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Lerato Mphagi – Success Story


After Matric, I did part time jobs as I was not accepted at any tertiary institution to study further. I then forwarded my CV to the Department of Labour. And what followed was nothing short of amazing. I was offered a bursary to attend a course at the African Academy for the academic year of 2007, to study Draughting.

I successfully completed the course and commenced work for Bateman (now TENOVA) from 2008. I was retrenched in 2009 due to the recession. This did not disappoint me, instead I used this time to study further by registering for Mechanical Engineering.

Whilst looking for a Draughting job, I got a job at a retail store as a gift wrapper and eventually becoming a customer service assistant. It was late in 2010 when I was offered a job in the Draughting field. An EPCM company was looking for a trainee draughtswomen and they hired me. I worked there as a junior 3D modeller for 3 years (2011-2014) in this company when an Engineering repairs company head-hunted me.

I currently work in this company as an AutoCAD operator (2D and 3D modelling of client specific drawings) and assisting with the Quality Management System of the company doing ISO 9001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 internal auditing.

This company is so impressed with my 3D skills that they offered to send me for training in Solidworks which I am currently attending at the AA. The AA has been the only way in which I was able to secure a proper career in some field and have an opportunity to up-skill myself.

If it were not for the AA, I shudder to think what my future would have been – meagre with little possibilities of upskilling.

I thank the AA most sincerely from my heart for all they have done for me. God Bless the AA…

The African Academy was established in 1994 to address the critical need for well-trained and skilled Draughtspersons, and to contribute towards reducing unemployment in South Africa. The African Academy is recognized as one of Africa’s leading Draughting Education & Training Institutions. The African Academy has proven its worth by achieving an above 80% pass rate and an above 80% placement of graduates in employment. Industry attests to the high calibre of graduate that the African Academy produces.