Founded by 2 former ex-inmates as a disruptive solution to pathways out of poverty and crime which continues to ravage our communities. We up-skill in marketable skills and create channels and opportunities for inclusive economy using technology to empower, advance and promote sustainable livelihoods. Our core business focuses on training female and male unemployed youth, teenage mothers, high school drop outs, ex-offenders and offenders in coding, design, soft skills as well as entrepreneurial skills to help them escape the grinding cycle of poverty and crime which characterizes so many of their lives.

Coding is an aspirational job skill, which is not only in high demand globally but is also well paid. We provide free training to the population groups that are in greatest need of such job skills - yet have the least access due to their marginalised situations - we hope to reduce inequality, poverty and criminal activity, and ignite technological revolutions in previously hopeless and unlikely places.

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Overview

Quirky 30 is a Not for Profit Company and a Public Benefit Organisation with BEE Level 1 status, we align our work with the Framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. Our digital skills training programme is addressing the high unemployment rate amongst youth - which can exceed 70% in these communities - who have little chance of securing jobs due to a mismatch between their skills - if any - and the job market. For our students in prison, or ex-offenders, the recidivism rate is estimated to be over 80% because inmates are released with totally inadequate skills to successfully reintegrate into the economy and society. This perpetuates the cycle of many social ills and leads to crime.

Our competitive edge!

Our training is superior because it is free, it is highly accessible, it is customised to the needs of our target beneficiaries in partnership with international communities and finally it is delivered by people who have similar backgrounds and therefore understand the hardships and challenges faced by our students.

Impact of innovation solution on social needs!

Quirky 30 NPC has developed a powerful, impactful model. We have a bold vision of turning impoverished communities and prisons from gangster-ridden crime hubs offering very few opportunities and hope into dynamic and vibrant tech hubs which can have a national and global impact. With appropriate resources, we can roll this out to directly change tens of thousands of lives. Indirectly, by showing that transformation is possible anyway, we can catalyse other powerful social innovations in the ecosystems where we work.

Business Model

We have a two-pronged approach to sustainability. The first, we have registered a full profit business named Quirky Innovations Pty as a revenue-generating arm to bring in income through development of projects done by our qualified coders - providing them with their first jobs, secondly since we since we train previously disadvaged youth in technology skills that are highly in demand globally, we look at partnering with potential hiring partners to contribute financially to the development of potential candidates/employees.

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Meet the A-Team

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others? - Martin Luther King Jr

Sihle Tshabalala

Chief Executive Officer

Fatima Fenton

Lead Instructor

Tim Falls

Advisor and Strategist

Mzimkhulu Colin Duda

Managing Director

Services

Our 1 year free Digital Skills Course entails 8 months intensive and 4 months on the job training with our Full Profit Business | Quirky Innovations Pty

Coding

Our Web and Mobile Development curriculum is powered by GA, New York. We train in HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Firebase, Nodejs and Ruby on Rails. General Assembly is a pioneer in education and career transformation, specializing in today’s most in-demand skills.

Graphic Design

Our creative course is powered by Adobe US, offering training in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign and Adobe Lightroom.

Skills 2 Succeed

The Skills to Succeed Academy is an innovative online employability learning solution, created specifically to meet the needs of jobseekers. It has a design appealing to 15-24 year olds but the content is relevant to all ages. It offers 42 hours of highly interactive online training and support materials, that take learners through the entire journey of finding a job.

AWS

This training is sponsored and delivered by A Cloud Guru (The #1 community-sourced collection of cloud computing articles curated and published by A Cloud Guru. We are on a mission to teach the world to cloud.), offering Certified Solutions Architect - Associate 2017, Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate 2017 and Certified Developer - Associate 2017.