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Local company provides technical training

30 September 2009 News

Nkoka Training is a Centurion-based training centre specialising in providing IPC, electronics and computer engineering skills. The company was founded in 2004 and has since achieved BEE Level 4 status. Nkoka is a Tshixonga word meaning ‘quality’ and the company holds true to this ideal of providing its clients in South Africa and indeed the whole of the African continent, with high quality technical engineering training solutions, in the areas of both maintenance and design work, with particular emphasis on the broadcasting, communications, military, and avionics and space industries.

The company’s specific area of strength lies in providing work integrated learning for students who need their practicals (P1 and P2) to complete their national diplomas, while at the same time providing the ICT sector with competent personnel. The specific technical experiential training provided includes programming, design, maintenance, fault finding, test equipment and advanced circuit diagrams. As its philosophy is to develop the full individual, the company also provides life skills by covering topics such as financial management, personal development, report writing, presentation skills and project management. Nkoka’s training laboratories are fully equipped with oscilloscopes, multimeters and all other relevant equipment to make learning a success. In addition, it has workshop facilities where trainees practice hand skills and repairs.

Nkoka offers IPC training and certification for all operators involved with electronic product manufacturing. The company is certified by the IPC as an official African distributor, and considers itself the only private provider in Africa to present the following courses for certified IPC specialists and certified IPC trainers:

* IPC/EIA J-STD-001: Requirements for soldered electrical and electronic assemblies.

* IPC-A-610: Acceptability of electronics assemblies.

* IPC/WHMA-A-620: Requirements and acceptance for cable and wire harness assemblies.

* IPC-7711-IPC-7721: Rework and repair.

* IPC-A-600G: Acceptability of printed boards.

The company is accredited by most of the Universities of Technology across the country to provide P1 and P2 training, and is also fully accredited by the Isset Seta to provide a learnership in the ‘National Certificate – Electronics’ qualification.

To date, Nkoka has trained 75 students (23 of whom were female) whom it has helped to achieve national diplomas; all but six of these students have been employed. In the words of a senior manager at the SABC (one of Nkoka’s biggest clients), “There is not a single bad Nkoka student. All are good, some are just better than the others.”

For more information contact Paul Tati, Nkoka, +27 (0)12 653 2629, paul@nkoka.co.za, www.nkoka.co.za





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