Seeding Futures Resilience Training aims to grow real resilience in our unemployed and under-employed youth and connect them to work opportunities in the local circular economy.
Join us for a transformational learning experience that will lead to both inner and outer transition in your life and work.
Resilience Training and the local circular economy*
Seeding Futures is 15-week Accredited skills program that covers the following modules:
Module 1: Accredited Permaculture1 Training (APT) (4 weeks)
The first four weeks of the program focus on learning Permaculture design principles. The curriculum covers ecosystems, soils, water, energy and plant systems as well as the principles and practices of good design applied to a variety of contexts.
We are proud that: This module is SAQA Accredited, with participants also receiving the, internationally recognized, Permaculture Design Certificate and that participating youth have testified to the incredible value of the assessment.
Module 2: Personal Resilience (1 week)
We focus on our strengths and practice articulating these, we look at our work/life balance and we set ourselves goals. We learn about CV writing and communication skills, including dealing with conflict through Non-Violent Communication. We learn self-care practices and Leadership Skills.
We are proud that: Our program works holistically with youth and allows them to find their strengths and their voices.
Module 3: Household Resilience (3 weeks)
Household Resilience focusses on designing and retrofitting local homes to be resilient to the shocks and stresses associated with Climate Change. Students are guided through a client interview process and then work with households to design and implement systems that impact on water, energy and food resilience as well as temperature management, waste, fuel and medicine.
We are proud that: Through the program 48 Mitchells Plain homes are retrofitted, impacting on local resilience and equipping students with the hands-on skills and the realities of working with clients.
Module 4: Designing My Resilience (1 week)
We now support students to design their own resilience project. - this can be their homes, lives or a project they are working on. Students have had four design trials and now hone their new abilities to improve their own lives or projects.
We notice an increase in Community Gardens (since Covid) and are supporting the improved design of these important projects to produce more food and begin to implement their inputs on-site.
We are proud that: Students leave the course with a design and plan that will directly impact their own resilience.
Module 5: Skills for Growing (1 week)
With the upsurge in demand for locally grown food since COVID-19 and the lockdown, we have designed a module that aims to skill up good food gardeners.
We cover Production planning and crop rotation for a full year and also thoroughly equip students with the hands-on skills of Compost, Planting and also Propagation.
This module ensures our students can produce large volumes of food in an earth friendly way.
We are proud that: Our students can contribute significantly in Cape Towns food security. Program Alumni are leading the charge in the food gardens that have grown through COVID-19
Module 6: Job shadowing (4 weeks)
Through our growing database of circular economy enterprise* partners, we now place participants in relevant Job Shadows where they gain invaluable experience of the realities of running enterprises.
We prioritize Job Shadows that have employment opportunities and, in this way, have secured many graduates work. The benefits to the network are that they are taking on youth that are educated and equipped and have proven their commitment to this work.
We are proud that: This boosts the circular economy through providing 16 000 free and capacitated hours and we grow partners that have started to articulate their skills gaps so that we can grow the training we offer to strengthen these.
*Circular Economy enterprises focus on building economic, natural and social capital and aim to take waste out of the system. They have incredible potential to decouple economic activity from the consumption of finite resources and are part of our strategy towards a systemic shift that builds long-term resilience and generates economic activity that grows societal and environmental benefits.