With a high unemployment rate in South Africa, particularly among the youth, and the continued decline in formal employment, the need to nurture entrepreneurs remains a priority. Junior Achievement South Africa (Jasa) in partnership with Old Mutual is calling all budding entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35, in the Fish Hoek area, to participate in the 2019 Jasa Youth Enterprise Development Programme. This is an opportunity for young entrepreneurs to learn practical business skills while growing their business, and gain a Seta-accredited level 4 certificate.Lester Philander from Pelican Park, who has been through the programme, believes this is a programme not to be missed.“The Junior Achievement helped me a lot. It gave me direction. This programme is good for budding entrepreneurs because what they teach is easy to understand. They break it down for you so well that you understand it easily,” he says.Philander is the only Jasa applicant who went on the write the international Cambridge exam, and after matriculating, he furthered his studies and is an Honours graduate in Small Business Enterprising.In 2014 Philander was named one of the top young black entrepreneurs in the country when he was selected to join the SAB Kickstart Programme. He has written a book, titled What to Expect When Going Self-employed. In addition, more than 10 years later, the small business which he started during the JA programme, Essential Candles, is still running strong and is a supplier to several restaurant franchises in South Africa.“Essential Candles was the start. The programme taught me how to manufacture candles. The business is doing well and I have gone on to open other businesses that are successful all thanks to the knowledge I got from Junior Achievement,” he says.If you live in the Fish Hoek area and are a budding entrepreneur aged between 18 and 35, take your business to the next level and apply for the 20-week incubator-style programme, which will explore business theory, market research, financial and business management, and sales and The programme is suitable for entrepreneurs who have already started a business, but need to gain additional business skills to develop their venture further. Individuals with a business idea who do not know where to start can also apply. A Grade 10 or higher qualification, as well as being able to read and write in English, is a Applications opened on Sunday 18 November and shortlisted candidates will be requested to complete an exercise in December. The programme will kick off in early 2019 at Ikamva Youth Centre, 1523 Mothapeng Road, Masiphumelele, Fish Hoek. There is no cost but successful applicants will need to commit to completing the entire course.Graduates will receive an NQF level 4 Services Seta-accredited Youth Enterprise Development certificate and an opportunity to participate in a six-month mentorship programme.Nationally, Old Mutual will be sponsoring four JA South Africa Youth Enterprise programmes in 2019, in recognition of the vital importance of equipping young people with the primary skills needed to develop ideas into sustainable businesses.“Developing an entrepreneurship culture and empowering South Africa’s youth is pivotal in helping young people towards economic and financial independence,” says Nelly Mofokeng, managing director at JA South Africa. V To apply, contact branch assistant, Lungile Simakade, on 079 885 4314 or email@example.com.