Keystone Project Recruitment (KPR), an established technical recruitment company, identified a shortage of black women entering the engineering (mining, petrochemical and construction) industries. Recognising that much of the challenge lay in access to suitable education and training opportunities, KPR established Keystone Women Youth Development Funding NPC (KFYDF) in 2016.
Subsequently rebranded to Keystone Youth Academy (KYA), the Not for Profit Company seeks to empower Black youth, principally women and disabled, to access skills and experience to enable their entrance into the engineering sector.
The skills development and empowerment of black youth, principally women and disabled, through training and coaching, rendering them employable individuals with the desirable skills to enter the workforce.
To create a credible Training Academy providing comprehensive training in both professional and personal skillsets, to predominantly black women and disabled youth. In addition to enabling programme graduates to enter the workforce as personally empowered and suitably equipped individuals, the Academy will also seek to achieve transformation within the industry by supplying candidates for employment from the desired designated groups.
- Empowerment of black youth, principally women, towards market readiness by means of a comprehensive and balanced training and coaching programme, specifically designed to enable their successful entry into the industrial workforce.
- Extending the ambit of the training provided to include individuals living with disabilities, specifically deafness, and enabling their successful entry into the workforce.
- Identify and deliver the maximum benefit to companies contributing to B-BBEE Skills Development via the KYA Programme.