THE FUTURE OF
BluLever Education is a demand-led, connected, & innovative vocational education startup. Join us on our journey to empower Africa's artisans with skills for the future.
Africa has 3 major challenges that we are addressing.
Essentially, Africa has a perfect storm on the horizon: a youth bulge, increasing unemployment, and a clear technical skills gap.
1. Youth Bulge
Africa has the most youthful population in the world.
70% of our population is currently under the age of 30, with our average age being just 19.5. This youth bulge is on a trajectory to continue to grow.
2. Increasing Unemployment
By 2035, Africa will have the world's largest workforce, some 1,1 billion people. At this point, 40% of the world's workforce will be African. With no clear solutions the growing unemployment problem is poised to worsten.
3. Technical Skills Gap
By 2050, the populations of Africa's cities will double. We will have over 100 cities with more than a million inhabitants. This rapid urbanisation will require increased infrastructure development and supporting services.
We are solving some of Africa's biggest challenges by upskilling the artisans that build our continent. We believe that to develop our continent our people need better artisan education.
While university education has become our society's pinnacle of aspiration, something we invest in and innovate on constantly, vocational training has been forgotten.
We take the skilling of our white-collar workforce seriously while ignoring our blue-collar workers.
HARDEST ROLES TO FILL
Artisan roles are the hardest to fill.
According to the 2018 Manpower Report, artisan roles are the hardest to fill both in SA and globally
ARTISANS ARE AGING
Fifty-five is the average age of an artisan.
SA's artisans are aging, with little skills transfer occurring. Young people are struggling to build artisan careers.
At BluLever, we take artisan education seriously: building highly effective, future-focused training solutions and catalysing change in dysfunctional artisan ecosystems.
WITH SKILLS FOR THE FUTURE
Our vision is to prepare Africa for the 4th Industrial Revolution by developing and mobilising a movement of 5 million artisans as active citizens.
OUR 3 BIG BETS
We don't have well-matched new entrants in this sector. Our plumbing apprenticeship brings new entrants into the industry and upskills them to be the artisans of the future.
Industry is frustrated by poorly trained graduates. MakersHub stimulates SME growth & encourages entrepreneurs to change the way they think about the industry as a whole, especially apprentices.
We need an environment that supports change & recognises new excellence. Our goal is to reimagine the artisan space, & a big focus will be in the narrative & storytelling shift that we hope to make.
We build scalable, replicable solutions to achieve this vision, through holistic vocational education & skills training that creates ethical industry professionals of a global standard.
LULAMA'S PASSION & COMMITMENT
"How I decided to study at BluLever is a story of finding my purpose. I found passion in plumbing & this is me serving my purpose."
Over 5 years Siya has earned 203K more as
a plumbing apprentice.
A 190% earnings increase.
SIYA'S LIFE-CHANGING TRAJECTORY
"This journey has brought so much change in my life. I have become a problem solver. When there are problems, I come with ideas."
The Artisan Opportunity
The opportunity and demand for artisan development is huge.
SA has a national target to develop 30 000 artisans /year. Current numbers are at 13 000, leaving a deficit of 17 000 artisans.
2.1 million jobs
in the SA artisan sector
280 000 roles needed
in SA plumbing alone
~100 000 artisan owned
micro-enterprises in SA
40 000+ artisan trained
/year to fulfill industry deficit
Within the next 10 years we aim to train 22 000 young people in South Africa alone. Additionally we plan to expand to the rest of the continent and further grow our reach.
TO CREATE IMPACT
We're focused on impacting as many lives as possible which is why BluLever is purpose-built to scale.
BUILT TO SCALE
We build a blueprint for everything we do so that we can easily repeat it. This allows us to replicate systems, culture and ways of working as we scale to multiple locations.
Everything we build is modular, like puzzle pieces that fit together. This enables us to easily scale from one artisan trade to another with modules (like soft skills) that fit other trades.
VALUE CHAIN SCALING
We are able to scale through the value chain by applying BluLever thinking and approaches to solve problems that exist across a broken system and provide sustainable solutions.
We don't believe that we can or should be doing everything alone. We know that we go further together. We invest in developing ecosystem partnerships which enable us to scale.
Access Our Learnings
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While our core business is training, we are always on the lookout for opportunities to add value and to further build a base of knowledge for the artisan ecosystem.
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Be part of the change. Partner for impact.
We believe in building ecosystem solutions, where everyone is part of making a change. We’re always looking for new partners to help us connect the dots. If you want to work with us as we challenge the status quo and build the future of artisans in Africa, get in touch.