in terms of the new local government competency framework for environmental occupations.
The FETC programme is amongst other things, primarily aimed at addressing the environmental sector skills shortage at local government leveland assist in strengthening the skills pipeline within the environment sector and thereby deliver on its mandate by supporting organisations in the sector.
The graduation ceremony is intended to provide an opportunity for the learners to celebrate their achievements and for stakeholders across the environmental sector (government, business, NGOs, private players and communities) to come together to celebrate and to reflect on the current status and future needs of environmental skills in the country.
The graduation ceremony was led by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in partnership with the Local Government Sector Education Training Authority (LGSETA) and six (6) municipalities in the Gauteng province: City of Johannesburg Metropolitan henceforth referred to as CoJ (Joburg City Parks and Zoo, Pikit-Up, Joburg Market), Emfuleni Local Municipality, Randfontein Local Municipality, Mogale City Local Municipality, West Rand District Municipality, and Westonaria Local Municipality.
Local government in South Africa has contributed to the achievement of a number of significant social and economic development advances, since the ushering in of the new democratic municipal dispensation in December 2000.
To date, very little environmental training is being offered to the lower levels of occupations, even though qualifications do exist (Environmental Practice level 1, 2, and 3). There is an urgent need for reskilling and up-skilling to address competency requirements of the new local government competency framework for environmental occupations.
In an effort to address the above challenge, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in partnership with the above mentioned partners, had enrolled one hundred (100) unemployed learners (school leavers) with Grade 12 in 2013/14 into the FETC.
The one hundred (100) unemployed learners have thus far completed the programme and ninety four (94) have been declared competent and were awarded the NQF Level 4 certificates of competency.
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