The newly-launched Knowledge Pele (KP) Academy in Kramerville, Johannesburg, aims to drive skills and entrepreneurial development in rural, peri-urban and township communities.

The focus of the KP Academy is to innovatively use available resources, facilities and structures to bring improvements in systems, collaborations, methodologies and ultimately, learning and applied outcomes.

“The future of humanity lies in the application of our creative abilities to turn the tide of history towards justice and universal progress to do this, all human beings need to be empowered with relevant technical skills and an entrepreneurial heart to make them central protagonists in our shared story,” says Fumani Mthembi, managing director of Knowledge Pele.

The KP Academy has formulated Energy and Water SETA-approved courses. The Academy runs fully-fledged artisan training programmes, learnerships, short courses and workshops to usher in “new age artisans”, including a focus on creative industry artisans. The academy includes a combination of facilitators and professional mentors to keep up with trends in vital sectors, such as the energy sector, of the economy.

All courses are underpinned by the ‘Starter Pack: Enterprise Development’ programme. Starter Pack is KP’s approach to integrating entrepreneurship training into all skills programmes. KP’s belief is that entrepreneurship is first and foremost, a life-skill. It, therefore, focuses on enhancing professional literacy and numeracy and the development of entrepreneurial grit i.e. the ability to rise stronger with each fall. This course is currently taught in the Western Cape, North West and Northern Cape Provinces.

In addition, the KP Academy has responded to the call to support the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college system by getting involved in the Energy and Water SETA (EWSETA) Workplace Integrated Learning (WIL) project.

This project entails preparing and placing a group of students who possess N6 certificates of theoretical learning into workplaces.

“We are thus proud to see that our current cohort is getting their hands dirty in workshops, working on installations, maintenance of electrical equipment and renewable energy systems in Gauteng and the North West Province” explains Mthembi.

“The KP Academy continues to provide coaching and mentorship to the 30 learners who are based at “Secondary Employers” on a full-time basis and we look forward to their evolution into entrepreneurial energy artisans,” Mthembi concluded.

The KP Academy designs courses that meet the needs of employers and learners by interpreting research reports from academia, Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA), reputable bodies and Knowledge Pele itself into courses, qualifications and intervention programmes.