FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND POST GRAD DIPLOMA TO HELP SA ENTREPRENEURS!
21 Feb 2013
The Tertiary School in Business Education (TSiBA) is launching its new offering, an accredited Post-Graduate Diploma in Small Enterprise Consulting (PG Dip SEC) - the first of its kind in South Africa. Following the 2012 launch in Cape Town, the post-graduate programme will now also be offered at TSiBA Eden Campus in Knysna.
TSiBA noticed a gap in the South African market for a formalised, academic course aimed specifically at those working closely with entrepreneurs and small business owners. Entrepreneurs need sustained, expert mentorship and coaching to guide their enterprise through both the incubation and growth stage. The PG Dip SEC is designed to develop consultants to become coaches and mentors who can effectively support and guide micro enterprises into small and medium-sized businesses.
TSiBA’s Dean, Nolan Beudeker, explains why there is such a great need for a course like this especially in the South African context “The Total Entrepreneurship Activity (TEA) index for South Africa is at less than 5%. That is less than half of any other comparable nation. Entrepreneurial activity fails simply because people do not know what they are doing: entrepreneurs often have no managerial or financial skills and no help, or mentorship.”
TSiBA specialises in developing leaders and entrepreneurs who will take South Africa forward by igniting opportunity and social change. While TSiBA is a not-for-profit Business School the PG Dip SEC is its first “paid-for” course with all fees being ploughed back into TSiBA to cover scholarships for more students. Not only is the course providing a solution for the lack of entrepreneurial mentoring courses, but it will also boost entrepreneurial potential in South Africa by providing funding to help disadvantaged students.