BESD…unfolding the potential for jobs and income

by Tanja Merensky-Hartinger

South Africa is experiencing large-scale unemployment - often because of the lack of skills required to gain access to employment or self-employment opportunities. Skills development is thus critical to create additional and sustainable jobs. The BESD programme aims at improving the prospects for sustainable livelihoods for employed and self-employed persons in the informal economy by taking an innovative approach to training. It offers a 15 month-long one-on-one business skills training course to entrepreneurs at their business premises. Almost 800 business owners across the country have already taken part in the training course and we anticipate that by the end of 2016, 2500 more will have completed the course in all 9 provinces in at least 21 different sites.

We have asked six business owners from Soweto to share their stories with us.

Click on the brochure link below to read about how the course has helped them to improve their business ventures!