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Forge Academy launches 4IR AWS and Community Construction programmes for East Rand youth in partnership with Sibanye-Stillwater

by Tia

Forge Academy & Labs’ mission of bringing next-generation technical education to young people took another exciting step forward today with the launching of a new training centre and courses in partnership with Sibanye-Stillwater, a multinational mining and metals processing group.

Speaking at the launch, Forge Co-founder and CEO Craig Clutty said:

“Today, we stand at the threshold of a new era, an era where technology not only shapes our daily lives but also holds the promise to address some of our continent’s most enduring challenges. It is my utmost pleasure to welcome you, our bright young minds, to the exciting world of technology education, an opportunity made possible by the generous sponsorship of this programme by Sibanye-Stillwater.”

The training centre is kicking off with two 12-month programmes offering certification courses in Amazon Web Services with Business Analysis, and Community Construction.

The courses will be run from two fully fitted and air-conditioned modular training rooms installed on the grounds of Sibanye-Stillwater’s Precious Metal Refinery (PMR) in Brakpan.

The initiative forms part of the PMR’s community youth development and empowerment programme, and the cohort of 10 students for each course has been drawn from the local communities of Mzumbe/Reedville, Wright Park and Kwa Mkhancwa.

Expressing his enthusiasm for the initiative, Forge Academy’s COO, Tariq Shurmah, explained that those gathered were not there as individuals, but as a community committed to fostering positive change in the economy.

“Bringing this type of training to people without them having to travel to places like Sandton, Randburg or Pretoria is revolutionary. You don’t have to travel far to get these qualifications because now it’s in your community.”

Forge Academy’s training approach aims to equip young people to participate and perform actively in economies built on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Through scenario-based learning, hands-on labs and coursework, students gain the skills they need to start their careers. The training also focuses on professional skills such as adaptive communication, time management, resume building, and interviewing to prepare for employer meetings and interviews.

Explaining the training format, Mr Shurmah said Forge Academy’s programme is more than just a series of workshops; it is a platform for collaboration and shared learning.

Amazon Web Services with Business Analysis

In this course, students will earn international and local certifications.

The business analysis component is rated at an NQF Level 5 and is accredited through the MICT SETA.[1]

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is an international cloud practitioner certification.

Forge Academy is possibly the first training organisation in South Africa to combine the AWS and business analysis certification in one course. This gives graduates the advantage of analysing data in the cloud and sharing relevant insights with their colleagues.

Community Construction

This comprehensive programme will give participants hands-on experience across various disciplines, including bricklaying, plumbing and electrical wiring. Among the aims is to provide course participants with an integrated understanding of all aspects of construction.

Course graduates will earn a full SETA-accredited qualification.

With its exceptionally high graduate placement rate, Forge Academy’s blend of practical and theoretical learning is undoubtedly delivering for its students and their employers.

Congratulating the students for applying for the programme, and coming through the rigorous selection process, Mr Clutty closed his address with these words of encouragement:

“As you embark on this journey, remember that you are not just students; you are pioneers. You are the architects of Africa’s future, the innovators who will harness technology to transform our continent. The road ahead will be challenging, but it is within those challenges that you will find your greatest opportunities.

In conclusion, let this journey be one of discovery, innovation, and impact. The support from Sibanye-Stillwater is a remarkable gift, but what you do with this opportunity will define the legacy you leave for Africa and the world.”

[1] Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT SETA)

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