Shell introduced this programme in South Africa in 1995. It has recently been reviewed and revitalised and the new version was re-launched in 2014 in Johannesburg. This new version signifies a new era for youth enterprise development in the country. The programme will be facilitated by Raizcorp,Shell’s service provider for LiveWIRE 2.0.
Shell is delighted to offer this new version of the programme. We believe the new format will prepare young people with relevant skills that meet market demands. The programme supports the current country priority and strategy of minimising poverty, unemployment and inequality and to power the development of South Africans.
The ultimate aim is to contribute towards creating a sturdy culture of small and medium sized entrepreneurs (SME) and to build the knowledge, skill and capabilities of these SME in the country. The new LiveWIRE reflects Shell’s commitment to address skills shortage and to improve labour market competencies of the communities of importance to Shell.
Phases of implementation
- 50 identified candidates will be invited to an initial Bright ideas workshop in the beginning of02 &03 December 2015. Duration: 6-8hrs.
- The second stage is the Business start up workshop. 20 qualifying candidates will progress to this level in 16 -22 January 2016. During this phase, the candidates will be equipped with the skills to create their own business plan. Duration: 40 hrs
- The third phase is the Pre-start Up Support: In this phase, 20 candidates will be provided with support until they successfully start their businesses. Duration: 3 month
- The final phase is the Post Start Up Support : 10 candidates will progress to this level after starting up their businesses. This level aims to help the candidates’ business grow and includes mentoring and incubation to support the businesses to be sustainable in the first 3 years post start up. Duration: 36 months.
Criteria of suitable candidates
- People between the ages of 16 – 35
- Mainly candidates that meet black-owned and black women owned criteria for B-BBEE accreditation
- Must be Gauteng based, with other areas like Rustenburg and eMalahleni included
- Must have a reasonable business idea in mind
- Preferably have a business which has been running for 6 – 12 months