The idea of a Pan African Skills Academy emerged during 2012 when entrepreneur Errol Smith – owner of Human Resources company Execz Executive Placements realised that Africa’s biggest obstacle to compete internationally and to grow its economy – was the shortcoming in skills.


The organisation aims to facilitate Vocational and Professional training in countries on the African continent and is eager to collaborate with international colleges and institutes to accommodate skills learning.




Our vision is to become Africa’s foremost, preferred and recognised Vocational Training Institute servicing the entire continent with commitment and integrity.




Our mission is to train Africans with best of breed vocational training products from all over the world and to apply global best practice in our training programmes, recognitions and certifications - thereby playing a meaningful role in the African renaissance.



History and Interpretation Logo and Ideology;


Pan African


 Pan African ideology refers to advocacy of political unity among African countries while the Pan Africanist stance refers to Africans to unite and uplift themselves.  While there may be elements of socialism in the ideology – the core of Pan Africanism refers to an Africa that must be able to compete internationally - hence the use of Pan Africanism in the name of the Skills Academy.  We envisage the Academy to be operating in numerous African countries.



The Pan-African flag — also known as the UNIA flag, Afro-American flag and Black Liberation Flag — is a tri-color flag consisting of three equal horizontal bands of (from top down) red, black and green. The Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA) formally adopted it on August 13, 1920 in Article 39 of the Declaration of Rights of the Negro Peoples of the World, during its month-long convention at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Variations of the flag can and have been used in various countries and territories in Africa and the Americas to represent Pan-Africanist ideologies. Several Pan-African organizations and movements have often employed the emblematic tri-color scheme in various contexts.


The definition of ‘Libertatem per addiscendo’ is Liberty / Freedom through learning.


No one can take away a skill that was learned or acquired. To know how to do something and benefit oneself, one’s community and one’s country will liberate you from the chains of poverty and despair.


Laurel Leaves used in symbolism


Bay laurel was used to fashion the laurel wreath of ancient Greece, a symbol of highest status. A wreath of bay laurels was given as the prize at the Pythian Games because the games were in honor of Apollo, and the laurel was one of his symbols.

Ovid tells the story in the Metamorphoses that laurel tree was first formed when the nymph Daphne was changed into a laurel tree because of Apollo's pursuit of her. Daphne is the Greek name for the tree.


The symbolism carried over to Roman culture, which held the laurel as a symbol of victory.  It is also the source of the words baccalaureate and poet laureate, as well as the expressions "assume the laurel" and "resting on one's laurels".

In some countries, the laurel wreath is used as symbol of the master's degree. The wreath is given to young masters in the graduation ceremony of the university. The word "Laureate" in 'poet laureate' refers to being signified by the laurel wreath. The medieval Florentine poet and philosopher Dante Alighieri, a graduate of the Sicilian School, is often represented in paintings and sculpture wearing a laurel wreath.

Laureato is the term used in Italy to refer to any graduated student. In some italian regions (Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Trentino), right after the graduation ceremony (in Italian: laurea), the student receives a laurel wreath and is allowed to wear it for the rest of the day. This tradition was born in the University of Padua and since the end of the 19th century is common to all northeastern Italian universities.


The shield

The focus of modern heraldry is the armorial achievement, or the coat of arms, the central element of which is the escutcheon  or shield. In general, the shape of the shield employed in a coat of arms is irrelevant, because the fashion for the shield-shapes employed in heraldic art has changed through the centuries.


The shield is universal in war – protecting the bearer from harm in battle – in this case protecting the learner from ignorance.


Keeping it private


Our Academy is a private training institute. We wish to develop the organisation into a formal African-recognised Academy where vocational training in numerous fields will be accommodated. Keeping it private as a business will ensure best practice, efficiencies and clean governance as a brand will have to be nurtured and protected.


Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL)


“There are skills on the African continent – however thee skills are not recognised due to the fact that some of the people having skills may be illiterate – or do not have formal training or in the possession of a certificate certifying and confirming their skills. This means their skills are nor recognised and excludes them from the formal economy, “Smith says.  


“He says a man working as an electrician for either a family business or company and who had been trained by a fellow worker of family member and who is able to perform basic and complex electrical work will never be allowed to participate in doing work on a construction site because his skills had never been certified. We endeavour to develop a skills assessment programme whereby we can do oral and practical examinations for skills certification. This will result in formal certifications and recognition of skills that were acquired through informal means and now formally recognised as prior learning or learning on the job floor.


Up to now, hundreds of thousands of Africans have been excluded from participating in the formal economy of their countries due to the fact that their skills are not backed by formal certifications. We aim to change that.


We also believe that while Africans will now be able to participate in projects having the correct and recognised certifications - we have a firm belief that such RPL certifications will stimulate entrepreneurship that will in turn drive African economies in future, Smith emphasised.


“It is not a question of a nice to have – this has become critical for the continent.”