After signing a Memorandum of Agreement with the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Centre for Local Economic Development (CENLED), Hermanus Varsity Trust (HVT) is launching two complementary short learning programmes (SLPs) in the second half of 2019.

The course that will admit the varsity’s first student intake is an ‘Introduction to Local Economic Development’. Specifically chosen to match students’ interests with local area needs in view, this introductory course will begin on 12 August with five days of in-class, interactive learning and training. The three-month module will end on 11 October and will be followed by a course on ‘Entrepreneurship’.

Anyone with an interest in local economic development (LED), and who meets admission requirements of UJ for certificate programmes can apply for entry to the SLP. The application process through HVT has two parts that include completing an application form for HVT and one for UJ, as well.

HVT expects to admit no more than 50 students into each of the two pilot SLPs. A variety of criteria will be used when selecting programme participants from the applicants. Successful candidates will become registered students of UJ.

The ground-breaking SLP course at HVT will provide an understanding of the philosophy and principles of local economic development and the circumstances that contribute to it. The aim is to foster knowledge and skills so practitioners and managers will be better able to contribute to the development of their local economies, as well as provide an understanding of the workings of the local economy so individuals can establish ventures that will contribute to their local economies. By promoting economic development, the broader goal of the programme is to contribute to the creation of employment opportunities, reduce poverty, and improve service delivery to local communities.

Course content will cover:

  • Classifying the different local economic development theories and approaches to LED.
  • Explaining the basic concepts, goals and objectives of LED.
  • Identifying and describing the role of the different participants in the LED process.
  • Analysing a local economy as well as illustrating and explaining the main economic activities.

After the initial five-days of interactive learning in class, participants will be supported by HVT tutors, with whom they will work in small groups, for about two to four hours a week. There will be no examination, but participants will be required to submit a capstone assignment by Friday October 11, 2019.

At the end of the SLP, successful students who achieve 50% or more for the assignment will be awarded a Certificate of Competence by the University of Johannesburg. These will be awarded at the HVT certification ceremony in March 2020.

The cost of the SLP is R1 500, payable on registration; R500 is for registration with HVT and R1 000 is for registration with UJ. Financial assistance may be awarded to successful programme applicants based on an assessment of each applicant’s circumstances and needs.

Dates to diarise for SLP 1: Introduction to Local Economic Development

All prospective students are invited to an information session on 18 June 2019 from 17:00 to 19:00 at the Grobbelaarsaal, Park Avenue, Hermanus.

Registration closes on 12 July 2019.

Orientation for students admitted to the SLP ‘Introduction to Local Economic Development’ is on Thursday, 1 August 2019.

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