Category: Academy News

PosterFThe 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.

Written by : Investec

Designed by: Ronald

Umuzi Academy 2015 begins
How do you continue to take an organization to the next level? Heading into our  7th year of operation Umuzi Photo Club has continued to build a better organization committing to making more sustainable development in creativity.
Looking back its hard to believe this is the same organization that went into Diepsloot in Jan 2009. From strategizing workshops in David Dini’s bedroom to having a brand spanking new office with 11 full time employees, 60 interns and 800 square meters of creativity in the center of Johannesburg.
Umuzi Academy 2015 begins
This will be our second year of running the Umuzi academy and this year we are doing things slightly differently.
1) We are bringing all the education in house and getting industry professionals to support recruits in their learning journey
2) We are now opening up the learning journey in 4 streams, Photography, Graphic Design, Copywriting, Digital community management.
3) We are growing our Photographic agency into a full blown agency specifically looking at the mass market.
Umuzi Academy 2015 begins
On January 28th we welcomed 70 recruits through the door to what we are calling the Umuzi bootcamp. Potential candidates will be put through there paces of what it means to be a creative, Umuzi style, and at the end of the month only 60 will remain.
Umuzi Academy 2015 begins
Some think of this as harsh and not very “developmental” We believe this is crucial to the success of all of our candidates. You need to want it, you need to earn it and you need to push to become it. Our very own survivor is a way in testing if a candidate has what it takes to become the next generation of creative professional in one year. We recognize this Academy and way of learning isn’t for everyone but for those that make it we are hoping to create a whole bunch of  game changers.
At the end of the month we will report back on some of the events and experiences the boot camp had to offer.
For now Umuzi has begun its 7th year of operation and I couldn’t be more excited and proud in our approach, team, partners recruits and support.
Andrew

My Next step: a look into the future
As Umuzi Photo Club, we pride ourselves in developing the next generation of creative professionals from ekasi who will not only propel their lives but also make a huge impact in their communities. Our success stories lie in the hands of our past, present and future young and passionate people who have participated in our innovative programs like, I Am an Activist, The Power of 50 and Umuzi Academy.
My next step series will feature graduates from our alumni programs reflecting on their journeys and experience – their courses, their activities and their career choices – and how these have affected their transition into employment and spreading their wings. They are ordinary young people just like you. Many of them have taken advantage of their opportunities.
 All have a story to tell that is unique to them and that they are happy to share. 
 
Photos by: Thapelo Motsumi
Written by: Tebogo Mathodlana
Edited: Andrew Levy
Umuzi Academy applications ROUND 2
Did you miss out on the first application round for the Umuzi Academy 2015?
 
Do not stress, we have reserved 20 spots for amazing, young, creative talents from eKasi, who are aspiring to be Graphic Designers, Digital Marketers, and Creative Writers. Now’s your chance to show us why we had to keep a spot for you!
 
Simply fill in these online applications if you have a passion for:
  • Graphic Design apply here
  • Digital Marketing apply here
  • Creative Writing apply here

Hurry, applications close on the 16th of January 2015.

Email recruitmentp50@umuzi.org for more info. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Power of 50 Applicants.


If you have applied for the 2015 Power of 50 program before 10 November 2014 and have not received any feedback, URGENTLY contact us on recruitmentp50@umuzi.org before 08:00 AM, 27 November 2014.

Umuzi spotted on The Star newspaper
Umuzi was recently featured in the The Star newspaper about the Power of 50.  The article showcased the journey of Umuzi since 2009 and the reasoning behind the start of the Power of 50 program in 2014.
We would like to thank Amanda Maliba for the great coverage.
Article by : Amanda Maliba
Published by: The Star ( Workplace Initiative section, page 12)
Date published: 19 November 2014
Image issued by : Thapelo Motsumi
Power of 50 applications deadline extended!
If you missed out on last week’s Power of 50 application closing date, don’t stress, we have opened applications for one more week. The applications deadline has been extended to the 24th November 2014. This means that you still have one more shot to be part of a one year paid internship program that will transform your talent into a successful career. 

  • If you are passionate about Photography, apply here
  • If you are passionate about Drawing / Sketching / Graphic Design, apply here
  • If you are passionate about Writing (advertising) apply here
 
What’s New?
Calling all social media gurus. We got something tailor-made to leverage your special abilities into a successful career in Digital Marketing. Checkout more info and apply here.
Power of 50 Applications closes in 2 Days!
There are only 2 days left before we close applications for the 2015 Power of 50 program. Here is an opportunity for you to be part of A ONE YEAR PAID internship program that will enable you to turn your talent into a successful career. If you have not yet applied or have experienced problems applying, please follow link below to a specific career path of your choice.

Are you passionate about Photography? Apply here

Are you passionate about Drawing / Sketching / Graphic Design? Apply here
Are you passionate about Writing? (advertising) Apply here 

Power of 50 Applications closes in 2 Days!

IMPORTANT
·         Applicants must have completed and passed matric.
·         Applicants must be citizen of South Africa aged between 20-25 years.
·         A mind-blowing portfolio will also increase your chance to be part of next year’s Power of 50 program.

Please email us for any questions. 

