The ASF is particularly proud of its training initiatives that have seen 140 youth, the vast majority of them being women, from local communities in the ASF’s project areas participating in one-year, fully supported nature guiding and hospitality courses. Many graduates have gone on to find employment in tourism close to the areas where they live.
The South African National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund provided a grant to the ASF to help professionalise and transform nature-guiding in South Africa. The programme addressed the lack of transformation, inadequate entry-level qualifications and education deficits that hamper young rural students’ entry into the profession. This led to the South African Government’s Quality Council for Training and Occupations prioritising nature guiding as one of the first professions to have a training framework formalised under the new system.
The ASF has designed and presented training programmes and workshops to the Concessions Unit of the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism, the SA Wildlife College and South African National Parks.
The ASF piloted a ‘best practice’ guide-training programme aimed at skilling, mentoring and supporting unemployed community members to access entry level, middle and upper management positions in lodges around the Kruger National Park.