Bakery & Confectionery Kiosks Project

Bread & Flour Confectionery Baking – NQF 2

BICSA (Bakery Incubation Centre of South Africa) is a bakery and food technology incubator that is based in Pretoria. As part of the incubation and training that BICSA implements, a major part of the company’s mandate is to do special projects within rural and township communities.

BICSA secured funding for the implementation of a special project with emphasis on youth, women and people living with disabilities in the Emalahleni and Victor Khanye local municipal areas. The project was funded by the FoodBev SETA, starting with training that would result in a NQF2 qualification. The scope of the project included business and bakery management and cooperative governance training and resulted in the registration of bakery companies that will create meaningful jobs.

Implementation of the FoodBev SETA Special Project.

The project formalized the holistic approach – taking the 60 learners on a journey from being unemployed to becoming business owner and employer whilst being awarded a NQF 2 qualification upon the completion of the program.

The program kicked off with a mix of accredited practical and theoretical training that was done parallel to business and bakery management training. Six months into a program – beneficiaries were given “workplace exposure”.

The outcome of the Special Project – in accordance with the funder, is to create sustainable businesses that will result in meaningful jobs. This is to uplift people in poor communities, by empowering them how to help themselves.

The benefit of establishing community-based bakery businesses is that meaningful jobs are created and the objective of supplying good quality, healthy bread and confectionery to the community can be achieved. This Special Project required that that the bakeries to be legally registered as legally compliant businesses in accordance with the mandate of the funder.

The Bread & Confectionery Kiosks Project.

BICSA is available to do skills development training for the Kiosks Project as a stakeholder for the implementation of the project. This is done at an agreed cost from the different funders and stakeholders, to ensure continuality for these kiosks business owners.

BICSA provides skills development training aligned with the project’s requirements needed to fulfill the mandate of supplying healthy good quality bread and confectionery within the communities.

BICSA to provide practical and theoretical skills development training, business and bakery management training, advisory service, continued mentorship and coaching in line with the requirements of the Kiosks Project. A need analysis is conducted to identify which areas BICSA can provide solutions for these Kiosks owners in partnership with project team.

BICSA assists with advisory service with regards to the type and size of equipment, infrastructure – including electricity and water requirements, branding and packaging requirements, etc.

The beneficiaries are currently seeking funding from different funders to establish their Kiosks Bakeries.