Cus­tomised so­lu­tions of­fered

Poised to meet grow­ing cor­po­rate train­ing needs

Finweek English Edition - - Educor -

THE TRAIN­ING RE­QUIRE­MENTS for South African com­pa­nies have changed enor­mously over the past few years and com­pa­nies are still get­ting to grips with the im­pli­ca­tions.

That paved the way for ICG Learn­ing So­lu­tions, an Educor di­vi­sion that fo­cuses on the busi­ness-to-busi­ness mar­ket, to be­come a stand-alone unit last year.

“Though started as a spe­cial­ist di­vi­sion within Educor’s ICG in Septem­ber 2004, with the aim of of­fer­ing work­place train­ing in the form of learn­er­ships, cus­tomised cor­po­rate train­ing in niche sec­tors be­came the main growth area,” says CEO Nikki Wouterse. “The first sec­tor we de­vel­oped, due to leg­isla­tive changes that made it ideal for us to en­ter the sec­tor, was the in­sur­ance sec­tor. Now we can move to other sec­tors, fo­cus­ing on those with ma­jor train­ing needs brought about by leg­isla­tive im­per­a­tives.” Sec­tors that have been ear­marked for growth in­clude bank­ing and the post and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion in­dus­tries.

Be­ing a young com­pany, ICG Learn­ing So­lu­tions has been able to re­spond to the new out­comes based ed­u­ca­tion (OBE) method­ol­ogy a lot quicker than some es­tab­lished com­pa­nies, says Wouterse. “With no legacy pro­grammes or ex­ist­ing stu­dents to ser­vice, the di­vi­sion has been able to build pro­grammes and train­ing method­olo­gies per­fectly in line with the new SAQA and Na­tional Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Frame­work re­quire­ments.”

ICG Learn­ing So­lu­tions of­fers any form of train­ing, from pure dis­tance learn­ing (the least likely), to blended learn­ing (dis­tance learn­ing plus some con­tact ses­sions) to class­room train­ing. “We’re very, very good at of­fer­ing learn­er­ships, a type of class­room/work­place-based train­ing fi­nanced by Gov­ern­ment. Cur­rently we’re train­ing 800 Metropoli­tan bro­kers coun­try­wide on a oneyear learn­er­ship pro­gramme, with enor­mous tax ben­e­fits to Metlife.”

Train­ing is so flexible that in­di­vid­u­als within large train­ing pro­grammes can have pro­grammes tai­lored to meet their spe­cific train­ing ob­jec­tives, tak­ing into ac­count pre­vi­ous learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. “We be­come an ex­ten­sion to our client’s busi­ness and en­able pro­duc­tion to con­tinue while learn­ing is in progress. That’s surely go­ing to be­come the pre­ferred way of train­ing in fu­ture.

“We’re a new breed and we’re able to rein­vent the way ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing is done in SA.”

We're a new

breed.

Nikki Wouterse

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