We chat to the CEO of the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), Hlonela Lupuwana, regarding the skills development programme it has embarked on
Around 200 unemployed young people who have a tertiary qualification will get a chance to work as trainers of micro-enterprises in the Basic Entrepreneurial Skills Development Programme. This initiative to train emerging entrepreneurs in SA will be a joint venture between Seda, the Department of Higher Education and Training’s National Skills Fund (NSF) and the German government.
We had a chat with Hlonela Lupuwana, the CEO of Seda, regarding this initiative.
How can young people take part in the Basic Entrepreneurship Skills Development Programme and what are the requirements?
Applicants will need to have a three-year tertiary qualification or an N6 certificate from a FET college to be considered for training as Entrepreneurial Development Practitioners (EDPs). The EDPs will select the 10 emerging entrepreneurs they will be coaching from their communities. These will be people running small enterprises that are in the informal sector who are either not registered, do not have bank accounts and have no business management training.
Young people will be recruited and trained for seven months in different selected implementation sites. Where will these sites be?
There will be sites in all provinces. The exact locations are not yet to be finalised.
What are the benefits of such a programme for the individuals, as well as the economy?
The EDPs get an opportunity to learn a new skill of coaching and improve their employability. The 2 000 emerging entrepreneurs to be trained will learn the skills for running successful, sustainable and growing small businesses – making them contributing members of the economy and potential job creators.
Can you please provide contact details for our readers if they are interested in taking part?
Contact details will be provided during the course of the month when an official call for applications is made through media advertisements.