Cannabis and hemp have emerged as promising sectors in the fast-evolving world of entrepreneurship, offering lucrative business opportunities. Recognizing the enormous potential of these industries, Cheeba Cannabis Training, Africa’s leading cannabis and hemp educator, has partnered with Training Force to provide entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in this burgeoning field.
Cheeba Cannabis Training and Training Force’s collaboration is set to revolutionize the African cannabis and hemp industry by expanding training opportunities and encouraging entrepreneurship. Learners will have access to a network of over 45 Training Force sites across the continent, in addition to Cheeba’s seven official cannabis and hemp training centers, as a result of this collaboration.
This collaborative effort aims to provide high-quality training programs that educate people about the practicalities, benefits, uses, and regulations surrounding cannabis and hemp, while also creating job opportunities.
In recent years, the global cannabis market has experienced unprecedented growth, and South Africa is no exception. Polaris Market Research estimates that the global industrial hemp market will be worth $4.26 billion in 2021 and will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 16.9% by 2030. And, with approximately 200 million hectares of uncultivated land, Africa is poised to become a leader in hemp cultivation and processing.
The cannabis industry holds great promise for economic growth in South Africa.
Cannabis legalization for personal and private use has paved the way for a thriving market. Entrepreneurs are cashing in on the growing consumer demand for cannabis products, which range from medicinal applications to lifestyle and wellness offerings. To ensure responsible and sustainable growth, this sector requires well-trained professionals and entrepreneurs.
“Establishing a robust regulatory system is of utmost importance,” said Mayanda Bam, a renowned consultant from BCubed Consulting Friends of Hemp and an ardent activist for cannabis reform, during the partnership celebration event held at the Cheeba Cannabis Training Centre in Midrand, Gauteng.
His inspiring talk shed light on the pressing need for regulatory reform and the establishment of a commercial framework that ensures the responsible and safe cultivation, distribution, and consumption of cannabis.
Daniel Orelowitz, managing director of Training Force, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration, recognizing its importance in propelling the African hemp industry forward. He stated :
“We aim 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.”
Linda Siboto, co-founder of Cheeba Cannabis Training, emphasized the significance of this collaboration in broadening their reach and providing access to hemp education across the continent.
“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,” he said.
As part of their commitment to delivering industry-aligned training, the partnership will initially offer SETA-aligned NQF Level 2 and 4 programmes covering topics such as “How to start a hemp business,” “Hemp cultivation and processing,” and Africa’s first accredited hempcrete building course in partnership with Afrimathemp.
These programs, which are accredited by the SA Council for Architectural Profession and the Engineering Council of SA, will provide learners with the skills they need to succeed in their entrepreneurial endeavors.
Cheeba Cannabis Training and Training Force’s collaboration comes at a critical juncture in Africa’s cannabis and hemp industry. The stage is set for a progressive and thriving future as entrepreneurs and policymakers collaborate to establish a strong regulatory framework. Individuals will be equipped with the skills and knowledge required to navigate the evolving landscape of the cannabis and hemp sectors through quality education and training.
As the global demand for cannabis and hemp products grows, South Africa is positioning itself as a key player in this burgeoning market. Cheeba Cannabis Training and Training Force’s collaboration is said to align with the country’s vision for economic development and entrepreneurship, opening up new avenues for job creation and stimulating small and medium-sized businesses.