Digital Artisans

The founding partners in this project are WooThemes, RLabs, Silulo, Webgrowth and the GivenGain Foundation South Africa. We have a common vision and objective to make a difference in our city and our nation by providing a stepping-stone for school leavers and the digitally passionate unemployed to get back into the job market.

GROW Leadership Academy  – Application/ Open Day


Not sure what to do after Matric?

Or are you unsure of the direction you’re heading in?


If you answered “YES” to any of the above questions then this is for you.


We as the GROW Leadership Academy Team are passionate about empowering the youth and therefore provide them with vast opportunities through our unique “Play and Learn” approach. Our objective is to equip the youth with all the necessary skills that would be beneficial in a real-life context and assist them with stepping into their chosen career  path.


The GROW Leadership Academy course is currently active in two HUBS, namely, the Rocklands Youth Cafe and RLabs HeadQuarters in Bridgetown.


What will you need to apply?

  • You need to be between the ages of 18-25 years old.
  • Bring along a certified copy of your ID as well as a copy of your latest results (Grade 11/12).
  • Register at RLabs HeadQuarters in Bridgetown or Rocklands Youth Cafe.


What do we have to offer?

Our four components are:

  • Design and Writing Skills
  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Digital


Opportunities and Outcomes  available to all GLA graduates;

  • Digital Bootcamp
  • Internships
  • Entrepreneurship Bootcamp ( Start-up businesses)
  • Community Enrichment
  • Business Pitch


So what are YOU waiting for? Apply now!

Get to the nearest RLabs Office or Youth Cafe and be a part of this AMAZING MOVEMENT!



Do you want to be apart of the GLA team? Apply by simply clicking on the form LINK below OR copy and paste it in a new tab:

Closing date: 28 November 2014

PS: For RLabs Staff ONLY




GROW Leadership Academy Applications Re-Opened!



The GROW Leadership Academy has decided to extend it’s application period until  Tuesday 17 June 2014.
Kindly spread the word should you know of anyone between 18 and 25 years old who might be interested.
Application forms are available at the RLabs front desk (66 Tarentaal road, Bridgetown, Athlone) as well Rocklands Youth Cafe (c/o Park Avenue & Caravelle Road, Rocklands, Mitchell’s Plain.

Contact: RLabs, or (021) 699-1453 & Youth Cafe(021) 391-0292

Applicants are encouraged to bring along a certified copy of their ID, grade 11 or 12 results.



Applications are available for the GROW Leadership Academy 2nd Semester 2014


The GROW Leadership Academy is a post grade 11 or Matric level Academy that offers an inspiring and innovative programme in Digital Technology, Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Community Development for young people between the ages 18 and 25. The 18 week programme for 2nd semester will run from July to November.

Our vision and objective is to make a difference in South Africa by providing a stepping stone for youth to get back into the job market, run businesses and be leaders of our country.

Applications will be available in Bridgetown and Rocklands until the 31 May 2014 between 9am – 5pm.

Where: RLabs, 66 Tarentaal road, Bridgetown & Youth Cafe, Shop 15, Rocklands Shopping Mall, c/o Park Avenue & Caravelle Street, Rocklands, Mitchells Plain

Contact: RLabs, or (021) 699-1453 & Youth Cafe, (021) 391-0292

Applicants are encouraged to bring along a certified copy of their ID, grade 11 or 12 results.


Applications open next week for the GROW Leadership Academy


The prestigious GROW Leadership Academy have graduated more than 300 students since its inception in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. It has pioneered developing young leaders in areas such as Leadership, Community Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology.

Due to the success of our 2013 graduates and continuous support by our partners, RLabs will be providing scholarships worth more than R6.75 Million to young people who would like to attend the GROW Leadership Academy in 2014. The GROW Leadership Academy is specifically aimed at young people aged 18 to 25, who have completed at least Grade 11 and who can commit to the 18 week programme.

The first call for applications in Cape Town will be held on the 10th and 11th of December 2013 at the RLabs head office in Bridgetown (66 Tarentaal Road, Bridgetown, Cape Town). Scholarship applications will be available between 9am and 7pm and prospective students are encouraged to bring along a certified copy of their ID to apply at the office.

Where: RLabs, 66 Tarentaal Road, Bridgetown, Cape Town
Time: 9am to 7pm
Requirements: Youth aged 18 to 25 with a minimum of Grade 11.

GROW Leadership Academy Graduation 2013

Celebration Time AGAIN!!! 

The GROW Leadership Academy has trained about 360 young people since its launch in 2011. Facilitators are empowering them with Digital, Entrepreneurship and Leadership skills.

We are  proud to announce that these individuals have successfully completed the 6-month programme. The majority of these individuals have consistently shown determination and perseverance in the duration of the 10 week online course with Get Smarter. The  life changing opportunity that they have been granted, they are currently in the process of unselfishly giving back to their communities by implementing the digital, entrepreneurial and life skills.

We look forward to immense  excitement as we celebrate the success of the 5th generation 1st semester students.

