Richfield’s mix of policies, frameworks, strategies and practices and reconfigured them, to provide learners with a world class learning experience. The legacy of the institution continues with the year 2016 loaded with a range of new initiatives. Some aspects are highlighted below.
The Institution’s programmes have been historically driven by demand in the workplace. The National Scarce Skills List for South Africa provided by the Department of Labour as well as The Seta Sector Skills Plan demand work based programmes that are geared towards preparing learners in finding meaningful employment in the ICT, commerce, and government.
Included in the curriculum are, compulsory work readiness skills and work integrated learning programmes requiring appropriate workplace assessment for all learners, before awarding qualifications.
Access to “Learner’s On-line”, a responsive learner support system which is integrated into the Campus Administration System and Learner Concerns Framework of the Institution facilitates learner progress.
The institution has migrated to the Moodle Learner Management System which is also used by major universities of the world. Learners can directly access additional learning content from the website.
Developing and delivering curricula in line with industry and employer requirements are supported by an externally represented National Academic, Quality Assurance and Research Board (NAQARB) in line with the Institution’s Curriculum Design and Improvement Framework.
Teaching and Learning expertise on each campus, together with professional management, ensure that the learning needs of learners are met and that the quality of teaching for learning, community engagement, assessment and research is continually improved. Studentsare provided with a system of nationally managed, standardized learning materials and curricula which are reviewed and upgraded regularly. Student materials are also preloaded on Tablet PCs, making them easily accessible.
Manageable class sizes allows for interactive teaching for learning and provision of strategic supplementary classes in smaller groups targeting specific needs in studentdevelopment.
An effective Community Engagement (CE) Strategy makes Campuses more accessible to the communities they serve. Joint projects and use of Institutional infrastructure for CE purposes are encouraged.
Nationally managed assessments, examinations and external moderation ensures consistency and uniformity of standards in all our campuses throughout South Africa.
The Skills Development landscape is currently under review with the formation of the Quality Council on Trade & Occupations. The institution is keeping abreast with all developments in this regard.
Access to internet enabled libraries and laboratories, that offer full text electronic database downloads for teaching and learning purposes, are available to learners.
The implementation of the Integrated Campus Administration System (ICAS) has contributed to the development of the Institution’s MIS and has facilitated integration into the HEQCIS, Umalusi and SETA MIS eventually working its way to the NLRD
All campuses have staff responsible for work integrated learning, social and cultural activities and community engagement programmes. Social Networks using Wi-Fi connectivity and Tablet PC’s are encouraged and freely available at all campuses.
An active benchmarking strategy of our key processes, programmes and curricula with other private, public, national, international and trade organizations is carried out in the constant pursuit of excellence and continued improvement.
The Institution has state of the art facilities and highly qualified academic and support staff including a mix of foreign academic professionals who also provide rare and critical skills.
The Department of Higher Education/Labour has awarded the status of an Employment and Skills Development Agency (ESDA) to the Institution in all nine provinces.
The Institution’s quaifications are positioned on the National Qualification Framework (NQF) and certain qualifications are also positioned on the new HEQSF.All qualifications have an occupational content and allow for vertical and horizontal articulation.
PC Training and Business College possesses a substantial academic library collection of over 107 000 textbooks across its 30 libraries nationally. The Library subscribes to an increasing number of electronic journals (e-journals) and electronic books (e-Books) from leading publishers such as Elsevier- Science Direct, Emerald Swets, and EdITLib.
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