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CCDI launches academic partnership with Spier Arts Academy

01 June 2017   (0 Comments)
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We have entered into a special partnership with the Spier Arts Academy in Cape Town in which are integrating our business development workshops into their student training programme.

 

The Spier Arts Academy, based in Commercial Street in Cape Town, offers employment-based training in professional mosaic and ceramics. This is done through a three year, full-time apprenticeship that focuses on Mosaic Art and Ceramic Art, and also includes tuition in Drawing, Mosaic Theory, Art History and Business Skills. It also offers exposure to the concept of entrepreneurship – enabling young creative people to have the confidence, skills and knowledge to generate their own income and use their creative skills to make products that will perform successfully in a market.

 

As a solutions partner the CCDI is enhancing the Academy’s apprenticeship programme by giving the apprentices greater exposure to the tools of business management and a practical understanding of entrepreneurship. This will give them the choice to either be employed or start their own business when they conclude their three-year course.

 

CCDI Business Development Coordinator, Eugene Newman says: “Our relationship with Spier began when we conducted a series of business and creativity workshops for their third year apprentices in 2016. Based on this experience we saw the potential to implement a wider programme of business skills development workshops and fully integrate it into to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year class schedules.”

 

The extensive range of workshops includes our traditional CCDI business training workshops such as Business Vision, Business Basics - Setting up my business, Best Game, Financial Management, and Communication; and our personal enrichment and creativity workshops such as My Relationship with Money, Creative Problem Solving, and Logo Design and Branding.

 

Additional workshops are being provided to equip the apprentices with extra skills such as Maths applicable to their working environment; Health and Safety in the workplace; Introduction to Computer Literacy, Introduction to Human Resources Management and Materials Knowledge.

 

“It’s really very exciting to see our team now taking all the experience that we have gained conducting workshops at the CCDI over the years, and expanding it into different contexts. It’s helping us to grow and become more adaptable as facilitators as well as having a wider impact.”

 

CCDI Creativity Facilitator, Margo Ackeer agrees: “A lot of the work that we did with the apprentices was collaborative and with a lot of creative free thinking, which was unfamiliar to them. So it was interesting to watch how they interacted, especially since there were so many different personalities. Each year has very different dynamics.”

 

The students will be registered as members of the CCDI which will give them ongoing access to support, as well as access to the CCDI prototype lab where they will have an opportunity to develop their own marketing materials.


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