New trainer has a go

IT trainer Carich might have crashed and burned late last year but that's not stopping a newcomer from entering the market.

IT trainer Carich might have crashed and burned late last year but that’s not stopping a newcomer from entering the market.

Auckland’s Techtorium is hoping to enrol enough students for its $19,700, 44-week NZQA-accredited course to begin teaching later this month. The trainer needs about a dozen students for the course to be viable, and will teach a maximum of about 20.

Manager and sole tutor Patrick Dowling says course content is based on the skills he sought in recruits when he was in charge of LAN support at Air New Zealand.

Dowling, who is also a former ASB Bank PC rollout project manager, says graduates of his course will have learned how to support PC hardware, networks and operating systems. They will also be proficient in PC installations, upgrades, maintenance and troubleshooting.

Dowling is undeterred by Carich’s failure, saying his small operation can’t be compared to a multimillion-dollar distributed organisation such as Carich.

“It’s a different kettle of fish.”

He also defends Techtorium’s course fee, saying it includes the cost of external exams (CompTIA exams for the A+, Network+ and Internet+ certificates, and a Microsoft Certified Professional [MCP] exam) and a high-end, $2500 PC, which students will assemble as part of their course work.

Graduates will leave with a diploma in PC engineering (DipPCEng), accredited as a Level 5 diploma by NZQA, Dowling says.

They will have a “two to three-year” advantage over school leavers in the employment stakes, and have a greater level of practical experience than university graduates, Dowling believes.

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