While engaging with young people on critical health and lifestyle issues, OVSA developed an understanding of the importance of providing young people with a more holistic and practical approach to youth empowerment and introduced the ENTERPRISE PROJECT in 2012. This project is an educational partnership with Grade 9 and 11 learners, and provides them with a realistic opportunity to prepare for the transition from schools to the work place, entrepreneurial environments, and/or tertiary institutions of learning. This additional programme direction is one that OVSA and the Department of Education feel is critical if we are to realistically support young people on their futures.
Youth entrepreneurship development in particular, has been identified as one means of achieving the goal of decent work for all men and women, and is an important strategy for integrating young people into labour markets and addressing the prevalent unemployment challenges.
The Enterprise Project offers workshops on identifying ones’ strengths and weaknesses, practical entrepreneurship education, developing a personal career profile and plan, career guidance, CV writing, interview techniques and more recently, FINANCE LITERACY.
The series of workshops culminates at the end of the year with the ENTERPRISE INDABA: a platform for young people to seriously explore the possibility of starting their own business. Grade 11 learners from all our schools are given the opportunity to submit a Business Plan to the OVSA Enterprise Indaba’s BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION, after which the Top 15 Business Plans will be selected with input from OVSA, Dumile Khubone, Enterprise Development Co-ordinator, Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Berenice de la Croix from Learning in Practice.