Versatile Skills Academy

Versatile Skills Academy was established in 2017 in Westmead, Pinetown, by Alex Largatzis and Carmen Crerar. Alex, as a business owner, had expressed frustration with the inadequate quality of some of the training offered to learners by existing training providers – particularly, the lack of REAL WORLD practical skills.

Versatile Skills Academy

• To offer the highest quality training specifically suited to our customers’ requirements; • To offer small and personalised classes led by motivated and highly qualified instructors; • To offer learners enough practical exposure to supplement their theoretical training, to ensure that

Versatile Engineer Academy

Our fully equipped training facility, and our affiliation with VANDAN ENGINEERING (est. 1967) (situated alongside us), allows us to not only offer classroom-based training but also to expose our leaners to the real world workplace environment. We can comfortably host groups of up to 8 learners at a time, thereby ensuring personalised training classes. We are accredited by MERSETA and the DHET, and continuously adding new courses and accreditations to our Academy.

our Team




Alex Largatzis has been a business owner for over 20 years in the engineering and automotive sectors. He also worked in a senior marketing role for a global OEM in the automotive component supply sector. Alex is a SAQA registered skills assessor, as well as an accredited mentor / assessor for the Marketing Association of SA. He was awarded the Chartered Marketer designation n 2012, and holds a Post-Graduate Diploma, a B.Comm degree, an MBA, and a CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting. Alex also facilitates some of our courses.

Co-Founder & General Manager


Carmen has over 20 years’ experience in the skills training field. She is a qualified Skills Development Facilitator (SDF), registered assessor and moderator. Carmen would love to share her extensive experience and knowledge with you, to help you to navigate the complexities of training in South Africa. Carmen will also assist with personalised training programs to suit your particular requirements, as no two clients’ needs are alike. Carmen is also a skilled lecturer for Versatile Skills Academy, and qualified in accounting.

Training Manager & Facilitator


Aubrey Crawley is our primary lecturer / facilitator. Aubrey boasts over 50 years’ experience as an artisan, with over 10 years of these being as a senior lecturer/ instructor. His friendly yet professional manner makes him very popular with both our students and our clients, and he is always willing to give of his time to help all our learners to achieve to their full potential. His main areas of expertise and qualifications are in fitting, turning, packaging and print machinery, die making, marine and general engineering.

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