Be in it to win it!!
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
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