The Work-Base Academy
Work-Base is an exciting project aimed at providing vocational training to orphaned and vulnerable youth; and working with partners in different sectors to ensure that these young people are prepared to become effective contributors to organisations across southern Africa.
Our focus is on starting small, perfecting what we do and growing this incrementally so that we can together impact the lives of thousands of young people.
A significant percentage of young people within southern Africa do not have the financial capacity or the necessary results to move into university studies once they finish school. This is exacerbated amongst orphaned and vulnerable youth who not only have no financial backing from parents, but also have significant learning gaps as a result of their often traumatic lives and thus cannot qualify for university.
As we at Home-Base have been working with young people and talking to child-care organisations across the region, we have realised the huge need for training that is practical in nature, is of a high standard and which prepares young people to both enter the world of work and to create their own paths through entrepreneurship.
As indicated in the diagram, although the emphasis of Work-Base is vocational training, we integrate this with Life Skills and Character Development, Work-Based Experience, Entrepreneurship and Ongoing Support.
We will create a number of Schools within Work-Base that focus on different areas of vocational training. For example:
- School of Hospitality
- School of Creative Design
- School of Hair and Beauty
- School of Trade (Welding, Electrical, Plumbing, Carpentry)
- School of Business Administration
Owing to our background in the field of hospitality and because this industry area has been identified as one where skilled, qualified individuals are scarce, we are planning to launch the School of Hospitality first.
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