Be in it to win it!!

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he big­gest news to hit our cam­pus this year has been our award of ac­cred­i­ta­tion with the Bri­tish Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Coun­cil – our grad­u­ates are now as­sured of in­ter­na­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion of their de­gree or diploma with­out hav­ing to sit for ad­di­tional ex­am­i­na­tions. We are so proud to make this an­nounce­ment!”. So says Bos­ton’s Head Of In­sti­tu­tion Dr Hen­drik Botha. With Bos­ton City Cam­pus & Busi­ness Col­lege now open for mid-year regis­tra­tions for diplo­mas and de­grees, one should use the op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on how at­tain­ing a higher ed­u­ca­tion can help ad­dress the is­sue of un­em­ploy­ment, as well as the goal of achiev­ing bet­ter salaries and bet­ter qual­i­fi­ca­tions”.

“Ac­cord­ing to labour mar­ket re­ports, the re­trench­ment rate is now at a 10-year high – while the un­em­ploy­ment rate in­creased from 22.5 per­cent in 2008 to the cur­rent 26.7 per­cent in the first quar­ter of 2018. Then there’s the re­cent news that youth un­em­ploy­ment had soared from 32.7 per­cent to 36.1 per­cent in the six years from 2008 to 2014,” says Botha.

For Botha, the im­por­tance of at­tain­ing a higher ed­u­ca­tion has a twofold sig­nif­i­cance that can both di­rectly and in­di­rectly ad­dress these is­sues of un­em­ploy­ment and re­trench­ment.

“Firstly, the rel­e­vance of a vi­brant higher ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor is recog­nised in­ter­na­tion­ally and in­vest­ment therein, whether through in­di­vid­u­als who take up fur­ther stud­ies or through govern­ment fund­ing, pro­motes eco­nomic pros­per­ity and greater em­ploy­ment. Se­condly, we need to re­mind our­selves just how im­por­tant a rel­e­vant qual­i­fi­ca­tion is when look­ing for work or sim­ply try­ing to stay se­cure in one’s cur­rent job. Un­em­ploy­ment and re­trench­ment sta­tis­tics are show­ing us a rather des­per­ate re­al­ity, and now more than ever, we need to be proac­tive with our em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties,” adds Botha.

An­other big an­nounce­ment that Bos­ton is proud to make, is that for yet an­other reg­is­tra­tion pe­riod, they will be giv­ing away a car! “We have part­nered with BAIC, new (to South Africa) car man­u­fac­tur­ers, in this drive to get stu­dents reg­is­tered for a Qual­i­fi­ca­tion in order to bet­ter their fu­tures,” says Natalie Rab­son, Bos­ton’s Mar­ket­ing Man­ager. “We un­der­stand that stu­dent life re­quires per­se­ver­ance and mo­ti­va­tion, and we love to be able to pro­vide a mo­ti­va­tional push to get reg­is­tered! The ex­cite­ment when reg­is­tra­tion launches with a car give­away is pal­pa­ble on the cam­pus. The BAIC cars pro­vide af­ford­able driv­ing plea­sure, as well as en­hanced safety fea­tures, lead­ing tech­nol­ogy and com­fort­able driv­ing. So get your ap­pli­ca­tions in asap! For the first time we will be do­ing on-cam­pus ac­ti­va­tions so that peo­ple can ex­pe­ri­ence the car for them­selves -watch our so­cial me­dia for an ac­ti­va­tion at a cam­pus close to you”

Botha also men­tions the value of do­ing a short as an al­ter­na­tive to higher ed­u­ca­tion. These are an effective way to give some­one who may not wish to en­ter the com­mit­ment of higher ed­u­ca­tion for what­ever rea­son, the chance to put some­thing on their CV. For those al­ready em­ployed, these cour­ses also of­fer an end­less va­ri­ety of new or up­graded skills to choose from in a labour mar­ket flooded with job-seek­ers who don’t have enough skills to be­come suc­cess­fully em­ployed.

At col­leges across the coun­try, short course pro­grammes have been steadily grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity. They are be­com­ing more and more valu­able in a labour mar­ket where there are too many un­skilled work­ers, to­gether with a wide­spread skills short­age across a num­ber of in­dus­tries.

“A short course is the start to em­ploy­ment, and of­ten to some­thing more in ed­u­ca­tion . The value of short cour­ses in a South African con­text lies in that they are in­ex­pen­sive vo­ca­tional train­ing pro­grammes, and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble via part-time learn­ing, “says Botha .

AWARD Win­ning In­sti­tu­tion Bos­ton is an award win­ning in­sti­tu­tion, hav­ing been

*Voted Best Col­lege for 8 years run­ning

*Ranked No 1 Tu­ition Cen­tre in Africa by Com­pTIA, 8 years run­ning

*Ranked 3rd Tu­ition Glob­ally by Com­pTIA, 8 years run­ning

FIND OUT MORE by vis­it­ing www.bos­ or find your near­est sup­port cen­tre at www.bos­­tact-bos­ton/

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