With an increase demand for training requirements, and varying levels of understanding of stakeholders, South African Central Securities Depository, Strate, is constantly finding innovative ways to create new educational content that speaks to the masses. Strate has launched an online training portal, called Strate e-Tutor.
“Education is one of the most important investments that can be made to secure a brighter future for a country and its people. Similarly, an investment in people who want to learn about the financial markets provides numerous benefits for the economy, as it transfers knowledge and critical skills which contribute positively towards society,” says Leigh Bevis, Strate’s Head of Stakeholder Relations.
Strate Training is committed to educating individuals working in the capital markets and financial services industry by constantly keeping them up-to-date with legislative developments and market best practices. It is this commitment that has led to the introduction of Strate’s customised training programmes and the continuous development of its seminars.
“Now with the launch of Strate e-Tutor, stakeholders have their training requirements at their fingertips, bringing up-to-date educational content straight to you via your computer, tablet or smartphone, 24/7,” explains Bevis.
Its online, educational e-Tutor application is filled with new dynamic diagrams, infographics, video clips, podcasts and articles to easily explain complex processes and concepts.
For visitors who use the application to study towards their exams, Strate has tailored short on-line tests for each module and it has created new content such as a module explaining collateral management and customised modules for our issuer clients. Prospective compliance officers can enjoy the benefit of knowing that the qualifications have significant credibility on their CVs, given it is recognised by the Compliance Institute of South Africa and the Strate exams are internationally accredited through a professional body in the United Kingdom – the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI).
As the Central Securities Depository, Strate understands the importance of knowledge transfer to ensure it passes on crucial institutional memory to the next generation. While Strate has offered traditional training services to the market, the number of stakeholders trained has increased significantly in the last five years and there continues to be a growing demand for further training.
Distance learning using web-based technology is the future. Since Strate e-Tutor was launched during October 2014, there are on average 200 users a month, 45% of which are returning to the site and 55% are new visitors.
Strate e-Tutor is also free and easily accessible through Strate’s website. To access e-Tutor, visit http://www.training.strate.co.za/.