Mafikeng - The North West Department of Public Works has called on emerging contractors to enroll in a developmental programme to learn entrepreneurial, business and technical skills to grow their businesses.
The department has set aside R12 million for the Le Bolotse Contractor Development Programme over the next three years.
At least 40 contractors from four districts will benefit annually from the programme and given the necessary skills and business knowledge.
The programme is structured as a learnership programme and implemented in conjunction with the Construction Education Training Authority (CETA).
Programme Coordinator, Motlapele Ntshabele, said on Tuesday contractors with levels 1 and 2 grading of the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) would be targeted for the programme.
"Candidates must be willing to enter, full time, into a National Qualification Framework (NQF) Level 2 manager learnership contract for two years.
"They must also be historically disadvantaged individuals and in possession of a Grade 12 qualification. Those with qualifications below Grade 12 should obtain a Recognition of Prior Learning," she explained
Ms Ntshabele said experience in construction, owning or managing businesses and possession of qualifications higher than the specified minimum will count in favour of applicants.
The closing date for the applications will be 17 April 2009 and applications can be placed in tender boxes at the respective District Offices.
Application forms and more details about the programme will be available at district offices.