Climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions. Energy supply challenges. Low rainfall.

A growing population. Increased urbanisation. A shortage of critical technical and environmental skills.

South Africa faces numerous challenges when it comes to the supply of energy and clean water – and one of the most pressing is the shortage of the ‘right’ skills in what are two of the country’s most critical sectors. Having the right skills in place is vital to the future sustainability of these sectors and if there is any hope of South Africa realising its ‘green economy’ ambitions, that places people and the environment first, we all need to roll up our sleeves and take action.

Awareness around careers in the energy and water sectors is an important starting point. Choose one of the careers listed under Step 1 below, create a WOW poster and you could win up to R3,500 for yourself and R15,000 for your school. Competition closes Monday 17 October 2022.

Here’s a list of the careers our country needs to provide clean energy and water for all. Choose one that you want to explore.

  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Hydrologist
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Water Process Controller
  • Hydrogen Engineer
  • Drone Pilot
  • Robotics and Automation Technician

Create a poster about your career path. You can make your poster by hand or with a free online design tool like Canva.

Your poster should answer the following key questions:

  1. What is this job all about?
  2. Why is this job so important? (In what ways will it help help address energy and water sector challenges?)
  3. What skills do you need to do this job?
  4. What qualifications do you need to get this job?

Click here to see the rubric that will be used to judge your poster.

The more research you put into your poster, the better your chances of winning a prize. Here are some resources to get you started.

Info about green jobs and the green economy:

Specific career information:

Tip: don’t forget to reference your sources.

to upload your poster with our Google Form.

Good luck!