Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology (Pty) Ltd, previously PC Training and Business College, commenced operations in 1998 in Tongaat as a Computer Training Centre. It established branches in the various provinces and today has a national footprint of over 70 sites.
The Institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education as a Private Further & Higher Education and Training Provider under the Further Education and Training Colleges Act, 2006 (Reg. no. 2008/FE07/050) and the Higher Education Act, 1997 (reg. no. 2000/HE07/008) respectively. The Institution is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE), Umalusi and numerous SETAs. It is also aligning itself to the Quality Council on Trades and Occupations (QCTO).
Post School Education qualifications are offered at National FET Certificate, Higher Certificate, Advanced Certificate, Diploma and Degree levels in the fields of Media, Information & Communications Technology, Business, Management and Economic Sciences, and Public Management. In addition, skills development, learnerships and Short Learning Programmes are offered at all sites. Richfield has a proud track record with over 250 000 learners completing a range of programmes and qualifications in its rich history. The Institution has made significant progress in increasing the number of accredited sites, offering a wide range of Higher Education programmes. In the Further Education and Training Sector, it has 39 accredited sites offering accredited programmes through various SETAs. The Institution also undertakes training with SETAs, corporates, municipalities and government departments.
The Institution has developed an extensive national database of corporate employers that are currently providing work integrated placements for learners. A database of over 850 companies that have provided Work Integrated Learning(WIL) for learners. Work Integrated Learning has increased the rate of employability of learners.
The Work Readiness Programme (WRP) complements the theoretical knowledge with contextualised, well structured authentic learning in the work environment. WRP addresses areas not included in Work Integrated Learning i.e. WRP complements WIL. From 2011 the Institution implemented a compulsory Work Readiness Programme consisting of life skills, soft skills and employment skills which would bridge the gap between life at college and work. The Institution’s intervention of WIL and WRP makes a positive contribution to the standard of graduates to the corporate world as endorsed by many employers during the employer surveys. Ratings based on employer surveys regarding the Institution’s Graduates, indicate that 86% of employers rated Richfield graduates knowledge and technical skills as “good to excellent”.
With teaching and learning, Community Engagement and Research within its mission, Richfield strives to embody the basic convictions of the South African democratic ideals that individuals be given full opportunity to discover and develop their talents and interests, to pursue their unique potential and to achieve an intellectually, culturally and economically satisfying relationship with society.
Partnerships & Affiliations
In the current economic situation, it becomes mandatory for institutions to increase their networking opportunities through affiliations and partnerships. When partnerships are implemented correctly, the private sector can increase efficiency and choice, and expand access to education services, particularly for households that tend to be poorly served by traditional delivery methods.
Richfield’s relations with the private sector, encompass cooperation with business corporations, small and medium enterprises, professional and economic associations as well as other organizations of the business community, individuals, communities, parents and families.
Richfield recognizes that when we collaborate with some of the most ambitious organizations, we can multiply our impact in areas from education to economic development to poverty alleviation because of our ISO 9001:2015 accreditation status! We have enduring partnerships and affiliations with a number of like-minded organizations and leaders who are eager to help drive global change and deliver true results.
These affiliations and collaborations assist the Institution in inter alia :
- Availability of exclusive and current online resources
- Access to a variety of databases
- Conferences and seminars that staff can attend or participate in
- Updating on latest cutting edge technology
- Placement of Students for Work Integrated Learning(WIL)
- Industry and Academic Experts as External Moderators, members of DACUM Panel and Senate
- Programme design, development, improvement and review
Some of the Technology companies include SAP University Alliance, Microsoft IT Academy, International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL), CompTIA, HCL, Certiport, Introstat, Neotel, Velsoft International, Lenovo/IBM SA , Yazmi Satellite Technologies , Durban Smart Exchange, Pinnacle Micro Limited, Mustek Limited, Axiz Work Group (Pty) Ltd, Comztek WestCon , Acer Computers South Africa.
Business and Finance affiliations include The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB), Certified Business Professional (CBP), Ethics Institute.
The Institution is a founding member of the Association of Private Providers of Education and Training (APPETD) and plays an active role in its activities. The Institution is also active in Certified Institute of Professional Practitioners & Trainers (CIPPT), South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).
University collaborations involve University of South Africa (UNISA), University of Kwa Zulu Natal (UKZN), Durban University of Technology (DUT), Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), Simon Fraser University, Mahatma Gandhi University, Manipal University, Namibia University of Technology, University of Magdenburg.
Collaborations with publishers/learning content developers include Press Reader, Zinio, Pearsons South Africa, Book Publishers, Cambridge University Press, McGraw-Hill, Emerald, Springer, Juta, Oxford, Wiley, Elsevier, Future Managers – Siyafunda, VMEdu, Labour Law Management Consulting- Ivan Israelstam.
We envisage engaging and affiliating with multiple agencies, to pool our resources, talents, and issues in order to create a comprehensive and better education for all for the future.
Richfield Graduate Insitiute of Technology, 292 Anton Lembede Street, Durban
+27 31 304 9340
+27 31 307 7170
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