Grow Leadership Vibrant


GROW: 5 day Digital Bootcamp: 26-30 August 2013


The Grow Academy has some big news for all the 1st semester GROW Leadership Academy recruits that have successfully completed the ISU Getsmarter course. We believe that some have swallowed the text book and achieved amazing results. We are truly excited to have the twenty top students join us for a week long Digital Bootcamp.

The experts  understand that to drive success and assist the individuals in becoming ‘Awesome Digital Artisans’ they need to “Work Hard and Play Hard” and we guarantee that is what they will experience.

The bootcamp will consist of modules in Social Media, Web Design and Development, SEO and Crowdraising.

Have an awesome weekend and will see the recruits bright and early rain or shine Monday Morning.


GROW Leadership Academy

GrowZA Recruits

 The GROW Leadership Academy offers young people aged 18 – 25 with an extensive programme in community development, government, entrepreneurship, Digital Technology, social innovation and leadership. This offering is in partnership with founding members Given Gain, WooThemes, Silulo Technologies, GetSmarter and Web Growth. The GROW Leadership Academy also provides the young people with an opportunity for an internship and to start their own innovative businesses. The programme is currently being co-funded by USAID and DG Murray Trust.



Summer Bootcamp Week 3

It’s January 2013 and  Week 3 of the Summer Bootcamp is marching our way. The guys over at Woothemes will have their part to play in this battlefield to assist our participants to conquer Wordpress.

Week three is happening from the 7th – 11th January 2013 at the RLabs space in Cape Town.

Summer Bootcamp 2012

We look forward to seeing our graduates early in December as we kick off  the 6 Phase Bootcamp.

In week two  we will be focusing on Social Media & The RLabs team has exciting activities in-store for the graduates and it will be a week to remember.

HINT: Expect a different theme for each day


Week two is happening from the 10th – 14st December 2012 at the RLabs space in Cape Town.

Creating Digital Artisans

Before Web 2.0, high school graduates would either enter into tertiary education or take up an artisan trade. Today, with the innovations of social media, apps and content management platforms like WordPress, school leavers can find jobs building the world around them, not with bricks and cement, but out of clicks and content. Much like traditional artisans such as electricians and mechanical technicians, training is a combination of theory and practical instruction under the guidance of an expert. The GROW Academy recreates this environment through boot camps that cover theory lead by an industry expert. Students are then given an opportunity to practice their skills on the Internet under guidance.


Refresher BootCamp 2012

Bootcamp on the move.

We are thrilled to announce that we are moving toward the 6 Phase Bootcamp which will run over a period of 6 weeks. This Bootcamp is aimed at all past graduates who are interested in being apart of a more intense digital experience.

Week One of the 6 Phase Bootcamp is an introduction to the 6 Phase Bootcamp. Week One is happening from the 17th – 21st September 2012 at the Rlabs space in Cape Town.

Please note that you have to be prepared to commit to all 6 weeks of the Bootcamp. These are the dates:

Week One: 17 – 21 September 2012

Week Two: 10 – 14 December 2012

Week Three: 7 – 11 January 2013

Week Four: 14 – 18 January 2013

Week Five: 21 – 25 January 2013

Week Six: 28 January – 1 February 2013

It is important to note that unfortunately we will only be accepting 20 applicants therefore don’t delay APPLY NOW!! as the closing date is 7 September 2012.

Click here to apply –> Application Form


Internship Programme

Graduates from the GROW Academy Boot Camp are offered the opportunity to practically apply the skills they’ve learned as interns, hosted by local non-profit organisations. This is a great opportunity for them to apply their skills in social media, web design, SEO and crowdraising, in a practical environment. These non-profit organisations are all based in the greater Cape Town area and will act as hosts and mentors during the Internship Programme. Completing an internship not only gives a person practical experience, but also increases their appeal to future employers.

To apply click here


GROW 2012 Winter Bootcamp is here

We are excited to announce that the GROW 2012 Winter Bootcamp is here! The bootcamp is aimed at school leavers and the unemployed who are passionate about everything digital. The bootcamp will take place 9 – 13 July 2012 at the RLabs space in Cape Town.  For  more information you can contact:



Boot Camp 2012

The first Boot Camp for 2012 took place from 9-13 January at GivenGain’s premises in Stellenbosch. 20 recruits from Stellenbosch, Athlone and Khayelitsha were enrolled in the week-long program consisting of modules in Social Media, Web Design and Development, SEO, and Crowdraising. The aim of the Boot Camp programme is to provide a stepping-stone for school leavers and the digitally passionate unemployed to get back into the job market.

UCT Internet Super User Course and Business Writing Course

GetSmarter in collaboration with the The University of Cape Town and the GROW Academy, is pleased to offer a short course to the Boot Camp graduates after they have completed the five day training.

We want our GROW recruits to become highly skilled and accredited by outstanding international institutions – digital artisans building with ‘clicks’ instead of bricks.

GROW Boot Camp graduates will have the opportunity to take these courses for a nominal fee:

Stay posted for more exciting learning opportunities!

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