Connect took a short-left to the Western Cape to witness young South African business men and women who are passionate about changing our country through innovation and job creation.
Now, it’s no secret that many emerging businesses fail within their first two years of operation. Seeing this, power utility, Eskom started the National Contractor Academy in a bid to assist young, up and coming entrepreneurs to avoid common business pit-falls.
The Eskom contractor academy graduate programme, which has an intake of 150 students across the country, awarded the group of 18 Cape Town Contractor Academy graduates with their certificates of completion this past weekend.
The academy is aimed at assisting, developing and equipping emerging contractors and suppliers with financial, legislative, management, leadership, entrepreneurial and technical skills to successfully manage and grow sustainable businesses.
The actual programme runs over an eight-month period, and students attended a one-week study school once a month. The curriculum was developed using a holistic management and regulatory perspective and focuses on the management of the student’s business finances, people, projects, tendering processes, supply chain and how to effectively manage a safe working environment.
The individual modules need to comply with the relevant Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs).
The modules presented are:
– Business sustainability and finance
– Safety, health, enviroment risk and quality (SHERQ)
– Project management
– People management
– Supply chain management
– New engineering contract
– AIDS in the workplace
– Safety workshop
Once the students have completed the eight-month programme, they are awarded a certificate of completion from the University of Limpopo.
The programme also aims to address common problems experienced by emerging contractors and suppilers, such as, tendering and management of projects, understanding how to engineer contracts and busniness plan/proposals etc. The beneficiaries of the programme are strictly contractors and suppliers who are identified and selected in the various provinces. Natrurally the Contract Academy is in high demand but it only accomodates 150 students per year.
The beauty about the programme is that Eskom covers all costs involved. This includes costs for the venue, accomodation, meals, travelling expenses and facilitation and study materials.
Before applying for the programme, you would need to make sure that your
– Business has been operational for at least 24 months
– Be in posession of a valid South African ID
– Have proof of registration of business
– Be an owner or executive in the organisation
– Be computer literate
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