Today the NHBRC’s Women Empowerment Programme (WEP) celebrates ninety-two women entrepreneurs in the construction industry who have completed its 24-month programme with Gordon’s Institute of Business Science (GIBS).

NHBRC has partnered with the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) since 2014 to develop the WEP, which aims to enhance leadership potential and boost business skills for women in the construction industry. Through this programme, women entrepreneurs develop their entrepreneurial, business, and leadership skills which enable them to fully operate a successful company.

More than five hundred women have participated in this programme since its inception. It was initially a four-month academic programme with networking and mentorship support and has now evolved into a 24-month programme.

It entails training led by leading academics and key influencers in the industry and is followed by a mentorship programme. Additionally, candidates develop comprehensive business plans and are evaluated for individual and company revenue growth.

NHBRC CEO Songezo Booi says the organisation’s social transformation and empowerment programme (STEP) seeks to address issues related to the advancement of equal economic opportunities in the human settlements value chain to optimise meaningful participation of vulnerable groups.

“Women are under-represented in the construction industry. We aim to bring about transformation by assisting women in developing their entrepreneurial skills, business skills, and leadership skills so they can fully realise and operate profitable businesses,” says Booi. Further, as the NHBRC, we believe that our programme will assist in unlocking obstacles and boost women’s empowerment. It will further assert measurable goals for us to achieve on the road to a radically transformed home-building industry.

The NHBRC will continue to support government initiatives for empowerment and access to economic opportunities.

“With this programme, NHBRC demonstrates its commitment to the transformation agenda, and elevating the empowerment of women, youth, people with disabilities, and military veterans through skills development, job opportunities, and support of their businesses and entities,” says Booi.

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Molebogeng Taunyane on 011 317 0070 or email molebot@nhbrc.org.za

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