“Polokwane is losing local talent to the bigger cities and other provinces that may offer excitement and opportunity. Many leave in the hope of also securing employment in order to pay for these additional costs, but it is not always possible. We need to keep our promising young people here in Limpopo and assure them that a quality and good education can be found right here at home.”
This was how Melaney Beneke, Branch Manager of Boston City Campus & Business College in Polokwane, explained the college’s passion for education during a cheese and wine function hosted at their campus last Thursday.
Beneke hosted this corporate event and invited human resources managers and line managers from various businesses and.
While guests feasted on the delicious snacks and drinks, Beneke gave them a short overview of Boston City Campus & Business College, its history and some of the courses.
Boston Polokwane offers over 80 dynamic career courses that cover a broad spectrum of fields. The college is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution and is proud to be associated with various accrediting and certifying bodies such as the Financial Management Institute of Southern Africa and the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers. The college is also an official UNISA licensee offering tuition support, and is accredited by several Skills Education Training Authorities (Setas) and is a Microsoft IT Academy Programme.
“Clearly, external accreditation is important to the college, and of great value to the students, in maintaining consistency, quality and recognition,” says Beneke.
Beneke explained that all companies that are registered for PAYE also have to pay a Skills Development Levy (SDL) to Sars and said companies need to tap into the funds raised from this levy to educate employees. The money is distributed to the 33 Setas in South Africa and students can obtain grants and bursaries for tertiary studies, funded by this levy.
Beneke continued, saying “Boston’s courses are ideal for employees who have work obligations too as the courses are designed and delivered for students to work at their own pace. They can access the course material online and are supported by training advisers who are always available to offer personal attention to ensure success in their studies. Lectures are presented through a unique technology based training methodology, to ensure that no learner is disadvantaged.”
Students write exams as they progress and once a student has completed a module, he is credited with that module and they proceed onto the next module. They use a system of building credits until they have enough to obtain a full course and are awarded the relevant certification.
The flexibility of this study method helps ensure that students have the best possible opportunity of success, and allows the flexibility of full-time, part-time and flexible study options. Students are guided with a timetable to ensure modules are completed within a certain number of hours, depending on the module and whether the student studies part time or full time. “This is an important method to keep students on track and motivated”, says Beneke.
Beneke assured attendees that Boston can accommodate students financially with extended payment options, another reason to keep the learners right here in Polokwane! The course fee covers all learning material including books and exam costs, and there are no hidden fees.
The business representatives’ interest was piqued by the fact that Boston also offers occasional studies for students who just want to complete one or two modules to enhance their skills according to their needs. Companies could use these short learning programmes and courses to boost specific employee skills to benefit the business.
The informative session was followed by a practical demonstration of how students could access courses online at the college, and training advisors were on hand to help the attendees try out the Boston training methodology. They also used this opportunity to view the professional study manuals.
Attendees received bags filled with information fact sheets and a prospectus that fully explained what Boston has to offer to take home.
Visit Boston City Campus & Business College in Polokwane on the first floor of the Pioneer Building at 52 Landdros Maré Street, call 015 291 2579, or visit www.boston.co.za.