The National Business Initiative (NBI) supported by the Confederation of Danish Industry and Nedbank’s Eyethu Community Trust, in partnership with Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA), GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and Ekurhuleni East TVET College’s Artisan Skills Development Centre (ASDC), has started implementation of the Installation, Repair, and Maintenance (IRM) Initiative. Having completed a 12-week integrated work-readiness and basic plumbing training programme, provided jointly by Harambee and Ekurhuleni East College, 33 of the 37 candidates began their 6-month structured workplace-based learning on the 20th January 2020 with 13 plumbing companies, across Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni. The remaining 4 candidates are awaiting confirmation of commencement dates. The next cohort of candidates will be starting in April 2020. Companies are invited to participate in this Initiative by contacting Cecil Macheke: Cecilm@nbi.org.za.