We are create earning opportunities within our skills courses. The level 3 course opens the job market to our students when they enter the industry on their internship. By this stage they are professional and well trained and experience shows that chances are high that they will be offered jobs after their internship.
In house, our strategy is focussed on establishing a factory that will employ our students and service the clothing manufacturing industry and a shop (and online shop) and family market where our students can sell their products. We encourage all graduates that show entrepreneurial potential, to create their own employment. With the necessary assistance and training tools, this part of our job creation strategy will exponentially grow as we envision that people will start numerous small businesses within their community and create further job opportunities by employing others.
A group of mothers started this enterprise in 2008. Work For Love took them under their wing and trained and mentored the teachers, bought property and built a state of the art building to house the thriving pre-primary school or Kindergarten that caters for 60 children and employs 5. To read on about the history of Siyakhula and to see their latest newsletter click here.
The purpose of the Work For Love sewing factory is to use shared resources to establish an economically viable manufacturing center that will create earning opportunities for students whilst at the same time give student's in-job experience. The factory is an important exit opportunity within the sewing school module. It will act as a bridge between the school and the formal job market for sewing school graduates.
The Work For Love Shop is a distribution point where students and members of the community can exhibit and sell products. The shop will offer some practical training opportunities but will largely focus on exposure for students and community members to sell products.
The shop will aim to be economically self-sufficient. The impact of the shop will be measurable in the income opportunity that it creates for students and community members.
The Work For Love Community Market is a regular event to gain exposure for our skills and business students and the larger community that we serve.
The purpose of this market will be to expose community entrepreneurs, artists, gardeners, bakers and crafters to a larger market place. The impact of the market will be measurable in the income opportunity that it creates for community members.
As part of our job creation initiative, the Work For Love Center will initiate a business hive module. Within this module entrepreneurs from within the community can share resources and skills to establish a "hive". The Work For Love Center will establish support networks and shared resources to facilitate entrepreneurs in establishing income opportunities.
The business hives will create a "safe" growing environment that will mentor entrepreneurs through the initial setup stages of their business. Through mentoring and shared resources we can alleviate some of the risks associated with starting up a business. Smaller businesses can, through shared resources, get access to logistical, administrative and technological tools that would otherwise be unobtainable or just too expensive for them.
The impact of the business hives will be measurable in the income opportunities that will be facilitated.