Building a conducive environment for SME labour absorption | Practitioner Labs Policy Prototyping South Africa
Thought group for the facilitation of a conducive environment for labour absorption by SMEs
SEED Practitioner Labs Policy Prototyping South Africa brought together policy makers, eco-inclusive enterprises, and intermediaries over a multi-step collaborative process to design policy instruments that increase access to and improve the quality of support mechanisms for socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable enterprises looking to scale their impact.
Developed by Sarebi as part of the SEED PLPP South Africa cycle, this prototype targets the strengthening of an enabling environment to promote SME growth and related labour absorption. This is to be achieved through increasing access to incentives for SMEs, as well as targeting size- and sector-based programmes to encourage growth. The thought group will act as an information platform for intermediaries and policy makers to unblock barriers facing SMEs when it comes to job creation, as well as to target programmes and investments based on sector. A focus on green jobs will help to define green sectors with high potential for job creation and encourage SME growth and job creation within these sectors .
The proposed prototype aims to strengthen the framework conditions for SMEs to create jobs. The de-risking mechanism will address current barriers to labour absorption, and enable SMMEs to grow their workforce more readily in green sectors.