College is hub for entrepreneurship

2016-11-29 06:00

A rapid incubator and centre for entrepreneurship was officially launched at False Bay Technical Vocational and Training (TVET) College’s Westlake campus last Wednesday.

The rapid incubator and centre will contribute towards the growth of the manufacturing sector, metal fabrication and furniture making, with the aim to inspire a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among college graduates.

Deputy minister of small business development, Elizabeth Thabethe, said at the launch the high unemployment in the country, especially among the youth, painted a grim picture.

“The private sector must join hands with government to curb the further escalation of this trend. This initiative is an example of how we could do it,” said Thabethe.

False Bay TVET College is one of nine colleges around the country where this programme will be piloted. The objective of the programme is to provide TVET graduates with tools and techniques to create their own small businesses.

The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) has been tasked with the implementation of the rapid incubators and centres for entrepreneurship at TVET colleges. Seda CEO Mandisa Tshikwatamba said at the launch her organisation had a responsibility to make sure that entrepreneurship was inculcated in places of learning.

“This is an opportunity to extend our incubation programme to go further and link it with institutions that are focused on technical skills and vocational training. This is where young people are and it is where we are more likely to equip them with entrepreneurship skills,” Tshikwatamba said.

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