Allan Gray Makers is offering free entrepreneurship training for aspiring plumbers and electricians in response to the need for job creation in South Africa.

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Applications are now open for the free 8-month Allan Gray Makers incubation programme. The programme is aimed at plumbing and electrical trades with a view to train and empower individuals who want to start up their own businesses.

“Probably the biggest challenge for technically talented South African youth and young artisans is finding a helping hand on their journey to become successful business owners and entrepreneurs in their own right, especially in critical skills like plumbing and electrical trades,” says Seth Mulli, Programme Director at Allan Gray Makers. “The StartUp Academy is empowering technically talented youth with the skills and exposure needed to embark on their entrepreneurial journey.”

The Allan Gray Makers StartUp Academy welcomes applications from individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • South African citizen or permanent resident
  • N4 – N6 Qualification
  • Completed or eligible to take a Trade Test
  • Age 18 to 35 (35 at the time of graduation, 18 at the time of application)
  • Based in Gauteng, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal or Mpumalanga
  • Desire to start your own business
  • Working in the electrical or plumbing industry with a completed apprenticeship (minimum 18 months) would be advantageous.

Successful applicants to the programme will benefit from:

  • Training in entrepreneurial mindset development, new venture creation, marketing and sales, business management, financial management, branding, business e-skills and personal mastery.
  • Opportunities to work in teams and network with other businesses.
  • Access to personal mentorship, business shadowing, industry-expert coaches and business advisory.
  • Access to markets with a focus on making your first sale.
  • Graduates will have access to life-long support.

How to apply: Visit or WhatsApp: +27 (0) 66 579 7616.

The deadline for applications is midnight on 23 February 2024.


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