IT training gap

2012-03-06 00:00

DESPITE operating in an intensely competitive industry, KZN-based PC Training & Business College believes that there is a gap in the Pietermaritzburg market when it comes to high quality offerings in information, communication and technology (ICT) training.

The training provider, which now has a national footprint, has expanded its presence in the city with the launch of its latest ICT campus located in the CBD.

PC Training & Business College has a well-established campus in the CBD of Pietermaritzburg which specialises in business and finance.

Following the launch, CEO Jay Ramnundlall told The Witness that the expansion is part of his vision to improve accessibility for South African students by improving its footprint across the country.

“We want to take higher education to all our medium-size cities. We believe that there are still inadequate facilities for learners, especially in the IT arena.

“This sector has become quite a popular career choice,” Ramnun­dlall explained.

High quality public and private education facilities are to be welcomed, particularly given the difficulties faced by young people when it comes to chronic unemployment, as well as the evidence of scarce skills in certain sectors. He expects enrolment in Pietermaritzburg to increase in 2012. The college employs 25 people in the city and plans to employ more staff should the expansion prove successful. Established 22 years ago in Tongaat (north of Durban) as a small business, the college has thrived in KZN and elsewhere.

It now boasts more than 60 higher education and further education and training (FET) sites.

Ramnundlall said they service between 25 000 and 30 000 students per year. “About 14 000 of these students are in higher education programmes.”

It is understood that more than 130 000 learners have completed programmes offered by the institution.

 

PC Training and Business College also recently launched a multi-million Rand, unique learning initiative aimed at enhancing learners’ experiences.

About 23 000 Telefunken Tablet PCs are being made available to learners registering for Higher and Further Education (vocational) qualifications — for free — when they enrol with the College for 2012. The move was inspired by the Indian government’s ‘Akash’ initiative, which had seen the Indian Government subsidize their national tertiary Institutions by providing learners with electronic hand-held technology to enhance their learning experience.

The College has not received funding for this initiative from the national government.

Apart from accessing learning material and administration information, learners will also have access to real-time interactive learning experiences through webinars and chat rooms. Higher Education learners can also access e–libraries. — WR.

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