The Junior Achievement South Africa (JASA) Youth Enterprise Development Programme, supported by Mastercard, has opened applications. The programme is open to unemployed or self-employed out-of-school adult women who aged between 18 to 35 years old.

JA South Africa will select 260 applicants to take part in their 20-week entrepreneurial and financial literacy programme which is set to take place at community centers around Gauteng, Western Cape and Limpopo in mid-February 2018.

“The importance of developing an entrepreneurship culture and empowering South Africa’s youth is pivotal in helping young people towards economic and financial independence,” said Nelly Mofokeng, Managing Director at JA South Africa.

The programme will cover the areas of business theory, market research, financial and business management, sales and marketing, in theoretical and practical sessions held two afternoons a week. Included in the programme will also be lessons in basic computer literacy.

“Helping women entrepreneurs to realize their business ideas and enabling them to participate in the economy are the keys to growth and prosperity in South Africa. We’re supporting this initiative because of its proven success in empowering young women with the fundamental skills to develop their ideas into sustainable businesses,” said Mark Elliott, Division President at Mastercard Southern Africa.

Those female entrepreneurs who are interested in entering the programme can contact the facilitators of the 2018 JA South Africa Youth Enterprise Development Programme to pick up application forms from the various community centres or visit the website for more information.

The organization has indicated that the following criteria will be used to determine who qualifies to be accepted for entry to the programme:

  • Must be a female between the ages of 18 and 35 years old to participate in the programme.

  • Must have at least a Grade 10 education and upwards.

  • Must be able to read and write in English.