Training of Trainers seminar on Your Green Construction Business
The first “Start and Improve your Green Construction Business” (SIYCGB) Training of Trainers workshop was held on 10 to 14 November in Johannesburg, South Africa, for participants from Zambia, South Africa and Mozambique, representing a wide range of stakeholders with a mandate to support the greening of the construction sector and promoting green entrepreneurship in their countries.
The SIYGCB aims to support emerging and established entrepreneurs who wish to engage in the green building construction sector. The sector is steadily growing in southern Africa as a result of an increased demand for affordable housing which is energy and cost efficient and provides a healthy living environment.
Currently available development tools rarely reach out and address the specific needs of future green entrepreneurs. The SIYGCB responds to these needs and bridges the knowledge and skills gaps for micro, small and medium enterprises to enter the green construction market. The 13 modules of the SIYGCB programme are tailor-made for the large spectrum of entrepreneurs from start-ups, to emerging and established entrepreneurs. They cover topics such as business management basics, marketing, management of resources as well as the establishment of business support structures.
A distinct training module on “Introduction to Green Construction” forms the core of the SIYGCB training programme. It provides an in-depth understanding on the current trends in green construction in the sub-region and related business opportunities. The module “Complying with Legal Requirements” addresses the high levels of informality and precarious working conditions in the sector and provides small businesses with the necessary information to ensure their compliance and enhance productivity through better working conditions.
The SIYGCB forms part of the wider “Start and Improve Your Business” family of training programmes with over 17,000 trainers and 4.5 million participants from over 100 countries that have been trained in SIYB.