4 benefits of choosing specialised and focused skills training courses over traditional tertiary education

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
(Image: Pexels)
(Image: Pexels)

Choosing a career path is one of the toughest decisions people will face in their lives. Whether you’ve just finished matric or are looking for a new profession – finding a path that fits your interests and your budget is tough.

This is where the beauty of specialised and focused skills training courses come in. Bridging the gap between universities and apprenticeships, specialised training courses offer students the chance to gain theoretical and practical experience – all at competitive rates. Some of the available online courses are even free.

ALX Africa, for example, is offering matriculants – and anyone interested – the opportunity to learn software engineering. Currently, the programme is fully funded by ALX in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation so there is no cost to the student taking up this incredible opportunity. The full-time programme is set to run for 12 months, with 70 hours dedicated per week.

With the exclusivity and high fee barrier of most tertiary institutions, more and more students and professionals are opting for skills-focused training. Here are four benefits for choosing specialised courses that will have you career-ready in a year or less:

You gain more practical, hands-on experience in the field

Since the courses tend to be skill,competency-focused and specialised, these courses allow room for practical experience. This includes workshops, software access, tools, and technical mentors that enable students to get real-time experience over just theoretical study of the field.

You’re able to save more and even find some free courses available

Many traditional tertiary institutions cost tens of thousands of rands per year – resulting in mounting debt for families and individuals. Specialised courses alleviate this burden through shorter-term and more focused skill training that can cater to smaller budgets, while offering more value. And some courses, like the ones offered by ALX Africa, are completely funded  for students to learn and gain from without incurring debt.

The courses are more flexible and adaptive to your schedule

Because these specialised courses are offered to matriculants and anyone over 18 and keen to learn, they’re able to cater to different daily schedules. This means that they can offer a flexible schedule of set hours that can be adapted by individuals.

It focuses on having students career-ready by the end of the course

With the focused approach and flexibility of these courses, skills training allows students to be primed and ready for their chosen career path after completing the course. Having been given the skills, competencies, and opportunity to learn new software and tools – students can practically apply these skills in their new roles much easier than having done a theory-heavy course at a traditional institution.

These are just some of the benefits of opting for skills-focused training over traditional tertiary institutions. There are plenty of career options to explore that will work for you and your budget.

Learn more and apply for the ALX Software Engineering course today. ALX also has additional courses in tech, finance, sales and more on their website. Find out more about their skills-focused training and how you can sign up today.

This post was sponsored by ALX and produced by Adspace Studio.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What are your thoughts on the possibility of having permanent Stage 2 or 3 load shedding?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
I'll take that over constant schedule changes
13% - 1500 votes
Why are we normalising Eskom’s mess?
72% - 8225 votes
I've already found alternative ways of powering my home/business
15% - 1709 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
17.47
-2.2%
Rand - Pound
21.05
-0.0%
Rand - Euro
18.91
-0.0%
Rand - Aus dollar
12.09
-0.0%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-0.0%
Platinum
974.02
0.0%
Palladium
1,623.95
0.0%
Gold
1,865.16
0.0%
Silver
22.35
0.0%
Brent Crude
79.94
-2.8%
Top 40
74,082
+0.6%
All Share
80,241
+0.6%
Resource 10
75,186
+0.7%
Industrial 25
103,461
+0.8%
Financial 15
16,550
0.0%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE