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Training Interventions Needed For Developing Black Micro-Entrepreneurial Skills In The Informal Sector: A Qualitative Perspective

Author(s): E. E. Smith | S. Perks

Journal: South African Journal of Human Resource Management
ISSN 1683-7584

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: Developing black micro-entrepreneurial skills | informal sector | training interventions

This article outlines the results of a qualitative study, which investigates the nature of training interventions needed for developing black micro entrepreneurial skills in the informal sector. As this is a qualitative study, an empirical survey was conducted by means of a series of in-depth interviews with ten black micro entrepreneurs. A control group was used to verify the results of the initial sample selected. Four main types of entrepreneurial skills were identified, namely personal, technical, business operations and management skills. A model is developed indicating which training interventions and methods could be used to upgrade black micro entrepreneurial skills. General guidelines are also provided as to how training could be used to facilitate the acquisition of these microentrepreneurial skills.
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