WORKPLACE INDUCTION AT TURFONTEIN RACE COURSE
On 21 - 24 June 2011 a workplace induction was held at the Turffontein race course, organised by the Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA). The purpose of the induction was to educate, empower and prepare the learners on NQF level 4 Technical Support and NQF LEVEL 5 Systems Development, for the workplace period. These learners will be placed in various Gauteng Provincial Government Departments including the Gauteng Department of Education ,where learners will be placed in schools that have Gauteng Online labs.. The induction was a great success and the programme director, Mr Sipho Khalani, from radio pulpit, inspired the learners .other speakers included representatives from GDE , the GCRA and Xtensive ICT Academy.
Xtensive would like thank and wish our learners all the best in the workplace training phase of the project, which is the workplace period. We are very proud of the learners’ achievements, regardless of the challenges, the learners managed to remain focused, dedicated, maintain discipline and completed the theory period of the project successfully.
Dr. Dick Rayner, Programme Manager for the Gauteng Online Project, under auspices from Gauteng Department of Education spoke about role of the learners and where they would be placed within the structure of the Gauteng Online Laboratories.
GAUTENG ONLINE LABS: BRINGING WORLD CLASS TECHNOLOGY TO 2100 PUBLIC SCHOOLS The Gauteng Online lab project is an initiative spearheaded by the Gauteng Spearheaded by the Gauteng Department of Education and aims to bring world class technology and computer access to the pupils in schools across Gauteng. More on Gauteng Online
The Gauteng Online labs keep to the principle of standardising all processes and platforms within the Gauteng technology environment. In this regard, this is also to ensure that the Gauteng Provincial Government receives value for public money. The Labs aim to provide universal access to technology as part of building Gauteng into a Globally Competitive City Region. Gauteng has 2100 public schools and the Provincial Government has taken a decision that each one of them must have a computer laboratory, allowing each learner in the public schooling system access to internet and electronic mail. The laboratories will be used as delivery hubs for other government services, such as e-recruitment and Bana Pele, the GPG's targeted intervention for the province's needy children, as part of the broader e-Government programme
The Gauteng Online (GoL) School's Project is aimed to provide all learners access to quality education and through e-learning make notable advances in supplying skilled learners for further study and employment which improves South African culture, citizenry, democracy, employment and the growth of the economy within the knowledge society.
Part of the numerous achievements of the Gauteng Online project are the mobile bus that are now operational, especially in the rural areas of the province, bringing much needed access to information and technology to the elderly and people with disabilities
Improved security at the labs has been achieved through the installation of thin clients in all new labs; rather than the traditional desktop; which have no street commercial value once removed from the environ of the computer lab therefore rendering them useless with no resale value for those intent on these criminal activities.
ALSO AT THE INDUCTION:
Ms Cecil Malgas from Gauteng City Region Academy addressed workplace etiquette and explained to the learners about the importance of good behaviour and their expectation.
Xtensive representatives spoke about the role of Xtensive while learners are at their respective workplace sites, Unit standard and task to be covered, role of the Mentor as well as the learners and the importance of adhering to rules and conduct.