John Roxburgh, lecturer at the School of Concrete Technology (SCT), says the high level SCT41 (General Principles of Concrete Technology) and SCT42 (Practical Applications) courses are specifically designed to prepare a candidate to sit for the Concrete Technology and Construction Stage 2 and Stage 3 examinations set by the Institute of Concrete Technology (ICT) in London.
‘’The e-learning from the SCT will allow for participation of delegates from anywhere in South Africa or, for that matter, the rest of world and have scope for more interaction and progress monitoring between participants and the SCT than traditional correspondence training. The online courses have been structured to ensure that all the content is covered section by section, with the participant being required to reach a level of competency in each before being allowed to proceed. Employers will also be able to monitor the progress of their employees during the course which will include a two-day workshop at the School in Midrand,’’ Roxburgh stated.
“For those planning to study for the Advanced Concrete Technology (ACT) diploma programme, to be offered by the SCT in Midrand in 2018, we encourage those interested to prepare for this by enrolling in the e-learning courses and writing the ICT exams in May 2017. A pass in both these courses is a prerequisite to acceptance for the ACT programme,” he added.
A new one-day course, SCT15 Concrete for Batchers and Batch Plant Staff, will be offered in 2017 by SCT in partnership with the Southern African Ready Mix Association (SARMA). The course will be administered by SARMA and offered in Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. “This training will provide batchers and staff at a batch plant with the essential concrete education and theory required to competently do their jobs and produce quality ready-mix concrete,” Roxburgh explained.
He said the SCT would continue to provide on-site concrete technology education anywhere in South Africa or across its borders. “These special courses – run at a client’s premises for a minimum of 10 delegates – are often the most cost-effective and convenient means of educating staff. The SCT lecturers are available to travel throughout Africa to provide this service and standard SCT courses can be adapted to a client’s specific requirements.”
In total, the SCT will in 2017 offer 15 different courses that cater for staff currently working, or planning to work, in all concrete-related industries. “In a country with a shortage of skills, training is a vital career advancement tool. We firmly believe that a sound concrete technology education – provided by a recognised training provider such as the SCT – will open the doors to job opportunities and promotion,” Roxburgh emphasised.