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Cytech training to help Go Outdoors boost number of cycle mechanics by offering apprenticeships to store staff.

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Re-Accreditation of Torq Zone Academy: Meeting QCTO Standards for Excellence

Torq Zone Academy, a leading institution of vocational training in South Africa, has been re-accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO), for another five years, to offer...

27 Nov 2023, more…

Cytech training Scotland (Bike for Good) marks one-year milestone of excellence in bicycle maintenance training.

Cytech Training Scotland, proudly operated by Bike for Good, is thrilled to celebrate a year of remarkable achievements in providing top-notch Cytech bicycle maintenance training. Over the past...

14 Nov 2023, more…

Cytech named provider of Best Retailer Services in the 2023 BikeBiz Awards

Cytech has been named as the provider of Best Retailer Services in the 2023 BikeBiz Awards, recognising the positive impact of its service to the cycling industry. More than 25,000 Cytech...

9 Nov 2023, more…

International training & accreditation scheme for bicycle technicians launches revamped entry level course.

Cytech, the internationally recognised training and accreditation scheme for bicycle technicians, has relaunched its Cytech theory one online learning course delivering an introduction to...

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ACT member Balfe’s Bikes begins rolling out Cytech Apprenticeships across its stores.

ACT member Balfe’s Bikes has begun its plan to introduce Cytech apprentices to its stores and upskill existing staff through the Cytech training programme.

18 Sep 2023, more…

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Re-Accreditation of Torq Zone Academy: Meeting QCTO Standards for Excellence

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Re-Accreditation of Torq Zone Academy: Meeting QCTO Standards for Excellence

Posted on 27 Nov 2023

CytechTorq Zone Academy, Cytech's training provider and a leading institution of vocational training in South Africa, has been re-accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO), for another five years, to offer the National Qualification Framework (NQF) registered bicycle mechanic qualifications and part-qualifications. This significant accomplishment underscores the commitment of the Academy to upholding the highest standards of education and training in the industry.

The QCTO, mandated by legislation, plays a pivotal role in overseeing the quality of vocational and trade education and training in South Africa. Institutions seeking accreditation or re-accreditation must undergo a thorough assessment of their programs, facilities, trainer qualifications, and overall adherence to QCTO guidelines.

“The re-accreditation process with the QCTO is a rigorous evaluation that ensures institutions maintain quality education, meet industry standards, and deliver relevant and updated curricula” says the MD, Graeme Stickells. “The successful re-accreditation of Torq Zone Academy speaks volumes about our dedication to providing top-notch training programs aligned with industry needs and regulatory requirements”.

Torq Zone Academy QCTO“The re-accreditation would not have been possible without the continued affiliation and support of Cytech” Graeme is quick to point out. “We have been offering the Cytech technical programme in South Africa for over nine years now as a dual certification. When we developed the NQF registered bicycle mechanic qualification and part-qualifications the Cytech technical programme was used as frame on which to add the componentry” he sniggers using bicycle analogy.

“Furthermore, this re-accreditation reaffirms the commitment of the Academy to continuous improvement. Torq Zone Academy remains proactive in adapting its programs to meet evolving industry trends, ensuring that learners remain competitive and capable of meeting the demands of a rapidly changing landscape. We intend to continue adding value to not only the South African industry but the broader Cytech community of expert practitioners as well” adds Graeme in closing.

In conclusion, Torq Zone Academy's successful re-accreditation with the QCTO underscores its commitment to quality education, industry relevance, and student success. As it continues to uphold these high standards, the academy remains a beacon of excellence in the realm of vocational training for the bicycle sector.

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