During the early 1990s, Foster Melliar Learning Solutions was one of the first South African companies that adopted the globally recognized best practice approach to IT Service Management known as ITIL. Thanks to this solid foundation, the organization brought together some of the most skilled and experienced specialists in the country to supplement its ITIL portfolio with a range of best practices, including;
- COBIT, best practices for IT and governance.
- DevOps, best practices combining Software Development and IT operations, shortening development life cycles, and providing continuous delivery with high-quality software.
- Agile, best practices relevant to Software Development Project Management
With the vision to be the knowledge partner of choice for consulting, learning, and implementing value-added business systems and processes, the organization introduced its first branch in the U.K in 2022 (Foster-Melliar UK.).
With this new branch in the U.K, Foster-Melliar is continuously expanding its portfolio of products and services to meet the ever-changing needs of organizations and individuals throughout the globe, which ensures its readiness for the deployment of new technology in the Beta and early adopter phases of leading cloud and related technologies, offering clients the competitive advantage of ‘first to market adoption.
As a member of the Foster-Melliar Group, the organization is a fully accredited consulting, training, and skills development provider. Evolving over 3 decades, the organization’s clients include corporates and skills, development providers. Evolving over 3 decades, the organization’s clients include corporates, individuals, school leavers, graduates, and various government agencies. It is a leading provider of IT solutions, business consulting services, and broad-based skills training courses that enable its clients to value and optimize various business and technology processes for individuals to stay ahead of technological advancements.
The organization’s innovative consultant-led training and coaching capabilities also help its clients maximize their human capital investments and quickly react to the changing markets by developing a framework to evaluate, deploy, manage, and extend the skills of their human intellectual capital skills. Foster-Melliar’s consultants are geared to deliver the programs and apply them to specific work environments.
Path Breaking Services
Led by its CEO, Peter Clark, Foster–Melliar offers virtual instructor-led training, consulting, and eLearning in a wide range of digital and IT skills. Through the organization’s affordable e-learning platform, clients can also upskill themselves or their entire workforce at a significantly less cost in a shorter time period with courses like the ITIL Foundation course, People Development courses, Microsoft Azure courses, or Microsoft Apps courses.
“Foster-Melliar will Educate – Mentor – Empower you and make your IT future possible through teaching, learning, and growing.”
Foster-Melliar’s Microsoft 365 training is the perfect place to start for clients focused on service and business management skills. Once the Microsoft 365 course is completed, clients can opt for other complex certifications like Microsoft Administrator Expert or Microsoft Security Administrator. Foster-Melliar’s consultants can also help clients upskill in various business applications like Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Power Platform, Microsoft Supply Chain Management, etc. The consultant-led trainers are also proficient in Service Management and Business Management training, helping clients choose the best platform and services that work best for the business.
Helping Clients to Improve their Skills
“It is essential to keep your employees certified and up to speed, from the CIO right down to the bottom layers of your organization, not just in terms of technology, but in terms of how each specific job role maps out within the greater context of what the business does.”– says Peter.
He believes that in order to improve their daily tasks and roles within the company, everyone and every company needs to learn quickly. As technology changes, the process for the tasks at hand becomes outdated. With courses being updated as technology updates, there will be a continuous need for people, employees, and companies to upskill. Providing the opportunity to learn and upskill often increases employees’ motivation for everything.
Tackling the Pandemic
Due to the pandemic-induced lockdowns and social distancing norms, corporate classroom training was massively affected. During this time, Foster-Melliar witnessed a sharp decrease in classroom training and an exponential increase in eLearning self-study training on its online learning portal and virtual courses through Microsoft Teams and Zoom.
With the resumption of the traditional educational system, Foster-Melliar now expects to meet the learning style of students, improve the efficiency and effectiveness of students and courses, improve user accessibility, a sense of belonging to a class or community, and discussions between students just like in the classroom, sharing knowledge, and the same quality of qualifications.
Picture of the Future
Foster-Melliar U.K aspires to be the knowledge partner of choice for consulting, learning, and implementing value-added business systems and processes. It intends to upskill and develop people as managers and leaders, which keeps employees productive and accelerates their career development for the better.
“Expanding our eLearning solutions to the world is our next step. The next branch that we are opening is in Australia.”– asserts Peter.