The B’avumile skills development programme is a women’s empowerment capacity-building initiative aimed at identifying talent in the arts and crafts and textiles and clothing sectors. It is a formal training programme to develop women’s expertise in the production of marketable goods and the creation of formal enterprises in the creative industry.
The programme places emphasis on both skills development and the economic empowerment of women. B’avumile seeks to:
- Recruit women involved in the creative, clothing and textile industries, with skills in embroidery, sewing, weaving and beading;
- Provide specialist skills training and assist women to establish their own enterprises or co-operatives;
- In partnership with the Small Enterprise Development Agency (seda), provide additional training in packaging, customer service, basic bookkeeping and registering a business; and
- Provide training sessions in municipalities. The training includes training on business skills. A number of women who have undergone this training run successful businesses and have been further assisted through other products offered by the dti.
Each year a particular province is selected and women enterprises are identified to participate in the process. A selection process is undertaken with the panel of experts in the sector, provincial partners, including the provincial government departments and seda.
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