Cheeba Cannabis Training, the leading Cannabis and hemp educator in Africa, has partnered with Training Force, a top training provider focused on delivering job-specific skills assessments and training, to expand hemp training opportunities across the continent. This collaboration will provide learners with access to over 45 Training Force sites throughout the country and the seven official Cheeba Cannabis & Hemp Training Centres.
Through this partnership, Cheeba Cannabis Training and Training Force aim to advance the industry by offering high-quality training programs that educate individuals on the uses, practicalities, benefits, and regulations surrounding hemp and Cannabis.
Daniel Orelowitz, Managing Director of Training Force, added, “This ground-breaking partnership with Cheeba Cannabis Training represents a significant step forward for the hemp industry in Africa, and we are honoured to be part of it. Through this collaboration, we hope to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in this exciting and rapidly growing industry which will play a significant role in job creation.”
This partnership comes in response to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation address in which he recognised the untapped potential of the Cannabis and hemp industry. The industry is valued at over R1.8 trillion in global sales and presents job creation opportunities estimated to be as high as 130,000 new jobs in South Africa.
Hemp is a versatile crop with numerous applications, including food, fuel, and fibre, and contains cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound with a range of health benefits. Despite the prospects, the industry is still in its early stages, particularly in Africa, where knowledge and training opportunities are limited.
The industry is a burgeoning one and according to Polaris Market Research, the global industrial hemp market size was valued at USD 4.26 billion in 2021 and is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 16.9% by 2030. Africa, with approximately 200 million hectares of uncultivated land, is poised to become a leading player in hemp cultivation and processing.
“The collaboration with Training Force will allow us to broaden our reach and provide access to hemp education for individuals across the continent to support job creation and SMME development. We look forward to leveraging Training Force’s vast network of training sites and infrastructure to achieve this,” said Linda Siboto, co-founder of Cheeba Cannabis Training.
Cheeba Cannabis Training and Training Force are committed to advancing hemp education and training in Africa and promoting the benefits of this versatile crop. As interest in Cannabis and hemp continues to grow, this partnership will be at the forefront of providing the tools and knowledge needed to succeed in this dynamic and evolving industry.
The initial programs will deliver SETA-aligned NQF Level 2 and 4 programs covering “How to Start a Hemp Business,” “Hemp Cultivation and Processing,” and Africa’s first accredited Hempcrete Building course in partnership with Afrimathemp, accredited by the SA Council for Architectural Profession and the Engineering Council of SA, with more programs to follow.
List of Cheeba Cannabis & Hemp Training Centres
- Ignited Unlimited – Paarl (Western Cape)
- DankiPa Eco-Estate – Plettenberg Bay (Western Cape)
- Vital Veggie – Midrand (Gauteng)
- Vital Veggie – De Aar (Northern Cape)
- Nongos Joint – Zeerust (Northwest)
- Eastern Cape Cannabis & Hemp Training Centre – Powered by Cheeba Cannabis Training / Hlomla Multi Services – King Williams Town (Eastern Cape)
- Invegrow / Genscore Africa – Malawi
About Cheeba Cannabis Training
Cheeba Cannabis Training (B BBEE Level 2) is part of the Cheeba Africa group which also owns and operates Cheeba Cannabis Academy. The organisation has been at the forefront of the Cannabis and Hemp industry providing world-class education and training opportunities to the African market. They are Services Seta and AgrSETA accredited and deliver online self-study, blended learning courses, contact courses and deliver full time programmes at their flagship campus in Rivonia Johannesburg.
About Training Force
Training Force (B BBEE Level 1) is a registered training provider focused on delivering industry and job-specific skills assessments and training interventions to businesses and their employees across a variety of industries. Since their establishment in 2003, they have provided over 3 000 companies with training interventions and upskilled over 55 000 workers through their branches across South Africa.
By delivering practical training solutions, they help businesses secure a more productive workforce. All their learnerships are aligned with SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority), the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and accredited with SETA Quality Assurance departments.