FTI was established in 1989 to offer affordable practical, professional training of the highest quality to the IT industry.
It was born out of the joint vision of 5 experienced lecturers from the Department of Information Systems at the University of Cape Town, who perceived a gap between the short course training offered by many private training companies, and the longer 3 and 4 year degree career-oriented programmes offered by universities. Short courses were primarily skills oriented, while university courses were primarily academic. This situation prevails to this day, with universities accused of producing graduates who are not workplace-ready.
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In 1990, the first 2 FTI Diplomas were created: one in Systems Analysis and one in IS Project Management. The concept of part-time, vocational training programmes running in the evening was quite revolutionary at the time, and it took some time to gain acceptance in the market. But those early courses have grown to include Diplomas in Business Analysis, and Systems Testing, and a host of short courses to augment areas not covered in the Diplomas.
Our corporate client base number base include more than 150 of South Africa's top companies, and by 2010, more that 7000 people have graduated from one Diploma or another. Many of our delegates have returned to complete their second, third and even fourth Diplomas course with FTI. Several of our top graduates have gone on to do MBA and other post-graduate programmes at university. And lots of past delegates who have risen throug the ranks are now sending their own staff on current programmes: we enjoy reminiscing with them at the graduations where we celebrate the success of their delegates.
There have been many milestones along the way: new courses launched, new accreditations and endorsements by professional bodies, expanding offices, recruiting more staff and more lecturers.
And if the next decade is anything like the last two, things are going to be exciting indeed!