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Career Academies

Good Work Foundation currently runs four career-focused adult learning academies on its Hazyview Digital Learning Campus: the IT Academy, the Hospitality Academy, the Conservation Academy and the Facilitator Academy.

Our Bridging Year Academy graduates are often recruited into these advanced academies, which are linked to industries in the Greater Kruger National Park area.

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Programme Stats

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Number of Staff

9

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Number of Students

65

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Core programme attributes

By focusing on students' particular interests, Good Work Foundation's career training academies aim to grow these young people into highly employable graduates in industries specific to the areas in which GWF operates.

The academies aim to connect students with meaningful employment opportunities in travel and tourism (in particular, hospitality and conservation), IT and facilitation, or employment in our own business process outsourcing (BPO) centre on campus.

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About our academies

  • Conservation Academy
    This year-long programme prepares students for working in conservation as Level 1 field guides, accredited by the Field Guides Association of South Africa (FGASA). The programme has robust theoretical and practical components. Being a guide is a sought-after career in this area, the heart of South Africa’s wildlife and eco-tourism industries.
  • Hospitality Academy
    This year-long programme is run in partnership with the South African College of Tourism and focuses on table service, housekeeping, barista and general hospitality skills. Graduates of this academy leave ready to take up positions in lodges, restaurants and hotels.
  • IT Academy
    With South Africa having firmly embraced the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the demand for IT professionals keeps increasing year after year. Our IT Academy taps into the growing need for these digital skills.The IT Academy offers a one-year further education and training certificate in technical support, enabling students to become CompTIA secure infrastructure analysts and Level 1 IT support engineers.
  • Facilitator Academy
    The Facilitator Academy trains facilitators to work within the education space. Students develop facilitation skills that are applicable to both children and adults in the teaching and learning process.The academy is guided by core modules, focusing on building a positive culture of learning, creating stimulating learning environments, and shifting the paradigms of traditional teaching and learning. The ultimate aim is to equip facilitators to increase each learner’s independence and confidence in their own abilities, making them active participants in the learning process.
Programme Details:
Curriculum: Conservation Academy, Hospitality Academy, IT Academy, Facilitator Academy
Programme Managers: Sibusiso Mnisi, Promise Mpangane, Tshepiso Thelingoane-Moshesh, Bheki Mashaba
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Testimonials

  • “Investec is a proud supporter of the Good Work Foundation digital learning campus model. I have seen first-hand how this innovative South African team is reimagining education so that more young Africans are part of a digital future.”
    — Fani Titi, CEO of Investec
  • “Absa is one of the long-standing donors supporting the vision and mission of the Good Work Foundation. Our support continues because of the great and sustainable impact we see them realise in the communities they work in.”
    — Sazini Mojapelo, former managing executive for corporate citizenship at Absa Group
  • “We have been so blessed to have been founding partners of the Good Work Foundation’s story, from its 1997 dreams to its vision, creation and humble beginnings in 2012 to now.”
    — Dave Varty, co-founder and owner of Londolozi Game Reserve
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Career Academies Managers

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Sibusiso Mnisi

Conservation Academy Manager

How would you describe your personal brand?

My personal brand is to grow young people and transform the community through GWF’s ecosystem of learning and working.

What are your goals and aspirations?

My goal is to equip people from the community with necessary skills for jobs in conservation.

What do you consider to be your most impressive achievements?

For the past three years, I have used different facilitation methods, which have seen my students achieve a 100% pass rate. Most of the conservation graduates now work in surrounding game reserves.

What's one quirky or fun fact about you?

I am a very reserved and shy person and sometimes find it very difficult to approach people.

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Promise Mpangane

Facilitator Academy Manager

How would you describe your personal brand?

I can teach students how to properly utilise their skills in the world of information technology and I strive to create an environment where students are encouraged to think critically, learn to analyse and solve problems.

What are your goals and aspirations?

My goal is to teach my students how to use social media platforms to market their skills and offer services online or remotely, increase employability opportunities and close the gap of unemployment. I want to help my students reach their goals and generate revenue through the skills I teach.

What do you consider to be your most impressive achievements?

I am helping to change the lives for the better of rural youth, by providing skills and knowledge to elevate their way of thinking. I can understand and respond to the needs of rural communities, allowing for more conversational interactions to help improve young people’s lives.

What's one quirky or fun fact about you?

I can analyse and comprehend complex information in information technology, making me useful for tasks such as summarising and breaking down difficult concepts to make them simpler and more easily understandable.

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Tshepiso Thelingoane-Moshesh

Hospitality Academy Manager

How would you describe your own personal brand? 

I am passionate about supporting positive changes in people's lives, no matter how small or large, and I believe that this can be achieved by educating and sharing information with those around me. Being in an educational or training setting also helps my brand to grow.

What are your goals and aspirations?

To continuously make a good difference in people's lives, whether it be by making them smile or by sharing the program's contents and my knowledge to brighten their futures.

What do you consider to be your most impressive achievements?

With the groups I started with, we had a 100% pass rate with no dropouts. We also introduced enjoyable activities to help our students improve their abilities, including the coffee competition.

What's one quirky or fun fact about you?

Even though I dance well, I don't look like that! 

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Bheki Mashaba

Facilitator Academy Manager

How would you describe your personal brand?

I am disciplined and reliable. I try to stay positive in every situation. I value education and love seeing young people working to better themselves and those around them.

What are your goals and aspirations?

My aspirations and goals are to help people reach their greatness and get opportunities I did not get growing up. I believe that through my line of work, this is very possible.

What do you consider to be your most impressive achievements?

My most impressive achievements have to be landing a management position working with young and enthusiastic people, and, most importantly, seeing them getting jobs and opportunities to study further.

What's one quirky or fun fact about you?

I have a challenge with big words and people’s name pronunciations.

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