Programme Overview: Our sought-after and well-recognised Youth Access Bridging Course aims to equip youth with leadership, environmental and entrepreneurial skills. The programme offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to cultivate the next generation of environmental leaders and includes:

  • English Communication Literacy
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • Introduction to Environmental Education and Conservation Leadership
  • Responsible Resource Use
  • Eco-Ranger Training

Application Deadline: 16:00, Monday, 10 June 2024

Application Submission: Submit your completed application form to

Applications can be submitted via email or delivered by hand to the Southern African Wildlife College’s Main Gate.

Eligibility Requirements:

It is important to note that we are looking for keen candidates who are enthusiastic, who show commitment and who want to learn more. Applicants must be interested in following a career within the conservation and environmental sector and must meet the following criteria if they want to apply:

Educational Qualifications: Matric Certificate or equivalent, with a minimum average pass rate of 60%, including English Communication and Mathematical Literacy. (Candidates without Mathematical Literacy will not be considered.)

Technical Proficiency: Computer literacy with internet access.

Language Proficiency: Fluency in written and spoken English is mandatory. Physical Requirements: Physically fit and capable of walking a minimum of 10km. Age Criteria: Applicants must be between 18 and 26 years old.

Employment Status: As this is a school-leaver programme, only applicants who have not previously been permanently employed will be considered.

Legal Status: South African citizens with no criminal record.

Preferred Applicants:

Your application will be given favourable consideration if you:

  • Are classified as a Previously Disadvantaged Individual (PDI).
  • Have secured your own funding for all or part of the programme.
  • Have not previously received any bursaries from the Southern African Wildlife College.

Selection Process:

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview to assess their motivation and attitude towards the course. Only applicants meeting all stated criteria and providing a personal email address will proceed to the next stage.

Funding will be sought to help historically disadvantaged students. Bursaries will be awarded, with selected bursaries being set aside for deserving local community school leavers as well as registered land claimants. Bursaries will cover course fees, accommodation, and meals. Contractual penalties will apply should bursary candidates not complete the course.

Next Stage: Successful candidates will participate in an online application assessment on 13 June 2024 at 10:00, lasting one hour.

Contact Information: For all inquiries and to submit your applications, please email:

We look forward to receiving your application. To be selected it is important to demonstrate why you are interested in and suited to a career within the conservation and environmental sector or how you would see your participation in this course benefit you and your community.