You can also Checkout what the 2014 Power of 50 students had to say about their life changing, on-the-job experience






Images by: Thapelo Motsumi, Andrew Soglo, Loyiso Langa

Design: Ashton Hayes

WE ARE HIRING: Creative Director | Senior Art Director | Senior Copywriter
 
Under the direction of the MD of Umuzi Photo Club and the head of Umuzi Academy, we are looking for a vibrant, fresh and hip Creative Director, Senior Art Director and Senior Copywriter to manage the 2015 interns and the Umuzi Academy creativity to achieve our goal of creating the next generation of creative professionals from eKasi.
 
Creative Director 
Johannesburg
Start date: January 5th, 2015 (preference for a part-time start in 2014)
 

Job Description:

Under the direction of the MD of Umuzi Photo Club and the head of Umuzi Academy, the Creative Director is responsible for the creative outlook of the entire organisation. His or her main responsibilities are threefold:
1)   Managing the delivery of creative education to the Umuzi Academy interns and managing the Umuzi Academy faculty to achieve our goal of creating the next generation of creative professionals from eKasi
2)   Managing the delivery of professional creative work, through the Umuzi Agency, including selling, staffing and delivering creative services in a professional, fresh way to achieve our goal of delivering professional services to the creative industry and corporate clients as an independent, sustainable, creative agency
3)   Managing the delivery of internal creative deliverables including exhibitions, traditional and digital content, etc. to achieve our goal of being a thought leader in the creative and education sectors. Read more 
 
Senior Art Director
Johannesburg. 
Start date: January 5th, 2015 (preference for a part-time start in 2014)
Job Description:
Under the direction of the Creative Director of Umuzi Photo Club and the head of Umuzi Academy, the Senior Art Director is responsible for the Graphic Design stream of the entire organization. Senior Art Director has a proven ability to translate a marketing strategy into compelling creative concepts, and ensure that clients’ goals are met when developing and executing ideas. His or her main responsibilities are threefold:
1)   Delivering the Graphic Design creative education to the Umuzi Academy interns and managing the Umuzi Academy interns to achieve our goal of creating the next generation of creative professionals from eKasi
2)   Delivering professional Art Direction/Graphic Design, through the Umuzi Agency, including selling, staffing and delivering graphic design services in a professional, fresh way to achieve our goal of delivering professional services to the creative industry and corporate clients as an independent, sustainable, creative agency
3)   Delivering of internal Art Direction/Graphic Design deliverables including exhibitions, traditional and digital content, etc. to achieve our goal of being a thought leader in the creative and education sectors. Read more
 
Senior Copywriter 
Johannesburg. 
Start date: January 5th, 2015 (preference for a part-time start in 2014)
Job Description:
Under the direction of the Creative Director and the head of Umuzi Academy, the Senior Copywriter is responsible for the copywriting stream of the entire organization. Senior Copywriters have a proven ability to translate a marketing strategy into compelling creative concepts, and ensure that client’ goals are met when developing and executing ideas. His or her main responsibilities are threefold:
1)   Delivering the copywriting creative education to the Umuzi Academy interns and managing the Umuzi Academy interns to achieve our goal of creating the next generation of creative professionals from eKasi
2)   Delivering professional copywriting work, through the Umuzi Agency, including selling, staffing and delivering copywriting services in a professional, fresh way to achieve our goal of delivering professional services to the creative industry and corporate clients as an independent, sustainable, creative agency
3)   Delivering internal copywriting deliverables including exhibitions, traditional and digital content, etc. to achieve our goal of being a thought leader in the creative and education sectors. Read more 
 
Applicants interested in the position please send an email with the following:
  • Subject line of position applying for
  • Cover letter no more than 200 words
  • Resume
  • Your portfolio
  • Any other information that will make us think that you are the one.

Please send applications to bushera.bashir@umuzi.org

 
 
 
Design: Sean Dalasile 
APPLICATIONS CLOSES IN 7 DAYS!

 

Do you want to be a creative professional?
* Do you have an amazing body of work that will blow us away?
* Are you a 20-25 year old South African citizen?
* Are you living in JHB, passed your Matric but do not have the resources to study?
*Are you ready to work hard to transform your talent into a successful career?
Create your future and Apply NOW to be part of a one year paid internship in 2015!

APPLICATIONS CLOSES IN 7 DAYS!
Scan QR code to access application form.
Are you passionate about Photography?
We are looking for young individuals who have a passion for the creative industry and have been applying their creativity through photography. Our programme will give individuals a chance to improve their skills in photography as well as discover other options
to become a creative professional. 
Apply here
Are you passionate about Drawing / Sketching / Graphic Design?
Now here, we are looking for young individuals who have a passion for the creative industry and have been applying their creativity through drawing illustration and graphic design. We offer an opportunity to follow their passion and transform it into a profession. This program is not for Fine artists. 
Apply here
Are you passionate about Writing? (advertising)
Lastly, we are looking for individuals who are passionate about coming up with new idea and transforming it into catchy and relevant pieces of writing (slogan, strategies…) We are aiming at enabling these individuals to be placed as Copywriters (writers in the advertising world) 
Apply here 
This program is NOT for book writers, aspiring journalists or rappers

HURRY! APPLICATIONS CLOSE 14 NOVEMBER.