Establishment of a Centre for Entrepreneurship at False Bay College

Entrepreneurship is a key driver of economic growth in South Africa.  Small businesses create jobs at a faster rate than large corporations, and thus contribute to the economic health of provinces.  The growing need for entrepreneurship education in the college sector in South Africa is therefore an obvious one.

False Bay College is a well-established provider of good quality education and training with a mandate to offer its graduates meaningful exit opportunities.  These include further studies, employment and self-employment for graduates.

We are therefore committed to promoting entrepreneurship as a career choice for learners looking to forge an independent route into the marketplace.

The recent adoption of the college Strategic Plan for 2014 – 2017 led to a focus on entrepreneurship education and training as a key service to our graduates and communities.  To this end, the college has established a Centre for Entrepreneurship (CfE) in partnership with the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI).

The primary purpose of the CfE is to offer entrepreneurship education to college graduates who elect to start their own businesses through formal learnership and business incubator programmes.

The mission and mandate for the CfE includes inculcating entrepreneurial thinking in the delivery of False Bay FET College vocational and occupational education and training in order to stimulate an entrepreneurial economy.

It is also designed to inspire young College graduates to become entrepreneurs, to enhance an entrepreneurial spirit among False Bay FET College students and make free enterprise a more attractive career choice.

Furthermore it is there to suport existing businesses in the areas of Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain and to offer formal training and practical business experience.

The CfE intervention target groups include FET College graduates; the FET SMME sectors within Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain and the College’s vocational and occupational curriculum.