About Us


We are passionate about providing quality, fit-for-purpose training. We strive to meaningfully develop people in our quest to ensure workplace impact, effectiveness and enhancement to the future of the learners we train.

We focus on developing local skills in multiple trades and technologies to support the requirements of modern workplaces.

The Automotive Learning Academy is a national, specialist training company, accredited with multiple SETA’s and with a Level 2 BBBEE certification.

Our Aim

Our aim is to establish ourselves as a leader of quality, world-class training and development within the automotive, manufacturing and collaborative sectors that will result in meaningful personal, organisational and economic growth.

We pride ourselves on being a result-driven company that successfully assists major multi-national manufacturing organisations and government with their training needs.

We commit to aligning ourselves to the national strategy, to ensure that the outcome of our training will result in meaningful development, job creation and investment in our economy.

“We challenge our learners with the most relevant and up-to-date content, systems and techniques.”

Thembi Chagonda

Director & Shareholder

Thembi is a transformation and development enthusiast and is one of South Africa’s leading specialist HR Consultants, in high demand nationally. She has over 20 years’ experience in the Human Resources industry, particularly in the fields of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment, Employment Equity and Skills Development. Thembi is a registered Facilitator and an accredited Assessor and holds a B Soc Sci Degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Labour Law. Thembi is a registered HR professional with the South African Board of People Practices, serves on the Board of the Association of Skills Development of South Africa and the Commission for Employment Equity (Department of Labour).

Kim Smallie

Managing Director

Kim is extremely passionate about Skills Development and has extensive knowledge in the fields of Organisational and HR Development, Transformation, EE Compliance, BBBEE, Strategic Alignment of HR Practices, Material Development and Design. With 18 years’ experience behind her and armed with a B Soc Sci Degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Labour Law, she is a well-respected HR Consultant. Kim is also a registered Facilitator and an accredited Assessor. Kim holds a Professional Registration with the South African Board of People Practices (SABPP), Serves on the Employer Relations Forum of the Border-Kei Chamber of Business and as a Business Representative on the Eastern Cape Provincial Skills Development Forum and HRD Council.

Wendy Nonzaba

Operations Manager

Janine Conybeare

Project Co-ordinator

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50 Jarvis Rd, Berea, East London


068 364 4094