On 21 April 2016 the GreenSkills coordinators reported back to its partners in SETAs, government departments and environmental organisations at a full-day meeting in Johannesburg. In a jam-packed morning session researchers from Wits, Rhodes, UCT gave updates on current and recently completed projects, and Ansa Liebenberg from MERSETA shared the news of a brand new
From the minute one leaves Changi airport one appreciates Singapore's reputation as a sophisticated metropolis. It is a buzzing city and it hosted the 9th Researching Work and Learning (RWL) Conference on 9-12 December 2015. The RWL conference is the leading international research conference in the field of work and learning. Established in 1999, the conference
Routledge recently published Critical Realism, Environmental Learning and Social Ecological Change, edited by Dr Leigh Price and Prof Heila Lotz-Sisitka. This book introduces a decade of mainly southern African critical realist environmental education research and thinking on the question: "How can we facilitate learning processes that will lead to the flourishing of the Earth's people
The deadline for comments on the Proposal for the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) and the SETA Landscape (NSLP 2015) has been extended to 29 February 2016. The gazetted proposal involves changes to the role and function of SETAs, and the skills levy distribution model. It recommends that the current sector specific skills funding model be changed
What are the skills needed to green the paper and paperboard packaging sector? Green skills researcher Nicola Jenkin recently produced a discussion paper on this question as part of a research partnership between the Fibre Packaging and Manufacturing SETA and Wits REAL, the Centre for Researching Education and Labour at the University of the Witwatersrand. Based
“The single most successful Public Private Partnership on the African continent for the past 20 years”. This has been the national and international acclaim for South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPP), which has already yielded billions of dollars of direct investment and generated more than 5 GW of energy. An integral
Are you planning or doing a green skills study? Why not share your projects and plans with a wider community? Read here about some of the studies that experienced and emerging young researchers are planning for 2016. Some are academic studies, and others inform Sector Skills Plans. We think they are all interesting!
Rhodes University Professor Heila Lotz-Sisitka has been awarded a prestigious Tier 1 SARChI Chair under the National Research Foundation’s South African Research Chair Initiative. This research chair will focus on learning pathways for green skills and transformative social learning more broadly. Announced in August 2015, the Chair is aligned with the Department of Science and
In the wake of ‘fees must fall’ protests on campuses around the country, SAFM’s Enviro Show host Nancy Richards spoke to us about access for young people to green skills and green jobs. Follow this link to hear Dr Najma Mohamed of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Prof Heila Lotz-Sisitka of Rhodes University
A lot has been written on the mismatch between the supply of skills and demand for skills – skills in this case being people with environmental qualifications and experience. It is clear that this is not a simple matter - for while employers lament a lack of suitably skilled people, graduates say they can’t find work.