The NYDA Talks ‘Business Development’ and ‘Entrepreneurship’ at #HazyviewCampus

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) visited Good Work Foundation’s (GWF) Hazyview Digital Learning Campus (HDLC) to steer a workshop for Bridging Academy students about various programmes that they provide young people with, on 22 April 2016. The workshop was organised by Bridging Year facilitator, Njabulo Mashele.

The NYDA is a South African based agency which was formally launched on 16 June 2009, and results from the merger of the National Youth Commission and Umsobomvu Youth Fund.

The NYDA was implemented to help the youth of South Africa aged between 18 and 35, who want to become entrepreneurs or who already have developing businesses.

“NYDA doesn’t provide people with ideas as to how to start a business, rather we assist those who already have businesses with marketing skills, how to get funds and how to create a market price,” said Lungile Mlombo, NYDA trainer.

The seminar included: (1) Self-Assessment; (2) Skills development; (3) Professional image; and (4) Job preparedness training for young people.

Here are the three grant types that NYDA provide the youth with, that you may not know:

  1. Individuals – Formal and informal business grants will be issued to individuals who are at the promising and start-up phase of their development or development stage.
  2. Co-operatives – Autonomous associations of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic and social needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise organised and operated on co-operative principles.
  3. Commuity Development Facilitation Programme – the NYDA will also facilitate a process of community development through identifying projects that will be funded through NYDA funds and/or funds sourced from partners.

“I have learnt that the youth with business ideas now have access to funds from NYDA . The NYDA should also contemplate visiting secondary schools to give such talks to the students, just to give them advice should they want to venture into business in future,” said Dumisile Hlatshwayo, an Absa-sponsored Bridging Year Academy student.

The NYDA and GWF have one thing in common: to see young people moving forward and succeeding in all that they do, irrespective of a person’s background, so that they achieve their goals.

To access the Grant Programme:

Visit NYDA website at www.nyda.gov.za/grantprogramme

Contact NYDA call centre on 0800-525-252

Or visit your nearest NYDA branch.

About the GWF Bridging Academy

The Bridging Academy creates an access bridge between school and work or further education training, preparing rural school leavers for life in modern business environments. This is a one year accredited programme and is sponsored by Absa Bank. The programme includes: IT, English, online vocational learning, career awareness, Barclay’s ReadyToWork programme and Media skills.

NYDA trainer, Lungile Mlombo, explains the types of grant programmes that young entrepreneurs can access from the NYDA

NYDA trainer, Lungile Mlombo, explains the types of grant programmes that young entrepreneurs can access from the NYDA

Bridging-Year Academy students filled the Hosanna Church to capacity during the NYDA workshop.

Bridging Academy students filled the Hosanna Church to capacity during the NYDA workshop.

-(Left-right) NYDA Trainer, Lungile Mlombo, NYDA Trainer, Beauty Matlala, Bridging-Year Academy Co-ordinator, Njabulo Mashele and NYDA Jobs Officer, Tshepile Sehlodi.

-(Left-right) NYDA Trainer, Lungile Mlombo, NYDA Trainer, Beauty Matlala, Bridging-Year Academy Co-ordinator, Njabulo Mashele and NYDA Jobs Officer, Tshepile Sehlodi.

Written by Mpho Lebyane

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