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Practical Short Courses for Business Support Practitioners

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Business-advisors, consultants, Enterprise and Supplier Development Managers, Business coaches and mentors are expected to tirelessly offer quality support to their clients and beneficiaries, yet have very little time to fill their own, proverbial, ‘tanks’. 

To assist Business Support Practitioners, TSIBA Ignition Academy and EPI are developing a series of practical short courses, offered as stand-alone online learning opportunities. These courses are also aligned to the learning outcomes of SETA/QCTO qualifications with the aim to articulate into full qualifications in future.

We are excited to launch the series with the following two short courses.

Creating Impactful Growth Plans For Small Business Clients

This course will guide participants in developing a Growth Plan (or Development Plan) for an SMME. Covering both the improvement of business processes and competencies of the entrepreneur or owner-manager you will learn how to create and use a Growth Plan to achieve impact.

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Effective Support Of Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners

This course aims to improve the participants’ effectiveness in supporting their clients. Starting with understanding yourself and your preferred way of engaging with others, you will discover your best approach to serve, guide to support the business owners you engage with.

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Some Important Info:

The courses are designed to optimise peer learning. You will therefore be required to attend four 3-hour contact sessions, which will be conveniently hosted through a web-based meeting platform. The sessions are hosted from 9h00 to 12h00 on the same day of the week over a month. Attendance is compulsory for course completion.

Prior to each session you need to complete a Session Assignment (about 2 to 3 hours). You will need to score 50% in your assignment in order to continue to the next module. After the final  session, you will be required to submit a Capstone Assignment; To achieve certification, you will need to conclude at least two consultation sessions with real clients and submit a report on these.

Course Duration: 4 weeks + 2 Consultations

Course Fees: R2450  R1650 ex VAT per person - introductory offer

Technical Requirements: 
You will  need a stable internet connection with about 1.8 MB of data available per session if you connect through 3G/4G on your tablet or phone. Over WiFi the data-usage may be greater, depending on your bandwidth.


Gain critical skills on the go, from the comfort of your home (or phone)! These short courses, developed by TSIBA Business School and available online on Educate24, provide agile training in a proudly South African context. This innovative approach to upskilling gives instant results through rapid self-learning.

The world-class content is created with the input of leading South African academics (including TSIBA Business School staff) and industry experts, offering professional insights into the local landscape. The course schedule allows self-paced study; the modular format allows course material to be easily absorbed and retained, and the online delivery platform provides immediate access to training via mobile, tablet or laptop.


Business Essentials for Entrepreneurs

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Funding a New Venture

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Conflict Management and Negotiation Skills

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Work Readiness

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