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Allan Gray Makers Offers Free Entrepreneurship Training for Aspiring Plumbers and Electricians to Launch Their Own Businesses

Updated: Feb 9






In response to the pressing need for job creation and entrepreneurship in South Africa, Allan Gray Makers has announced the opening of applications for its free 8- 8-month incubation programme. Aimed at empowering aspiring artisan entrepreneurs in the plumbing and electrical trades, the programme is a unique opportunity for individuals to gain the skills and support needed to kickstart 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.


The StartUp Academy is empowering technically talented youth with the skills and exposure needed to embark on their entrepreneurial journey," says Seth Mulli, Programme Director at Allan Gray Makers.


Who Can Apply?


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 What Participants Will Gain: 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:


Applications are now open, and interested individuals are encouraged to apply by visiting www.allangraymakers.co.za or Whatsapp: 066 579 7616


The deadline for applications is midnight on February 23, 2024.


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About the Allan Gray Makers StartUp Academy: The Allan Gray Makers StartUp Academy is a free 8-month incubation programme designed to empower aspiring artisan entrepreneurs in the plumbing and electrical trades. Funded by Allan Gray Makers, the programme covers all associated costs, including a basic living allowance, with participants expected to contribute their commitment, time, and energy.


Seth Mulli, Programme Director at Allan Gray Makers or Sihle Mofokeng, Programme Manager at Allan Gray Makers are available as in-studio or virtual guests to talk more about The Allan Gray Makers Academy’s vision to equip technically talented youth with entrepreneurial skills and exposure so that they can confidently launch their own businesses.

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