The Green Fund, through its capacity development programme, is funding a number of initiatives which seek to support the development of the human capacity (skills, infrastructure, products) to support South Africa’s transition to a green economy. Thus far, eight innovative and catalytic initiatives, which are being implemented with strategic partners, have been approved. Several of these provide training opportunities – some of the key programmes include:

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Green Jobs Training Programme for South Africa

The Green Fund, in partnership with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC-ILO) is implementing a two-year training programme (2014-15) which seeks to promote green jobs and decent work in the transition to a greener economy in South Africa. The key objective of the training programme is to provide participants with the knowledge and tools to assess green jobs potentialities, devise appropriate policies and strategies, discuss investments and technology options, implement strategies, and monitor and evaluate progress towards job creation in the green economy. The training programme consists of a multi-step transformational learning process that combines 4 courses as well as self-guided distance learning modalities and tutor-based knowledge sharing via an on-line community of practice on green jobs. Click here to download the flyer of this training programme. Details of the courses are provided on the right.

Green Economy Post-Doctoral Programme

The Green Fund, in partnership with the National Research Foundation has invited applications for Green Economy Postdoctoral Fellowships to undertake postdoctoral research at South African public institutions to support the development of institutional capacity building on the green economy. It is envisaged that these fellowships would stimulate research, teaching and learning on the green economy. In addition, this intervention is expected to play a key role in developing a new cohort of emerging researchers who can initiate teaching and learning on the green economy in South Africa, and create the institutional capacity to entrench green economy knowledge areas in the South African research agenda. The call was opened in March 2015, for more details visit the NRF web site at

Climate Innovation Hub, Climate Innovation Centre, The Innovation Hub

The main objective of the Climate Innovation Centre is to support innovators, entrepreneurs and SMMEs actively involved in the development of cutting edge green technologies through providing finance, facilities and office space, business and technical advice, policy advice, and access to relevant networks. Funding support will augment the Centre’s grant funds to increase the volume of projects to be funded and support the green learnership programme it is currently running. The CIC was established by The Innovation Hub in collaboration with the World Bank’s InfoDev Climate Technology Programme, with a view to contribute towards the transitioning of South Africa to a low carbon economy, to create green jobs and to prepare a new industrial development trajectory of sustainable low-carbon economic growth. The CIC provides a platform to create international business-to-business linkages, enhance knowledge sharing, facilitate trade, and contribute towards national green growth objectives. Visit the CIC web site for more information.

Sophiatown Green Incubator

Based at the Trevor Huddlestone Memorial Centre, Sophiatown, the green incubator aims to equip youth with relevant entrepreneurial skills and business knowledge in the green economy space that will give them an alternative option for creating sustainable businesses and employment to alleviate unemployment and reduce dependency on government. It will provide business acceleration, mentoring and coaching for entrepreneurs with a commitment to sustainability. For more information, visit the project web site at

National Labour and Economic Development Institute (NALEDI) – Building Climate Change Capacity for Labour Programme

The purpose of this programme is to take forward the work undertaken by NALEDI on climate change and labour to develop sector specific climate change and labour policies and build the labour movement’s capacity to respond to climate change policy and implementation processes in South Africa. Provincial Workshops will be scheduled as a part of the project where feedback and training of affiliate members on this topic will be conducted. This will be followed by a National Seminar which will conclude the project.

Some material of the Gauteng Provincial Workshop is included below:


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Course 1: Green Jobs for Sustainable Development: Concepts and Practices – 24-28 November 2014

This course targeted representatives from national government involved in green economy policy formulation and will support the development of a conceptual and strategic framework for the promotion of green jobs at the national level, by focusing on the social and employment dimensions of the green economy. Find the course flyer here.

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Course 2: Green Jobs for Sustainable Development: Concepts and Practices – 9-13 March 2015.

This course targets stakeholders from the public and private sectors in the nine provinces. While focusing on building a conceptual and strategic framework for the promotion of green jobs, this course also delves deeper into the development of responsive green jobs policies and strategies at the provincial level. Find the course flyer here.

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Course 3: Green Jobs in the Waste Sector – 29 June – 3 July 2015

The waste sector has been positioned as one of the driving sectors in South Africa’s transition to a green economy. The course introduces the concept of green jobs to key stakeholders in the sector and supports the development of green jobs policies and strategies in the waste sector. It has been conceived as a means to stimulate dialogue and bridge existing gaps between public and private stakeholders, thereby contributing to the implementation of a more efficient approach to waste management in South Africa.  Find the course flyer here.

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Course 4: Green Jobs in the Natural Resources Sector: Employment and Skills Needs in a Green Economy – 7-11 September 2015

Jobs in natural resource management, which include biodiversity conservation and ecosystem management as well as soil and land management, hold the highest potential for the creation of green jobs in South Africa. The course introduces the concept of green jobs to key stakeholders in the sector and supports the development of green jobs policies and strategies within the natural resources sector. Find the course flyer here.