Empowering youth to turn into successful entrepreneurs delivers a multiplier impact, with sustainable SMMEs creating jobs for different unemployed youth. This in turn additionally contributes to Setas with their levies, enabling additional support of small companies.
CEO Yershen Pillay

CHIETA’s experience underpins the sturdy premise that entrepreneurship is undeniably one of many key means at our disposal to dramatically increase job creation amongst our nation’s youth. With our rampant unemployment numbers, particularly amongst younger people, which Stats SA positioned at sixty six.5% earlier this year, and which was reported as the highest in the world by tradingeconomics.com in December 2021, the need to handle this reality is pressing.
We know that there is not any silver bullet to deal with this crisis, however we additionally recognise that comprehensive abilities improvement for younger would-be entrepreneurs should be an essential part of the country’s efforts to create jobs for youth.
The OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), which represents 38 nations including South Africa, published an article in late final year which highlighted the worldwide disconnect between younger people’s aspirations to be entrepreneurs and the truth.
The article said, “Young people present a excessive degree of interest in entrepreneurship. Overall, about 45% of younger people report that they would prefer to work as an entrepreneur rather than an employee, and 41% assume it will be possible.
“However, few younger individuals are actively working on start-ups or managing businesses. Only about 8% of individuals aged 18 to 30 years in OECD international locations have been doing so between 2016 and 2020. The hole is quite a drop-off from the proportion who indicate a desire to be an entrepreneur, suggesting that there is substantial untapped entrepreneurial potential among youth.”

This is strictly the scenario that’s driving CHIETA’s Vision 2025, which aims to support 2 000 SMMEs and 200 start-ups by 2025 with wide-ranging abilities improvement and monetary funding. By the tip of this 12 months, CHIETA will be about a third of the greatest way to achieving this aim. In 2021 we supported 125 entrepreneurs and by the tip of this yr we might be equipping an additional 500 for successful small business development.
This multipronged strategy is producing job creators somewhat than job seekers, and we are working with greater schooling institutions and other partners to make sure the entrepreneurs-in-the-making shall be enabled by way of wide-ranging expertise development, financial support, and access to market linkages.
CHIETA has an allotted budget of R20 million for small business help throughout the chemical industries sector in our 2022-2023 monetary year. This will assist in delivering coaching in entrepreneurial abilities, incubation programmes, learnerships, bursaries, grownup training and coaching, and different initiatives that contribute overall to small enterprise progress, all of which shall be fastidiously monitored and evaluated all through the duration of the programmes to ensure success and sustainability.
pressure gauge is going a way in course of offsetting the robust non-entrepreneurial tradition in South Africa and instead instilling an entrepreneurial mindset within the ranks of our youth and, working with large-scale enterprises, all through the provision chain.
Clearly though, CHIETA’s mandate is restricted to the chemical industries sector. It behoves organisations and industries throughout the nation to recognise the impactful benefits of entrepreneurial and SMME development to the nation. These advantages include job creation, a boost in productivity and wholesome competition as small companies typically enter markets with lower prices, new market improvement, an increase in nationwide income, and the introduction of latest and innovative products, companies, and technologies.
As we transfer into Youth Month, we can select to celebrate it with an unequivocal commitment to constructing a robust cohort of younger entrepreneurs and SMMES in South Africa, for the good of the financial and social development of South Africa.
“The youth must be enabled to turn out to be job mills from job seekers.” APJ Abdul Kalam

For more information about CHIETA, go to www.chieta.org.za


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