Computer and Careers was established in 1993 by the Pillay Family of Zeerust. Having just relocated from Durban to Zeerust, the Late Mr. S.M.Pillay noticed that far too many matriculates from Zeerust, Lehurutshe, Madikwe and surroundings, were completing matric with unemployable subjects. Although these matriculates were successfully completing high school, the subjects that were offered and completed, had little or no benefit for employers, hence the noble idea of a computer training centre in a rural area.
In June 1993, Pregy Pillay accepted the challenge and started a “hand to mouth” operation at OldMutualBuilding in Zeerust. Without any capital to invest, 4 MS.DOS operated PC’s were leased and some household furniture put together to start the first classroom. At the beginning, the institute was registered with the then National Council for Business Training Standards (NCBTS) and the Association of Private Colleges of Southern Africa (APCSA) and offered the following courses:
Introduction to Computers
Although humble, the institute offered quality training, one person per computer, affordable fees and reliable service to the community. Within days, Computer and Careers was a huge success.
By September 1993, the then Department of Manpower, visited the training centre and registered Computer and Careers as a training provider for the Training of Unemployed People. This led to the institute leasing 4 more computers, employing more people and buying better classroom furniture.
Since then Computer and Careers opened branches in Mafikeng (1996), Vryburg (1997) and Rustenburg (1998). At the same time the need for on-site training developed, and Computer and Careers set up a mobile unit for training.
In December 2000, Computer and Careers was one of the few institutes that participated in the South African Qualifications Authority Recording of Short Courses. During 2001, the NCBTS closed and the Association of Private Colleges of SA, merged with other organizations to form the Association of Private Providers for Education Training and Development.
In 2003, Computer and Careers met the requirements of the Information Technology Association and obtained full membership. The same year, 5 members of staff attended the Assessor Training and 2 went on to attend the Moderator Training. During 2004, Pastel Softline Accounting authorized Computer and Careers as Training Centre and Exam Centre at Rustenburg and Zeerust.
Today, Computer and Careers employs over 20 full-time staff, trains over 360 trainees per day and has over 120 PC’s in its classrooms. Although the institute has grown, Computer and Careers still maintains its simplicity, provides quality training, seats one person per computer and continues to deliver a very reliable service.