The organization began as a project between our two companies, Piehole.TV and ProcurementExpress.com. Both companies have their HQ is in Somerset East, South Africa.
Somerset East is a town of 18,000 people, with over 50% unemployment. Priscilla and James Kennedy, along Marno Watson, founded the program in 2017.
Each Nerd Academy cohort takes a small group of 10 people, and teaches critical digital skills in the areas of digital marketing, customer service, project management or coding/animation skills.
We also teach nerds the principles of good customer service, rocking a CV , as well as pitching for, and winning business online.
We then try to place nerds in paid-for internships or full time employment within our own companies, or with other companies in our network.