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Training, internship & Employment Busines Skills Training Ifa Lethu, together with our strong partnership with the University of Pretoria, provides emerging entrepreneurs, crafters and trainees with entrepreneurial skills. We provide this business training to all our learners. 20 Ifa lethu annual report 2012/13 INTERNSHIPS Internships are an integral part of our training programme. On the job training gives interns a unique opportunity to gain valuable work experience, and exposure to best practices. All Ifa Lethu interns have been successfully placed in employment. Fosil Casting – a world skills shortage Our Fossil Casting Project has extended from an initial single project to an ongoing programme that provides skilled fossil casters for World Heritage sites and even self-owned businesses. In 2009 Ifa Lethu, recognising the world shortage of fossil casting skills, partnered with Professor Lee Berger at Wits University to produce casters who can take their place on the world stage. Several graduates of this programme have been placed at various universities and museums, with two further graduates now engaged in their own business – Fossils of Africa – producing fossil castings of the recently discovered Australopithecus sediba, under licence from Wits, and being sold at the World Heritage Site of the Cradle of Humankind. The programme, showcased in 2012 at the American Association of Physical Anthropology, has gone global, and has revolutionised the way fossil casting is now done. This work has featured at the World Summit for Sustainable Development in China, and casts produced have even appeared on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. It was highlighted in National Geographic Magazine and the South African Government has funded a further distribution of heritage casts to major partner museums and countries including ltaly, France, Mauritius, England, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia. Professor Berger said “The Ifa Lethu Fossil Casting programme has been so successful it now acts as the core training programme for other institutions, and has revolutionised the way in which casting of these objects is done, and allowed the wide-spread distribution of these important World Heritage objects.”


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