GIVE YOUR CHILD A FUTURE OF FREEDOM

Many school leavers do not have options once they have matriculated and are in limbo with no clear direction.

Academia Abilitas provides a “Gap Year Replacement” that will simultaneously deliver an accredited certification and empower your child with the necessary skills and knowledge to become highly employable locally and internationally.

We give school leavers a viable and practical alternative, with international opportunities. 

Students leave Academia Abilitas with a sense of self-worth and confidence, prepared to meet the challenges of real-life.  

Global Opportunities

We've researched the short skills lists of major countries around the world and created a course that all but guarantees employment both locally and abroad.

18 Months

That's all it takes to complete and achieve competancy in the seventeen courses and six month internship.

Work Experience

The Academia Abilitas programme is unique in that it includes a six month internship for hands-on real-world experience and delivers a CV to each student with their certification.

Affordable

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Course Details

This intense, targeted, practical and experiential course is completed over 18 months and three semesters.
It will prepare individuals to stand out from their peers and perform with distinction on a consistent basis. 

This is not an academic degree course, but aims to ensure that students have practical, real-life skills that will allow them to earn a living and deliver value to the labour market. At the end of the student’s journey with us through this course, they will have a CV to present to prospective employers indicating that they have also acquired practical experience on a working commercial farm for a period of 6 months.

This course will equip each student with the ability to gain targeted knowledge in specific areas of expertise pertaining to basic agriculture, transport and advanced life skills. These skills are on many short skills lists of countries around the world e.g. USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Russia, meaning that students will be employable internationally.

Semester 1

6 months of academic and practical courses followed by a 4 week break.

Semester 2

4 months of academic and practical courses followed by a 4 week break.

Semester 3

6 months of practical internship on a working farm.

65 days

NQF 3 Accredited Training (on campus)

We provide our students with in-house, face-to-face training on campus with registered facilitators.

○ Customer Relations
○ Apply Basic Business Principals in Agriculture
○ Transport and Service Delivery
○ Firefighting Basics
○ Convery Livestock
○ First Aid
○ Firearm Competency
○ Handling and use of a Firearm
○ Code 14 Truck License - Horse & Trailer

On completion of these courses, students will have practical skills that they can apply that will enable them to communicate and engage with role players in the industry effectively, understand and apply basic principles relating to the business of agriculture, be able to deal with most emergency situations, be competent to operate forklifts, tractors, conveyance of livestock and be licenced to drive a truck with horse and trailer. They will also be competent to possess and handle a firearm.

On completion of these courses, students will be issued with an accredited certification.

32 days

Additional Basic Training (off campus)

Students will be equipped with Advanced Life Skills that will enable them to assist in the following areas; basic plumbing, electricity and wiring, basic building, basics of diesel and petrol mechanics and meat processing (learning about different cuts of meat) as well as learning to cook on an open fire and to be self-sufficient. They will also receive training in basic woodwork and safe use of electrical drill, saw and tools.

The following off-campus, non-accredited courses are run by our accredited training providers.

○ Plumbing
○ Electrical
○ Woodwork
○ Petrol Diesel Mechanic
○ Meat Processing
○ Cooking on Fire (outdoors)
○ Buiding, Tiling and Plastering

83 days

Industry Related Training

○ Fertiliser Advisors' Course - Fertasa / FACTS
○ Basic Animal Health - SAAHA
○ Plant and Animal Health and Nutrition - TIMAC
○ Handling and Administration of Animal Vaccines - MSD
○ Environmental Pest Identification - BAYER
○ Pesticide Management and Application - BAYER

These will enable students to enter the corporate environment (advising farmers on ranges of products appropriate to their specific needs) or to work on a commercial farm (being able to handle, manage and apply plant and animal products). 

180 days

Practical Farm Internship

After completion of the academic programme, students will be placed out on different commercial farms by Academia Abilitas where they will, under the guidance of a skilled commercial farmer, be educated on the specific outcomes, requirements and needs of a commercial farm.

○ Apply learned skills in a real commercial farm setting
○ Gain first-hand experience of managing typical farm challenges 
○ Engage and interact with other employees
○ Enhance interpersonal communication skills

And assist with:
○ Repairing and maintaining farm implements and machinery
○ Calibrating planters and farm equipment
○ Controlling disease and managing plant and animal health 

On completion of the internship, students will receive a CV and a certificate of competence.

