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Entrepreneurship for Contractors Development Programme open for applications

Run by the Master Builders' Association Western Cape (MBAWC) in partnership with the University of the Western Cape Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI), the Entrepreneurship for Contractors Development Programme is open for applications. This year's programme kicks off on 21 May and runs for six months.
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Its main aim is to equip business owners in the built environment with the necessary tools and skills to manage and grow their enterprises.

“As the industry has changed, so have the needs of our members and the community at large. For this reason, we created a solutions-driven programme to assist emerging contractors who are already trying their best to generate an income and ultimately contribute to the economy,” says Letitia van Rensburg, training officer for MBAWC.

Fully funded programme

The entrepreneurship programme is fully funded by the MBA Development Trust and is offered free of charge to participants. The programme equips entrepreneurs with the expertise they need to manage their business’s profitability as well as to ensure that they conduct their businesses in a compliant and ethical manner. This includes compliance with the Building Industry Bargaining Council (BIBC), which is one of the requirements for operating in the built environment in the Western Cape.

The CEI invites emerging contractors who are eager to develop and refine their enterprises in the following areas to consider the programme:

  • Human resources and legalities, which assists with managing human capital inside the enterprise,
  • Occupational health and safety,
  • Contractual and legal requirements, which outlines the compliance requirements of the BIBC,
  • Pricing and claims, which aids with competitive advantage, and
  • Project management techniques.

To apply for the Entrepreneurship for Contractors Development Programme, email the CEI on or apply here. Applications close on 22 April.

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