Leveraging 4IR for VET in South Africa

Scaling up entrepreneurial (self-employment) capabilities:

Digging deeper sessions
  1. Host(s) Akosua Koranteng (Allan Gray Foundation), Steve Grey (Makerspace Durban) and Jade Gouveia (EWC apprentice)
  2. Participants: 17 including participation by 10 apprentices, TVET College representatives, civil society organisations, foundations and industry representatives
  3. Challenges highlighted:
    • Several opportunities in the community emerging for service delivery linked to green skills - but not sufficient skills to take up opportunities
    • The challenges of finding employment
    • The stringent legislation and other paper work required for accreditation before self-employment is recognised
    • Finding and creating niche business opportunities linked to new technologies  
  4. Potential Solutions:
    • Find incubators to conduct action research linked to solution seeking to address community problems – prototypes
    • Create a network of youth with skills, connecting them to other youth in self-employment, facilitate peer learning, peer motivation, create a new model (community led) focused on A21 Youth Empowerment Network
    • Access information and resources available for creative young people, allowing for experimentation
    • Develop solutions further using insights gained from exposure in the DSPP
    • Grow confidence and take ownership of future (essential skills) – inspire thinking “out the box”
    • Use skills, networks exposed to during any events attended
  5. Possible next Steps:
    • Jade Gouveia (EWC) and Vusi Mofokeng (EEC) – dissemination of idea, motivating youth to participate, develop a programme of action
    • Akousa Korateng (Allan Gray Foundation) – Share experience, networks and ideas, provide input, capital?
    • Zandga Mabusa (Deviare) – Provide networks, legislative guides, data, capital?
    • Oliver Petzold (Umfolozi College) – Training, share experience in searching for new paths, incubators
    • Steve Gray (Makerspace) - share experience in searching for new pathways and networks
    • Julia Taylor (Harambee) – share experiences and networks with 2 Harambee projects on self-employment
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