By the end of the 18 months, students will have their certification for accredited training, CV with work experience & contactable references and a certificate of competence.

Registration

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Resources

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In Proud Partnership

FERTASA (Fertiliser Association of South Africa)

Facilitates the fertiliser advisors’ training course which is delivered over 6 weeks face-to-face on campus. The course is aimed at improving the skills of fertilizer advisors. After completion of this course, students are issued with a FACTS certificate which will enable them to enter the corporate environment, advising farmers on fertilizers and their applications. 

SAAHA (South African Animal Health Association)

The Basic Animal Health course provides an overview of the animal health industry and aims to set a minimum standard for people active in the industry. This is a SAQA accredited course (South African Qualification Authority) and students will be certified as competent against the specific unit standards. This also gives students the opportunity to enter the corporate environment and advise farmers on animal health and feed. 

Bayer

Bayer is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of insecticides. Biological insecticides are part of crop protection practices worldwide. They give farmers a new effective option, allowing them to vary their pest control measures and prevent the potential development of resistance. These products comply with the tenets of integrated pest management. They can be applied multiple times and even shortly before the harvest. As such, biologicals are an important tool in sustainable agriculture.  Bayer will give a 5-day course on the identification of pests in the environment and the management and application of relevant pesticides to address the identified problems.  

MSD Animal Health

MSD Animal Health is one of the world's leading animal health companies. The company is dedicated to the research and development, production and marketing of innovative, high quality animal health products. The company's product range includes vaccines, anti-parasitics, anti-infectives, endocrine products for regulation and improvement of breeding performance, feed additives and productivity enhancers for ruminants, companion animals, pigs and poultry. They will provide basic training on the handling and administering of vaccines for animal inoculations.  

Timac AGRO South Africa

Timac AGRO are plant and animal nutrition experts, renowned across the industry for providing innovative eco-solutions that meet global food challenges. Farmers trust in their guidance and expertise in agronomy and animal nutrition as they help farmers get the best possible return on their investment. Timac AGRO provides tailor-made solutions to farmer’s agricultural needs, specific to their crops, climate, and soils. They cover the full spectrum of plant and animal nutrition. Timac AGRO will present a 3-day intense course on both plant and animal health and nutrition from a very practical perspective.  

Pricing & Payment Options

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Terms & Conditions

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○ A contract will be entered into between Academia Abilitas, the student and the farmer for this period.
○ The farmers will be sourced and approved at the sole discretion of Academia Abilitas.
○ The student agrees to abide by strict rules and regulations during this period in order to safe guard all parties for any industry related liabilities.
○ Non-adherence or non-compliance will result in immediate suspension and removal from the farm at the sole discretion of Academia Abilitas.
○ During this period, it will be a prerequisite that the student be enrolled with a registered medical aid scheme, at the expense of the student. 
○ The student will perform duties without remuneration on the farm and will in return receive basic training on the practical working of a commercial farm as well as board and lodging. 

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About Us

Academia Abilitas is a registered (Pty) Ltd Company, registered with the Registrar of Companies South Africa. Our main focus is to provide education in basic agriculture, transport and advanced life skills in order to prepare school leavers to enter the labour market with accredited certifications and recognised courses with major role players in the agri-sector as well as practical experience on farms and in the workplace.

Being a private company, we contract with registered and accredited service providers in Higher and Further Education which are BBBEE compliant and provide SETA and NQF accredited courses. This means that students can trust the quality of the course content. On completion of the 18-month course, they will be issued with a recognised Certificate indicating the accrediting bodies. 

We provide training to school-leavers in a disciplined environment, where adherence to strict policies, disciplinary codes, basic ethics and morals are imperative. Failure to meet the high standards and treasured values of our academic institution will be met with immediate action that may result in permanent suspension from the institution.

We deliver an intense, targeted, practical and experiential course that will prepare individuals to stand out from their peers and perform with distinction on a consistent basis.

We produce disciplined, trustworthy and principled individuals that we can introduce with pride and confidence to an evolving and competitive labour market, both locally and internationally.

Our Vision

Academia Abilitas promotes employability in the agricultural sector by providing relevant, high-quality and practical skills development courses that will add real value to farmers and transform the agri-sector for a sustainable tomorrow.

Our Mission

Academia Abilitas facilitates the learning of relevant skills that will add real value to farmers and help them solve some of the key challenges they face on their farms daily. Our hands-on course will equip people with practical skills and real-life experience that will make them a valuable team member on any farm.  

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