SA’s digital transformation spurs demand for IT specialists

The 4th industrial revolution is set to change the workplace landscape. Traditional sectors will be disrupted and replaced with new digital innovations of robotics, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and the internet of things. And while automation will take over certain tasks and jobs, these changes will also open up new vistas of opportunity.
South Africa’s highly competitive Information Technology (IT) sector, with an estimated annual market value of R270bn in 2017 (6% of GDP) is set to take centre stage in facilitating the country’s digital transformation.By equipping yourself with key skills from the Information Technology Department at Boston City Campus & Business College, you can develop sought-after expertise, putting yourself at the forefront of this cutting edge industry.
“The IT field offers exciting opportunities and is best suited to a person who is a creative problem solver, requiring an innovative mind which favour logical and technical thinking,” says IT specialist Asher Raphunga, ICT Technician and Administrator at Boston’s Head Office IT department.
“As digitisation becomes more entrenched in the workplace,impacting on most industries, the demand for IT talent is needed to set up systems which have a crucial impact on business and the economy,” says the ICT specialist. “Courses like the Boston Systems Development Diploma and the Boston Network Systems Diploma will equip students to play a key role.”
With its emphasis on network infrastructure and facilitating work flow, IT is poised to play a pivotal role in South Africa’s digital future. Having the right technology skills is a driving force in securing employment.
Boston’s industry-customised curricula incorporate the latest technology, software packages and computing methodology. Focusing on digital trends such asnetwork expansion, data management and storage to cyber security and application development, Boston prepares graduates with a wide selection of accredited diplomas and skills-based qualifications.
“Being involved in the IT industry means playing right at the edge of new developments, offering more efficient avenues and strategies of harnessing information and improving overall business productivity,” says Kobus Olivier, ICT systems manager who contributes to Boston’s comprehensive selection of IT Qualifications ranging from introductory to advanced levels. “With an excellent foundation, our graduates are uniquely positioned to play a key role in meeting the ongoing demand for digital transformation across industries,” he says.
Boston diplomas and higher certificates are specifically designed to ensure that IT students develop in-demand skillsets. Most Boston IT courses are LabSim based, enabling the learner to perform and exercise their technical skills online and get an instant rating. Students can then make the necessary adjustments based on the feedback provided, perfecting their skills while being guided by leading instructors. Students learn to assemble, disassemble, troubleshoot and test both hardware and software activities in a practical online environment.
Additionally, Boston qualifications are structured to enable students to use a particular module as a stepping stone to gain entrance into an IT qualification on the next level. Boston now offers higher education qualifications placing an emphasis on earning higher NQF level qualifications to assist in promotion potential and managerial opportunities in the industry.
Focus is on industry related trends, where the learning environment prepares graduates with skills that can be readily applied in the workplace. Additionally, Boston has institutional accreditation through the prestigious British Accreditation Council.This in turn can open up further opportunities both in employment and studies abroad.
“The development of ICT and digital skills will be paramount to facilitating digital transition which heralds a plethora of job opportunities in the IT industry.
“Most departments are migrating and adapting to automation and automation requires IT. Boston is rated as one of CompTia’s top providers both in Africa and globally, testifying to our amazing success rate in IT graduates and their work placement,” he says.
“Choosing a course from Boston’s leading IT department sets you on a successful trajectory to secure employment in a vital industry which is taking business into the future,” concludes Raphunga.
To find out more about the qualifications offered by Boston, or to schedule an appointment with a career advisor, call 011 551-9000, e-mail, or

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