Last Chance to Transform Your Life at Chrysalis Academy

  • The Chrysalis Academy, an initiative of the Western Cape Government, is offering a life-changing opportunity for young men between the ages of 18 to 25 years through its 23 CHARLIE males' course.
  • The course curriculum includes diverse training in areas such as first aid, basic cookery, security training, peace officer duties, welding, office administration, and electrical circuitry, along with emphasis on personal mastery, emotional intelligence, leadership, diversity, drilling, fitness, healthy living, environmental awareness, and conflict management.
  • Upon completion of the program, graduates are offered a 12-month employment opportunity through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), with placements in various entities, contributing to safer communities and serving as safety ambassadors for Chrysalis Academy's vision.
Chrysalis Academy

Young men between the ages of 18 and 25 years have just one week remaining to seize a life-changing opportunity by applying to the esteemed Chrysalis Academy. The academy, an initiative of the Western Cape Government (WCG), has opened applications for its 23 CHARLIE males’ course, with a total of 230 slots available for consideration. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2023, and interested individuals are encouraged not to miss this chance.

The Chrysalis Academy, since its inception in 2000, has empowered more than 10,000 graduates, and it continues to be a beacon of hope and transformation for young people. The 23 CHARLIE course, scheduled for the January 2024 intake, promises to be a comprehensive program that equips participants with valuable life skills and opens up numerous opportunities for personal and professional growth.

To be considered for the 23 CHARLIE course, applicants must meet specific criteria:

Age and Gender: Applicants must be male and fall within the age bracket of 18 to 25 years.

Educational Qualification: A minimum educational requirement is to have passed at least grade 9/standard 7 in a mainstream school.

Employment and Training Status: Applicants should not be currently employed, studying, or undergoing training elsewhere.

Criminal Record: A clean criminal record is mandatory for consideration.

Residency: Applicants must be residents of the Western Cape.

To access the application forms, interested individuals can visit the Chrysalis Academy website at Once the application forms are completed, they should be sent, along with all supporting documents, to on or before the closing date. For additional information, applicants can call 021 712 1023.

For young women who are interested in the 23 BRAVO female course, there is exciting news. Participants for this course will be selected from the 2022 waiting list, providing an additional opportunity for young women to benefit from the academy’s offerings.

The Chrysalis Academy is renowned for its holistic approach to personal development and skill-building. The course is structured in various phases, and participants will undergo training in a diverse range of areas, including first aid, basic cookery, security training, peace officer duties, welding, office administration, and electrical circuitry. Furthermore, the program emphasizes personal mastery, emotional intelligence, leadership, diversity, drilling, and fitness.

Beyond these skills, the academy also emphasizes important life skills such as healthy living, environmental awareness, and conflict management. This comprehensive curriculum aims to nurture well-rounded individuals who can contribute positively to their communities and society at large.

Upon successful completion of the course, graduates are offered a 12-month employment opportunity through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). Graduates are placed in various entities, including Western Cape Government departments, municipalities, and the South African Police Service. These young people serve as safety ambassadors and actively champion Chrysalis Academy’s vision in their respective communities.

The Chrysalis Academy has a proven track record of transforming the lives of thousands of young people, enabling them to build a brighter future for themselves and their communities. This is an opportunity not to be missed, and for young men who meet the criteria, the time to act is now.

In conclusion, the Chrysalis Academy provides an invaluable platform for personal growth and development, offering young men the chance to acquire essential life skills, gain meaningful employment, and become positive influencers in their communities. As the application window draws to a close, we urge all eligible individuals to grasp this opportunity and apply today. Let the Chrysalis Academy be the catalyst for a better future and a stepping stone towards a fulfilling and prosperous life.

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