Deputy Minister of Small Business Development, Mrs Nomathemba November officially launched the Rapid Youth Incubator Centre on 15 September 2017 at Motheo TVET College, Bloemfontein.
The Rapid Incubator is an initiative of the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) in partnership with the Department of Higher Education and Training, Department of Small Business Development and Department of Trade and Industry.
Motheo TVET College Principal Mrs Dipiloane Phutsisi said through this vocational training we are now imparting skills that these students can immediately utilize after graduating.
Students will be assisted in industries such as clothing production, jewellery manufacturing and design, fashion design and welding. The Rapid Incubator offers both office space for meetings and a workshop area for manufacturing.
During her keynote address Deputy Minister November said “Government is working hard to ensure that our young people get opportunities to start their careers. We are aware of the high unemployment rate especially among our youth, so the partnership seeks to deal with unemployment, as well as poverty and inequality in the economy”.
“We want students to be self-sustainable and to become true entrepreneurs,” said Deputy Minister November. So far the programme has helped create 30 youth owned businesses run by TVET College graduates, who have also created over 193 jobs. SEDA will help students with business ideas and assist them with all they will need to start their own businesses.