The 2016 academic year has seen a tremendous increase in student numbers from 180 students in 2015 to 662 in 2016! This growth can be attested to a new distance education strategy implemented by NID Training.

Recently, we enrolled 17 students in learnerships in Mixed Farming Systems Level 1 in Port Elizabeth. This was made possible thanks to a new partnership with the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities South Africa (NCPPDSA).

The new strategy incorporates the use of technology and the establishment of partnerships with various schools for the Deaf as well as fellow organisations in the disability sector like NCPPDSA.

At present, training sites are established in Worcester, Pretoria, Nkandla, Amanzimtoti, Khayelitsha, Gauteng, Plumstead and Port Elizabeth. In addition to this, NID Training is investigating possibilities of expansion in East London, Bloemfontein and Nelspruit.

“Depending on funding, the strategy to reach 1000 learners throughout South Africa annually,” says Chief Training officer Lientjie van Rensburg.

In 2015, NID Training delivered a pass rate of 92% at its training units (98% at Main Campus in Worcester) and an overall job placement rate of 97%.