The Umuzi Academy is a wonderful opportunity aimed at empowering and enabling young people to become active economic participants in society. The programme is a partnership between Investec, Umuzi Photo Club, Vega, the Creative Circle and the Da Vinci Institute. First piloted in 2014, the 12-month long learnership programme is aimed at affording 20 to 25 year olds a platform from which to start their learning journey as creative professionals.
Investec’s active participation in The Umuzi Academy is a good fit given our long-standing support of youth development through various educational and entrepreneurial initiatives. The Umuzi Academy’s appeal lies in the learnership structure and format – suitably designed for a combination of theoretical and practical on-the-job learning for young inspirational people with a creative passion. As one of the pivotal founding partners of this initiative, Investec’s intention is to facilitate other opportunities which not only recognises and nurtures young talent but would be an empowering avenue for those with a keen interest to carve a future for themselves.
To mark a full year of dedication, resilience and hard work on the part of participants and all partners, The Umuzi Academy is hosting its first graduation on Thursday 25 June 2015. The Power of 50 Graduation is no doubt a significant milestone for all involved; it’s a celebration of the power of partnership. Thanks to all our partners: Umuzi, Vega School of Brand Leadership, and the Da Vinci Institute for their part in making this programme a success. Umuzi’s tireless project management efforts and desire to make a significant contribution to South Africa is to be commended. The support of the Creative Circle also needs acknowledgement. Most importantly, it is a celebration of youngsters for whom good is just not good enough.
This graduation is a celebration of those who quickly realised that dreams without actions will remain just dreams. It’s really a celebration of capacity within our youth who have once again confirmed that potential and an appropriate opportunity, coupled with perseverance and hard work, can meaningfully change lives. Congratulations to all our graduates; your hard work has finally paid off – well done.
While most of today’s graduates have been placed in employment within creative agencies, some have chosen to pursue further tertiary studies and others have decided to explore the entrepreneurial route. After a full year of piloting in 2014, the partnership has worked hard to improve where necessary and is looking forward to even better performance this year. For 2015, the initiative has grown significantly. Not only has the number of participants increased from 50 to 60, but the number of streams offered is no longer limited to photography and graphic design, but now also include copy writing and digital marketing.
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