“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” B.B. King

Flower Valley aims to be a vibrant space for learning and engagement, so that everyone can have an equal opportunity to access knowledge. The past three months 97 people attended our facilitated workshops and courses.

The courses and workshops are selected based on the essential compliance needs to run a business in the green economy or an early learning center. People attending the workshops are actively involved in Flower Valley’s long-term projects, and capacity building needs are identified through these engagements.

The green economy benefited from skills building through accredited health and safety, first aid, herbicide assistance, chainsaw training and unaccredited induction to sustainable harvesting. All accredited courses were sponsored by the Department of Environment, Fisheries and Forestry. These courses are necessary for small businesses to have employees with the right skills and certificates to complete their work. 

Workshops to support 27 early learning centres with compliance were hosted to register centers with the Department of Social Development. One workshop explained how the unemployment insurance fund works within the context of small business.

A separate workshop was held on how to open a business bank account and register on the central supplier database so that early learning centers can apply for the presidential early childhood relief fund. Flower Valley partnered with the Grootbos Foundation and held an administration and governance workshop for how centers can register with the Department of Social Development. 

Through these knowledge exchange events, we are certain that these small businesses will become well equipped to manage their businesses.