Given the challenges being faced and the changing needs of conservation organizations and the greater conservation community, the College – in partnership with various stakeholders - develops training courses to meet these needs.
Examples of these programmes include:
As a continuation of the role the SAWC is playing in the development of skills and competence as a whole in the SADC sub-region, it has developed programmes focusing on strengthening existing and emerging enterprises within the trans-frontier conservation areas (TFCAs) in the SADC sub-region.
This allows for greater participation of local communities in the tourism value chain, thereby, finding alternative livelihoods other than a total reliance on agriculture and the natural resources around them.
If parks are set up responsibly they can be a generator of jobs, income and overall economic livelihoods. For example, people living in and around the parks can get involved in park creation and maintenance as well as other small business servicing the tourism industry.
As such, one of the skills programmes offered by the SAWC is aimed at start-up businesses or existing small business owners and entrepreneurs who require the knowledge and skills to set up or grow their current businesses, employ capable people and run a sustainable and profitable business.
Students who qualify against this programme will be able to:
The first Community Ranger's training course offered was aimed at equipping young people from communities bordering the western boundary of Kruger National Park and surrounding nature reserves with the skills and knowledge of conservation guardianship.
This will help pave the way for young people by providing them with opportunities/chances of future employment by local communities as game scouts or in conservation organizations.
The call for the establishment of the College’s K-9 Unit was primarily due to the successes that dogs and their trackers were experiencing in the anti poaching field and will support conservation organisations involved in and requiring canine capabilities.