Do you have a passion for the renewable energy? Do you wish to work in with green projects and make a difference in this industry in the future? Then maybe a green job is for you. However, the truth is that at present there are not copious amounts of green jobs available but now the South African government is hoping to change this with their new green jobs initiative that will have many of us changing our stiff white collar for a green one.
It has been revealed that there is a considerable skills shortage in South Africa in the renewable energy industry and government hopes to change this reality by making an estimated 114 000 new green jobs available to the public in the next two years. The creation of these “green collar jobs” will hopefully encourage individuals to enter this growing industry as it expands considerably over the next three years.
Once a minority sector, the renewable energy industry could hit R70 billion in upcoming years – that means more opportunities and green related employment in the near future. Therefore the need for green jobs will increase as the industry flourishes and more vacancies become available. From these figures we can see that renewable energy is where it’s at right now.
As more South Africans turn to renewable power in order to lower the electricity costs in their homes, it is no longer unusual to see on our neighbour’s roofs or in our friend’s homes. This industry is constantly growing and there is no doubt that it will move from strength to strength in upcoming years which means more development and therefore more green jobs.
There are some green related jobs in South Africa that contain excellent opportunities where one can grow and learn within the industry. Project developers and planners will be in high demand for setting up and implementing green projects and technicians, scientists and engineers will all be able to enter the green industry and gain jobs due to their expertise.
If you wish to get a green job within the sustainable energy industry in South Africa, you will have to research and network and definitely get your hands dirty. Gaining an environmental qualification, joining networks such as the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa and the African Wind Energy Association and completing an internship are some of the things that one can do in order to get into the industry and hopefully land yourself employment.
Green jobs are on the rise in the country so act fast before you miss out.