Learning to make the world a better place!
USAID Bursaries 2013
USAID, as part of the 'Stepping up to Sustainability' programme with WESSA, is funding 135 people to attend the Environmental Educators short course. Click on the image below to find out more and apply.
WESSA SustainEd offers a range of occupationally-directed (which is just a fancy word for workplace-based) accredited courses in the environmental field. We believe that good education and training in a supportive work environment can contribute a lot to solving some of the world's problems. We are accredited under the ETDP SETA and also have extended our scope to include courses acccredited under the LGSETA (Environmental Practices courses for municipalities and industry), CATHSSETA (a nature site guiding skills programme) and AgriSETA (a short course on organic farming). You can access SDL (Skills Development Levy) funding to pay for our courses - contact us to find out more if you're not sure how to do this.
Do you want to develop new skills and knowledge to help make this world a better place? Are you outraged at the way humanity is treating the Earth? Do you care about things like social justice and economic fairness as much as you care about our beautiful planet?
Perhaps you are already working towards changing our world or maybe you've just left school and want to get into an environmental career. Possibly you work for a company or organisation that wants to find better ways to do things. Maybe your'e self-employed and working in your community to make things better.
What do we mean by better? We mean more intelligent, we mean exploring ways to run a business, organisation or community initiative in ways that make the Earth a better place, not just for your share-holders or constituents but for all people and living beings. We mean keeping up with where society is going - towards a free, open Earth-society where we are all able to express ourselves and live our lives with creativity and innovation and connectedness to the people and world around us. Where we put aside our differences in race, culture and religious beliefs and embrace our humanity. A society that no longer tolerates the huge inequalities between rich and poor, whether at the level of individuals or nations.
So, you are probably already doing a whole lot towards achieving this vision of a better world. You already have a whole bunch of amazing insights into what needs to be done to get there. And you're doing what you can in your own life, your extended community and perhaps in your organisation or company to move in this direction.
So then, what does WESSA SustainEd offer you?
We have courses that can, perhaps, help deepen and strengthen your thinking and actions in working towards this better world. If you are involved in work that is 'educational' in essence - in other words you are working with and supporting others (communities, individuals, children, adults, employees in a company, municipality or government department, civil society organisation or whatever context you find yourself in...) towards better ways of doing things - then we have a course that we think might be of interest to you. It has a rather mouthful of a name - it is called the EETDP (Environmental Education, Training and Development Practices).
Then, we also have a whole lot of courses that are aimed more at specific practices in various settings. These range from courses on organic farming and permaculture to courses for workers and managers in municipalities and industry on things like finding better ways to deal with waste, to manage waste water treatment works and the natural areas in and around our towns and cities. We have courses aimed at specific industries such as our environmental module for forestry supervisors course.
Click on the 'Our Courses' tab on the main menu to find out more. (Note: We are continuously learning about developing this site so some information may not yet be up - it is a work in progress). In the mean time, please contact us if you have any enquiries about our courses)
WESSA prides itself in being a leader in the field of occupationally-directed education and training. In other words – our courses are tailored to meet the context and operating environment of the workplace. Our accredited courses are only developed after a rigorous research and needs analysis where we go into the work environment and interview future learners and their managers to gain an insight into how the training can lead to meaningful change and environmental improvements.
WESSA draws on a rich history of engagement in the field of environmental education and is a recognised international leader in this field. Although most of our courses are based in South Africa, we do run a range of international training programmes in the field of education for sustainable development (ESD) in association with partners (including a number of universities) in South Africa, Sweden, India, China and throughout the SADC Region.
Do register on this website if you'd like to recieve notifications of new courses that we develop, opportunities such as bursaries or if you envision developing some form of collaboration or relationship with WESSA SustainEd.
31 Jan 2013 Environmental Educators Course
A highly successful WESSA/USAID Environmental Educators course was held at Umgeni Valley from 14th - 18th January 2013.Read more...
12 Dec 2012 - SustainEd Video Crash Course
On Friday the 7th of December the SustainEd team were met by the talented Luke Pallett; who had agreed to teach a one day crash course in shooting video on HD DSLR cameras.Read more...
11 Dec 2012 - CPUT Train the Trainer Workshop
WESSA SustainEd offered LGSETA the funded 5 day 'Train the Trainer' Environmental Practice Materials Workshop for LGSETA providers.Read more...
10 Dec 2012 - LGSETA Conduct Outcomes-based Assessment Course latest updates
It is with great pleasure to inform you that the ETDPSETA Representative/Verifier endorsed our Conduct Outcomes-based Assessment results on Friday, 7 December 2012.Read more...
5 Dec 2012 - Stepping Up to Sustainability bursaries for EETDP
After a very successful EETDP during 2012, USAID, through the 'Stepping Up to Sustainability' project, has agreed to offer 15 bursaries for the EETDP in 2013.
4 Dec 2012 - Working for Water Needs Analysis Research near completion
One of the very interesting projects housed under SustainEd is the 'Working for Water Needs Analysis'. A study born from a partnership between the Department of Environmental Affairs and WESSA; this Needs Analysis is aimed at assessing the current training matrix for South Africa's longest running expanded public works programme: Working for Water.Read more...
3 Dec 2012 QMS support for WESSA employees and associates
WESSA has been an accredited training provider with ETDP as its primary SETA for the last seven years. As part of its accreditation requirements, WESSA has had to develop a rigorous quality management system (QMS) in line with ETDP Education and Training Quality Assurance criteria for accredited training.Read more...
3 Dec 2012 - Msunduzi Municipality Enviro Practices Module 8 ( 27 – 28 Nov 2012)
Msunduzi Municipality Enviro Practices Level 2. The elective module 8 (Monitoring Water Quality) was run by Sabine of WESSA SustainEd (Course facilitator) in Pietermaritzburg on the 27 & 28 November as the final Enviro Practices module with participants from Msunduzi Municipality.Read more...
3 Dec 2012 - ETDP SETA Programme approval for Moderators course
The Education Training and Development Practices (ETDP) Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) has evaluated and authorised programme approval for WESSA's new level 5 accredited course: Conduct moderation of outcomes-based assessments (Unit standard ID 115759).Read more...
22 Nov 2012 Environmental Practices Pilot Evaluation is Online!
Learners from municipalities in five regions around South Africa are in the process of completing their final coursework modules on the LGSETA Environmental Practices Level 2 & 5 skills development programmes. The Environmental Practices Pilot project is part of WESSA's Institute for Sectoral and Occupational Excellence (ISOE) initiative with the LGSETA and forms part of the broader movement toward building South Africa's capacity toward green skills, for a greener economy.