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Velisa Africa

The Velisa Africa Academy was founded in 2007, principally to provide youth work-readiness programmes in the Media and Information Communications and Technology (MICT) sectors (originally named the Shoden Academy
Our core business lies within the ICT sector where we provide comprehensive youth development training initiatives for the Data Analytics, Project Management, Software development and Data Centre environment. We also assist with employment of our interns after the programme

We partner with international and local product vendors, businesses and individuals in addressing the skills shortage in the ICT sector.

Our activities cater for both the South African and the broader African market segments and offers a unique value proposition to all participants, providing a trustworthy and reliable pipeline of skilled ICT resources for the market and experience for our trainees. Our workplace-readiness training programmes for IT have been reviewed as producing “excellent results”.

We are best known for our specialised skills development solutions which we craft directly in accordance with customer requirements – whether in high-end ICT technologies, relationship-orientated environments, or small business capacity building.

Our Vision and Mission


  • To be a world-class and sought-after place of learning and a trusted partner to our customers.
  • To see a local economy where good competent skills are instantly available, where there is choice for employment and where young people have the confidence in their innate skills and value to choose whether they would like to be employed or self-employed.
  • To see youth are invested with the skills to be productive, the experience to apply their skills and knowledge and the independent vision to deploy their skills and capabilities wisely.
  • To offer business support services, thereby creating an employment pipeline for those youth incubated through us

We are committed to boosting the economy with youth development and relevant, high-quality training and customer support in an environment conducive to effective learning. We are also committed to the growth and support of small business.

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