The company was founded by Kevin Wakely-Smith, who secured a contract, out of his own initiative, from Fasset in early 2003. This contract allowed Kevin to pilot the selection, training and placement of 20 unemployed PDI commerce graduates in Gauteng into the accounting profession. Upon receiving his contract Kevin contacted Alan to cooperate in the selection process. Kevin’s contract with Fasset was secured through a company called Guarantee Trust Holdings (GTH) partly owned by Kevin. Alan handled the selection process through his company, Assessment Services, as a service provider to GTH and became involved with Kevin in the training content and line-up.
As this pilot project proceeded the training was subcontracted to Education Alive as a training facility and licensor of some of the courses and was situated in Kyalami in the Crowethorne Shopping Centre. Kevin and Alan cooperated in surveying accounting firms and preparing training material that would be relevant to the needs of the Learners and the accounting firms. Kevin included a course he has written covering the basics of bookkeeping and Alan prepared an office orientation course and both of these were built into the training curriculum.
The success of the programs had encouraged Fasset with Kevin and Alan to rapidly expand the effects of the good work being done. Employment of Learners on our programs was running at 90% and this is hugely successful when compared to what other organizations were achieving.