Green jobs are simply those in agricultural, manufacturing, research and development, administration and service industries that contribute substantially to preserving or restoring environmental quality. This includes jobs that help to protect ecosystems and biodiversity by reducing energy, materials, and water consumption through high-efficiency strategies.
Skills for Green Jobs is an initiative between South Africa and Germany to promote alternative energy efficient solutions.
For example, VUT Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Park, in collaboration with Pegasus Consulting and Danone SA, are working on a skills for green job project to reduce the energy demands of Danone SA’s milk processing plant.
This year, the team will be giving a feedback presentation at the CSIR Convention Centre on 22 February. This platform will serve to make industry, academics, organisations and parents aware of the type of expertise and skills the students have gained thus far in this project. The staff will also give a presentation of how the project has helped them to establish a foundation to develop an energy unit in the Science Park.
Students will receive participation certificates at the event and the two best students who will be going to Germany in May for further training will be announced.