A group of young people are undertaking a three-year bricklaying course in Kakamas.This project, facilitated by Clean Heat Academy, was started in June 2018 and is funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs, which brings in accredited training companies to roll out the project.Lesley Lehungwane, a 28-year-old from Mpumalanga, is described as a hard-working and committed young man who loves his job and is passionate about grooming the small-town youngsters.He is responsible for teaching and mentoring 16 learners (7 females and 9 males)at the academy. Lehungwane said that his upbringing was what motivated him on a daily basis, as he always told himself to rise above his circumstances. “I use every opportunity I get and I commit myself to it. These are also the values I am trying to instill in my learners.”Lehungwane said that at the beginning of the course he had found that it was difficult for some of the learners to grasp certain concepts, however they gradually got the hang of it.He teaches the learners both theory and practical skills and upon graduation learners will obtain a red seal certificate in bricklaying. This qualification will allow the graduate to have a variety of options in the construction industry.