As South Africa continues to expand, evolve and explore new markets, it is overflowing with exciting and innumerable opportunities. To capitalise on these opportunities companies must develop a respect for growth, a love for learning and a penchant for upskilling their employees to offer educated and professional solutions to real needs.
In recognition of this, the MEA South Africa Awards (Middle East and Africa) were established to reward those excelling within “what is quickly becoming one of the world’s most competitive markets. MEA South Africa are looking to reward dedicated, innovative and driven figures working hard to ensure the success of their business.”
The Institute of People Development (IPD), which offers Learning & Development and Management training, was recognised as the Best Education Management Company in Gauteng, while also scooping an Award for Excellence in Training and Development Services.
Mark Orpen, IPD’s Chief Executive Officer, attributes its success to constant innovation in the learning and development sector, a long standing and reliable brand image, strong business architecture and professional service delivery. “Our facilitators are passionate about imparting knowledge, and the IPD curriculum being well conceptualised, remains ahead of evolving market needs and trends.”
With its long-range views, diverse philosophies, collaborative partnership approach, academic credibility and industry relevance, the company strives to implement and impart the ethos of continuous professional development. “We operate to enhance the quality of workplace learning provision,” says IPD’s Director, Gizelle McIntyre. “Through the development of managers, supervisors and learning development practitioners, we aim to create an engaged, skilled and capable workforce; both theoretically and practically.”
MEA Markets reported that IPD is committed to an ongoing process of achieving and maintaining its status as a ‘centre for learning excellence’. “It means thinking laterally, changing negative attitudes and encouraging employers and workers to accept skills development as a vital contributor to improving productivity and competitiveness. The need is for creative lateral thinking.” This is a commitment that has served the company well.
“We are proud of this achievement, and thank the MEA South Africa Awards for the acknowledgement of the quality of work that the team at IPD constantly delivers,” concludes Orpen. “Building a culture of lifelong learning means creating a learning enterprise, and that is our overarching goal.”