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The Skills Mine – Cultivating growth

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – The Skills Mine.

The Skills Mine is a recruitment, training, and operational and strategic human capital agency. They provide highly talented individuals skilled in a range of business disciplines and industries and equip organisations with best practices for human capital management.

They stand out as a recruitment agency as they are not only focused on filling positions but nurturing success. They do this with a focus on long-term growth partnerships which is unparalleled in the industry.

In the heart of Johannesburg, where the legacy of mining runs deep, Mahlape Nyakane founded The Skills Mine, a business with a mission deeply rooted in South African heritage. The name itself reflects her profound belief that while South Africa has historically mined precious minerals, the most valuable resource has always been South Africa’s people and their inherent skills.

Her passion and commitment extend to providing employment opportunities and she is dedicated to making a tangible impact by equipping everyone with the skills they need to secure meaningful employment.

Every day, the mission to combat youth unemployment and inform young talent to become catalysts of African growth keeps her motivated and determined to make a lasting difference in society. The heart of The Skills Mine lies in cultivating a team of like-minded individuals who share her vision of creating opportunities and upskilling people for better employment prospects.

She is dedicated to creating a positive impact on individuals and society as a whole, ensuring that everyone, including South Africa’s youth, has the opportunity to reach their full potential and contribute to the workforce. The Skills Mine is not just about finding jobs; it’s about transforming lives and reducing unemployment, with a particular emphasis on addressing youth unemployment in South Africa.

As Mahlape Nyakane looks back at her entrepreneurial journey so far there is one piece of advice she would give her younger self, “Embrace authenticity and resist the urge to dim your light to conform or seek acceptance. True growth comes from staying true to yourself and not blending in. To succeed you need to embrace individuality and aim for greatness unapologetically.”

In the future, The Skills Mine hopes to grow on a national and global scale. Secondly, they see themselves as an innovation hub within the recruitment industry and by harnessing cutting-edge technology and data-driven insights, they’ll continue to redefine how businesses find and nurture talent. Thirdly, community engagement will remain at the core of their vision The Skills Mine is a bridge that connects businesses with the community, creating a positive and symbiotic relationship.

In essence, The Skills Mine is set to be a dynamic force for positive change, growing, innovating, and empowering individuals and businesses as they move forward. They are excited about the journey ahead and the positive impact they can create in South Africa and beyond.

The Skills Mine is a proud Member of the NSBC.

Absa is a proud Platinum Partner of the NSBC.

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