According to recent surveys, digital skills and services can potentially create over 66 000 jobs in SA’s ICT sector over the next year, a whopping two-thirds of which are entry-level roles.

It is widely believed that after the significant knock taken by our local economy due to the pandemic, one way to assist recovery and fuel growth will be through digital services and ICT skills training, particularly focused on the South African youth.

This decidedly emphasises the need for training of ICT specialists but as always there are challenges. According to the experts “digital skills training initiatives for ICT roles need to be cheaper, quicker and more inclusive because traditional training programmes that require many years of formal training, degrees and extensive work experience exclude many young people who can do the work.”

A solution?

The solution lies in good ICT specialist companies creating their own in-house training facilities and that’s exactly what we did at Aspire Solutions. Realising that this was the only way we were going to get the kind of qualified programmers we needed, we took a leap and created the Aspire Training Academy.

How does it operate?

We have chosen to not take the long route by reinventing the wheel and creating new training material but instead have sourced and vetted the best resources and information from existing material. We train all inductees to be full-stack developers in a step-by-step process from the ground up, moving them up the stack as they master each step.

The learning is done on a project-by-project basis chosen by the learner. Pretty soon, with an atmosphere of teamwork instilled by the ethos of the company, those who learn faster assist those still working up through the ranks. 


A hands-on approach

Learners are encouraged to become part of real projects being undertaken by the company as soon as they are competent in that area of expertise. This hands-on approach and being part of a functioning business escalates the training and prepares learners for qualified positions more rapidly than normal tertiary education would.


We aspire to be more than just ICT specialists

At Aspire Solutions our core staff are highly qualified thanks to these training methods. Combine this with our ‘start now’ mindset and a competent leadership team and you have a recipe for the finest technology solutions available anywhere.

Connect with us to learn more and let’s see how we can actualise what you aspire to achieve! 





1. Who is eligible to enter the Grow 20 series competition?

The competition is open to tech startups that are registered and have been in operation for at least 1 year. Employees of Aspire solutions and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate in the Grow 20 series.

2. How can I enter the Grow 20 series competition?

To enter the competition, create a video about your business and submit it through the submission page on our website after completing the entry form. The video must not be longer than 5 minutes.

3. What should be included in the video submission?

  • The video must include an introduction to your startup.
  • Your core product or service.
  • Why do you believe your startup deserves to win?
  • What the money would do for your business.

4. When is the deadline for submissions/ the end of the competition?

The deadline for video submissions and the end of the competition is on 31st August, 2024.

5. How will the winner be selected?

The winner will be selected based on innovation and the potential impact of the cash injection on the startup. A panel of judges from Aspire Solutions will review all submissions.

6. When will the winner be announced?

The winner will be announced on 1st September on our social media platforms: Instagram and Linkedin.

7. What is the prize?

The winning startup will receive a cash injection of R20 000 and mentorship from Aspire Solutions.

8. Can I submit more than one video?

Each startup is limited to ONLY one video submission.

9. What format should the video be in?

The video should be in MP4 format and must not exceed 100mb in size.

10. How will my video be used?

By entering the competition, you agree that Aspire Solutions may use your video for promotional purposes on our website and social media channels.