SPTC, UNISWA JOIN HANDS TO LAUNCH ICT TRAIN­ING ACADEMY

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The Swazi­land Posts and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Cor­po­ra­tion through its’Hu­man Re­sources Train­ing Depart­ment has part­nered with the Univer­sity of Swazi­land Com­puter Science Depart­ment for the es­tab­lish­ment of a Cisco train­ing academy at the univer­sity cam­pus. The train­ing academy will cater for the learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment of skills for SPTC em­ploy­ees, as part of the Cor­po­ra­tion’s vi­sion to em­power its work force with knowl­edge and prac­ti­cal skills.

At a high level, this will help SPTC build an em­ployee tal­ent-de­vel­op­ment roadmap aligned to busi­ness and tech­nol­ogy strate­gies.

Tech­ni­cal and busi­ness em­ploy­ees of SPTC will be able to de­sign, sim­u­late, and test net­work mod­els in a risk-free en­vi­ron­ment while also ob­tain­ing the rel­e­vant cer­ti­fi­ca­tion at spe­cific lev­els of their train­ing.

The train­ing academy is not only a sound in­vest­ment for SPTC, but also for ed­u­ca­tion in gen­eral and eco­nomic growth for the whole coun­try and the global vil­lage.

THE CISCO BUSI­NESS AND TECH­NOL­OGY MODEL

Cisco equip­ment is cur­rently op­er­at­ing in mil­lions of ac­tive sys­tems, rang­ing from the small home of­fice router to the core sys­tems of the world’s largest telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion ser­vice provider net­works. Cisco tech­nol­ogy is one of the most widely lever­aged net­work in­fra­struc­ture and soft­ware in the world.

The net­work though, is chang­ing from a hard­ware-cen­tric model to a vir­tu­alised soft­ware cen­tric one that sup­ports dig­i­tal in­no­va­tion.

For IT, tele­coms and busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als, the abil­ity to de­ploy and sup­port a dig­i­tal-ready net­work re­quires adopt­ing rapidly evolv­ing tech­nolo­gies that en­hance mo­bil­ity, se­cu­rity, flex­i­ble ac­cess, and vir­tu­al­i­sa­tion, while tak­ing full ad­van­tage of cloud ser­vices.

This evo­lu­tion has led to a de­mand for new skills and it re­quires IT, tele­coms and busi­ness tal­ents that un­der­stand the re­la­tion­ship be­tween tech­nol­ogy and busi­ness.

This is there­fore a call for new skills frame­work which means cer­ti­fied ex­perts must evolve. The train­ing academy was es­tab­lished to bet­ter pre­pare for this evo­lu­tion.

IN­NO­VA­TION

In or­der to in­no­vate, it is very im­por­tant for cor­po­ra­tions such as SPTC to form co­op­er­a­tive part­ner­ships with in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing to en­sure that they in­vest in skills de­vel­op­ment for the most crit­i­cal as­set of any work force, the em­ployee.

The part­ner­ship be­tween SPTC and UNISWA will serve as one of the pro­grammes that will mo­ti­vate and re­tain our key com­pet­i­tive staff, while also adding great value to the vi­sion of the com­pany.

Be­yond that, great value will be added into the na­tional skills de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives in the ICT space, as this academy will be opened to the pub­lic and will there­fore go a long way in af­ford­ing Swazi cit­i­zens with new knowl­edge and prac­ti­cal skills.

It will help in cre­at­ing ca­reer path­ways that in­clude net­work tech­ni­cians, sup­port engi­neers, net­work ad­min­is­tra­tors, net­work de­sign­ers and many more.

The scope of the train­ing academy will in­clude, but not lim­ited to, teach­ing, learn­ing, re­search, de­vel­op­ment, and in­no­va­tion in ar­eas of mu­tual in­ter­est in­clud­ing soft­ware engineering, data struc­ture, data­base net­work and cod­ing, in­dus­trial in­stru­men­ta­tion, mecha­tron­ics, pro­gram­ming and process con­trol.

All train­ing will be pro­vided by the Univer­sity of Swazi­land Com­puter Science Depart­ment and will be held at the univer­sity premises at Kwaluseni cam­pus.

WHO WILL BE TRAINED UN­DER THIS PART­NER­SHIP?

SPTC em­ploy­ees – The first groups un­der this train­ing will be com­posed of SPTC em­ploy­ees. This train­ing will be open to all em­ploy­ees who will meet the min­i­mum re­quire­ments ir­re­spec­tive of their de­part­ments and cur­rent jobs.

Em­ploy­ees from other com­pa­nies – Since this is both a busi­ness and a skills de­vel­op­ment part­ner­ship, the train­ing will in fu­ture be open to em­ploy­ees of other com­pa­nies lo­cally and abroad.

The gen­eral pub­lic – Since SPTC also has a so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity to­wards Vi­sion 2022, this pro­gramme will in fu­ture be open to the gen­eral pub­lic.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PRO­GRAMS OF­FERED UN­DER THE CISCO CER­TI­FI­CA­TION?

Rout­ing and Switch­ing Wire­less and Mo­bil­ity Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Op­er­a­tions Cloud Data Cen­tre De­sign Ar­chi­tect

Train­ing of seven lec­tur­ers who com­prise of three SPTC em­ploy­ees was launched in Septem­ber 2017.

The first groups of SPTC tech­ni­cians will start train­ing in Oc­to­ber 2017. *All Post-paid rates ex­clude VAT.

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