Our Programme

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On 13 October, 2021, the GE Foundation, with GE South Africa and the Programme for Technological Careers (PROTEC), launched Next Engineers Johannesburg. Together, we are investing in Johannesburg's young people — the future engineers who will drive the change the world needs.

GE Vernova employees: are you interested in volunteering for Next Engineers? If so, contact the Johannesburg Team for more information.

Engineering Discovery
Grade 8

Opportunities to explore and discover

Learners (Grade 8) build awareness about what engineers do through a variety of short, exploratory sessions led by GE Vernova engineers. Volunteers deliver creative, hands-on activities in the classroom or community to inspire young people and expand their understanding of what engineering is all about.

Engineering Camp
Grade 9

An immersive learning experience

In the winter of 2023, Next Engineers Johannesburg will offer a series of Engineering Camps, perfect for 9th grade learners. Learners are immersed in the engineering process through a week-long camp experience. Learners interact with experienced engineering faculty, staff, and business leaders as they complete design challenges inspired by real-world scenarios, building an identity as aspiring engineers. All Engineering Camps are free of cost.

Camp applications for 2024 are now closed! Thank you to everyone who applied. 

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Engineering Academy
Grade 10

A transformative learning experience

Are you a rising 10th grade learner? Do you want the chance to think and act like an engineer? Apply to be in the Engineering Academy. Over three years, students (beginning in Grade 10) learn engineering skills and prepare for university. With over 220 hours over 3 years outside of school, the Academy includes a series of immersive design challenges, career coaching, and university-readiness workshops to equip youth with the skills they need to build an engineering career. All Next Engineers: Engineering Academy Johannesburg graduates who enter higher education for engineering degrees will be awarded $6,000 USD in financial support. 

Applications for 2024 are now closed! Thank you to everyone who applied. If you have any questions or need technical assistance with the application, please e-mail nextengineers@protec.org.za. Thank you!



Engineering Academy Cohort 3 learners start their second Design Challenge for 2024



Day 2 of Cohort 3 Engineering Design Challenge (Mind Your Head)


Engineering Academy Cohort 2 learners will spend the day with the GE team at Kusile Power Station.


Engineering Academy Cohort 2 learners visit the GE Aviation team at Airlink


Cohort 2 and 3 attend CCR Activities