Anyone with a keen interest in and a willingness to learn about the NTFP industry can participate. There are no ‘special skills’ needed to enter the training course. Entrepreneurs can be made – through training and mentoring – as well as born. Although there are no pre-requisites for the course, experience in the bush and a love of working out of doors, self-discipline, patience, and a stewardship ethic towards the land are definitely positive attributes for those wishing to get involved in the industry.
There is also room for people who want to participate in the industry but not necessarily develop their own businesses. People interested in NTFP’s as a source of occasional or seasonal income will benefit from the information provided in the course on topics such as product opportunities, wilderness skills, proper harvesting methods, equipment needs, post-harvest handling, and others. The course will also introduce them to the potential for developing their own business, or becoming involved in a cooperative venture should they choose to do so at some point in the future.
Training will be delivered directly into communities and will involve 10 days of classes interspersed with field training. Class size is limited to 15 students.