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Applications are now open for places to study on the Raymond Ackerman Academy entrepreneurial training programme.

The Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development is a post matric level Academy that offers an inspiring and innovative programme in entrepreneurship for young people between the ages of 18 and 30.

The programme is offered to young people who are passionate about business and personal development (and learning more about these topics) but who struggle to do so due to financial, academic and social challenges.

The Academy offers a six-month full time University of Cape Town (UCT) certificate programme which is offered in Cape Town at the UCT Graduate School of Business.

The programme is run twice a year:

January to June Class July to December Class The Academy is selection-based and 30 students are selected per programme.

Programme Fee: R 1 950.00 (the programme is subsidised and is worth approx. R 20 000 per student)

Programme Duration: July – December 2014

Qualification: UCT Short Course – successful graduates will receive a UCT short course certificate

Application Deadline: 30th May 2014

The programme consists of modules in business skills and personal development. This includes:

Innovation, business idea development and testing
HR, marketing, strategy, cost accounting and operations
Business numeracy and English business literacy
Workshops on time management, presentation skills, career readiness and professionalism
Entrepreneurial showcases and guest speakers
In addition, students are offered personal development through one-on-one ‘check-in’ sessions and support.

The programme aims at empowering young people on their entrepreneurial journey while developing their business and life skills.

Important Information:

Lectures are conducted from Monday to Friday, 09h00 to 16h00 daily.
This is a full time programme, i.e. it is not a part-time or modular program.
The timetable is comprised of lectures, group work learning activities and self-directed learning. Participation in all aspects of the curriculum is compulsory.
All lectures and group work are held at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (GSB).
Financial Assistance is available, if awarded students must participate in volunteer days.


Experiencing financial and/or socio-economic challenges
Matric (this is looked at on a case by case basis if applicants have not completed Matric)
Must have an interest in business (not necessary to have their own business)
No previous tertiary qualifications/degrees/national diplomas (or not more than 1 year completed towards a tertiary qualification)
Students cannot be registered to study part time at another institution
Students must be able to travel to the Academy daily, accommodation is not provided
* Applicants should not turn 31 during the programme and applicants older than 29 are generally accepted when they have had little work or study experience and who are in need of significant business and personal development.

** Please note that final selection is at the discretion of the Academy selection committee


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Closing Date: 30 May 2014

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