In a bid to empower the youth and foster a spirit of entrepreneurship the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) hosted a free entrepreneurship skills training programme on June 14 in Arena Park, Chatsworth.
The MANCOSA Youth Entrepreneurship Skills Training Programme had seen youth from diverse cultures with an interest in business converge at the Aryan Benevolent Home to gain the relevant knowledge on how to go about setting up business or improving existing businesses. The skills programme was a MANCOSA advocacy initiative aimed at taking skills training into the community to empower the youth between the ages of 18-30 years old.
The day’s programme included an opening address by established entrepreneur, Mr Sam Reddy, a franchise owner of the Dale Carnegie Training Academy in KwaZulu-Natal who presented a motivational talk to inspire youth to be proactive in realising their entrepreneurial goals in life.
MANCOSA’s academics, Dr Anthony Rippon, Mr Indrasen Moodley, Mr Stebby Mutobola and Ms Razia Khan were the facilitators for the day whose presentations instilled in participants valuable knowledge on what it means to be an entrepreneur; how to evaluate business ideas; drawing up business ideas and the existing financial support structures for SMMEs (Small Medium and Micro Enterprises) in South Africa.
Topics covered during the day’s programme were: Introduction to Entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurship for the Youth; Interview with an Entrepreneur; Entrepreneurship Support and an interactive group discussion.
Youth who attended the MANCOSA Youth Entrepreneurship Skills Training Programme found the initiative to be enlightening, informative and left with the confidence to implement the business ideas they have in mind. Participants who have already started their business ventures indicated the skills programme provided them with the necessary knowledge to restructure and improve their current businesses.