Forge Academy has launched and introduced a fully inclusive artificial intelligence laboratory in South Africa. Situated in Fourways at The Gantry, Forge Academy has designed a world-class programme for South African youths that is modelled on Finnish education principles and equipped with cutting-edge Nokia smart technology.
Forge Academy will prepare students from all walks of life with theoretical, laboratory and on-the-job training for their participation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the global digital economy.
An incubation hub of this nature is not only students, Forge Academy is working in close association with the Finnish Embassy, Nokia and other corporates to provide an enabling space for start-up businesses that rely on the 4IR technologies. Here they can access special funding, laboratory time, Wi-Fi, think tanks, smart technologies, assistance in product certification and the latest expertise in order to play in this space.
As part of the partnership, Nokia is sponsoring 30 students for a year-long learnership in a Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) certified diploma.
The programme has been designed by Forge Academy in conjunction with Nokia’s global team of 4IR experts and leading Finnish education specialists, with the country’s education watchdog providing oversight.
Once the first intake of students complete the accredited one-year diploma, the hope is that some will start their own businesses, others will further their studies at university (sponsored by Nokia or other companies) and others could join a company where their skills will be needed.
The Academy is also open for paying students who can choose from an array of short courses such as the Basics of Computing and Basics of Coding, which is targeted at children.