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INTERVIEW

Empowering with knowledge or skills through short courses Mike du Plessis, Director of Short Courses, explains the empowering effect of short courses.

Mike du Plessis

What was the original aim behind the short courses? The idea was to empower people with knowledge or skills simply to do the job better at the time, in their industry. Or to excel in the job or to get a promotion where they were working. Can an unemployed or young person also sign up? Yes, and they now often make up a substantial part of a class. It’s also aimed at employers: we find that they sponsor the fees. Do organisations ask for courses for unemployed people? There are initiatives out there. The City of Cape Town has projects running from time to time. They will ask, can we empower people with basic computer skills, for instance. Do you customise courses? A municipality might want a specific course in say project management, then we customise it and we can deliver it onsite.

BIOGRAPHY Mike du Plessis has a B.Comm from the University of Port Elizabeth and an MBA earned in the US. His PhD research field relates to customer loyalty. Having started in banking, Mike worked for Ford Motor Company before joining the Cape Technikon and becoming Head of Marketing and Assistant Dean. Since 2005 he has been Director of Short Courses at CPUT. WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2018

Has the demand for training changed over time? Management science was actually the birthplace of short courses at the old Cape Technikon. The initial courses were often business/ management related, accounting, later on computers and then sales. It grew into the world of engineering and financial systems, and now you find courses in cyber security. Are certificates issued? They always get a certificate, it could be of attendance, it could be of competence. What they do not get and what we do not claim to give is a qualification (which consists of more than 120 credits). If you did a short course with us, as a university we can say that it will count towards a certain number of credits with a formal (diploma) course with us. A short course can be a gateway to signing up at CPUT, especially if it’s combined with recognition of prior learning (RPL).

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Western Cape Business 2018  

The 2018 edition of Western Cape Business is the 11th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2005, has estab...

Western Cape Business 2018  

The 2018 edition of Western Cape Business is the 11th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2005, has estab...

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