Customised solutions offered
Poised to meet growing corporate training needs
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.”
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