CompTIA, the IT core competencies certifying body for the IT industry worldwide, has partnered with Torque IT to introduce the world’s first office automation learnership.

The learnership will be based on an existing registered qualification but will also include a new CompTIA curriculum, developed in response to requests from the office automation industry, the CompTIA EMP Knowledge Experts that has been mapped into courseware as well as an associated certification exam by CompTIA through its South African operation.
John Venator, President and CEO of CompTIA, explains that CompTIA’s 22 000 members are made up of IT industry players, and that it is at their request that certified programmes in line with industry sector skills requirements are developed.
“The new programme is a direct response to the office automation industry’s need for a curriculum and exam designed to address their ‘soft and hard’ skill components.”
He adds that this specific course has been customised to suit South Africa’s unique needs, and that partnering with Torque IT for delivery was the logical choice.
“Torque IT is the largest training solutions company in Africa. Through their partnership with us, an element of ‘globality’ is brought to the training components and learnerships they run. This international best practice and acceptance gives organisations comfort when selecting the best people for their requirements as our model is used around the world as a standard for measuring IT skills.”
CompTIA currently offers 12 certifications in total, having recently introduced the Convergence+ for voice and data communications, and which is already considered the de facto standard for IT helpdesk training around the world.
Mthunzi Mdwaba, group CEO of Torque IT, says that skills mobility is highly significant for South African companies where the intention is to grow out from their local base. Most of Torque IT’s clients are South African multinationals and those who are not also need to expand and grow multinational companies within the continent and beyond.
“People must be able to compete around the world without a sense that their skills are of a lower standard than that found elsewhere or for that matter be perceived to have skills that are inferior in the countries into which they expand their services.
“CompTIA has a long history in South Africa and many companies are moving to a policy of mandatory conditions of certifications. Statistics clearly show that people who have a CompTIA certification advance quickly on the corporate ladder, growing into highly sought-after and well-paid positions much faster than their non-certified peers on average.
“This enables the industry to prosper and facilitates overall skills development,” says Mdwaba.
It is also an opportunity for Torque IT to meet national skills development goals, while fulfilling its duty of bringing about transformation in the country. “This is one of our key reasons for partnering with CompTIA, in that the organisation adapts to the local environment while keeping a global standard for IT skills.
“Torque IT links learnerships and all skills development programmes it runs to employment opportunities and/or entrepreneurship related activities, and ensures that these translate into absorption by the market. It is, irresponsible to flood the market with skills that the market does not need or skills that have reached saturation level, something that goes against the national agenda and deflates the aspirational quality of acquiring skills when skilled people are unable to obtain and/or create jobs,” he adds.