Institution specialises in the training of adults

20th June 2003 By: zeena isaacs

THE most important single factor influencing learning is what the learner already knows. “Ascertain this and teach him or her accordingly,” says educational psychologist David Ausubel in reply to the most important thing that he has learnt about training in 30 years.

Hough & Horne literacy, functional literacy and communication skills evaluators and consultants in Alberton, says it is committed to audit basic literacy skills, especially to bring previously-disadvantaged adult employees to the starting line for either adult basic education and training (Abet) I, or futher education and training (FET).

The organisation has designed and developed a range of Abet learning support materials and sees itself as a support system for Abet providers – whether aspiring or accredited.

“The institution is an associate of the Saj Competency Training Institute, in Wadeville, which is accredited by the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority, as well as the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority,” says Hough & Horne CEO Theunis Horne. The Saj Competency Training Institute specialises in artisan learnership, management and supervisory training, as well as end-user computer training.

Hough & Horne PreAbet, Abet and Abet-facilitator training are offered at the Saj training institute. However, most clients prefer to follow the in-house route, where companies book employees off for two weeks, during which they receive training – called block-release – or they receive a stipulated number of hours of training a day, called staggered training. The institution says that its preAbet reading and writing board game bridges the gap between mother-tongue literacy and Abet 1 English in as little as two weeks.

It offers a multilingual constructivist, outcomes-based learning model, focused on adults, which is an inductive, scientifically-sequenced, field-tested transition model.

“It boosts self-confidence, raises self-esteem, is fulfilling, stimulating and user-friendly,” Horne states.