SPTC, UNISWA JOIN HANDS TO LAUNCH ICT TRAINING ACADEMY
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.
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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