Maintaining competence in highly moderated high-risk industries

Aviation pilots, logging workers and derrick operators are considered to be some of the riskiest and most challenging roles requiring consistent and accredited skills development in order to mitigate risk for both company and employee.

Cranfield Training used Covid lockdowns to digitise a variety of high-risk training solutions that are accredited by the South African Civil Aviation Authority. These online programmes provide reliable skills development and training that are aligned with stringent compliance mandates and regulations.

This notoriously expensive training can now be undertaken anywhere at any time without the added expense of travel, accommodation and time away from work.

“As many of these high-risk companies have an intense focus on safety over productivity, continuous training is a vital part of any operation regardless of the person’s capacity or role,” says Rick Bosman of Cranfield Training. “All individuals have to undertake continuous professional development so they remain compliant, and so they can enforce and manage their own safety and well-being.”

In collaboration with aNewSpring Learning Management System (LMS) from New Leaf Technologies, Cranfield Training delivers a mix of theory, blended learning and facilitator-led instruction that adapts according to the subject matter, the role and industry-specific guidelines.

The platform provides certification even if learners cannot physically attend training and offers a proctoring function that physically films and records the user during assessments. This ensures that certain courses have the physical proof required to confirm that the person doing the final course assessment is the right one.

Cranfield Training offers up to 80 unique courses and has provided training to over 3 200 employees. Most popular for high-risk industries include:

  • Human Factor Training provides training for where human error can cost lives
  • Drug and Alcohol Management
  • Just Culture Training
  • Communicable Disease Training
  • Health, Safety and Environment Training
  • Hosting Environment Awareness Training
  • Hydrogen Sulphide Training
  • Automated Safety Audit Checklist Software and many more.

New Leaf Technologies worked closely with Cranfield Training to ensured that the final product was easy to use, interactive and compliant. It has been a landmark training platform evolution that has put Cranfield Training on the global stage so allowing it to compete even more effectively. This attracts new markets while discovering smarter ways of improving the materials it has on offer.


Being the leaders within the HR Space the Digital Education Group prides themselves in both embracing technology through innovative designs to simplify the administration but ensure record keeping and vital documentation is managed correctly whilst also taking into account the needs and deliverables of business, through adequate and high output of performance within the human resources area.

Productivity is increased with time and performance management controls that now give you more time to focus on other HR matters requiring face to face engagement, whilst you have the knowledge that your 360 HR value chain is in place.

Do all jobs hold value?  The right person in the right position can be the extinction or survival for your organization.

Use Innovation and Technology to simplify your HR Administrative requirements and record keeping!

Contact the Digital Education Group for more information:

Win with 2Simple and Purple Mash

2Simple wants you to design the official Purple Mash Festive Card for 2022. If you have access to the Purple Mash paid platform, just log in to Purple Mash and get started with 2Paint a Picture to design your card. Remember you can pick any painting style that you like. When you are done, save your work and submit it to the competition display board for your age group. Everyone is welcome to enter the competition and your design can reflect whatever this time of year means to you.

Competition age groups:

Foundation Phase Grade 0 – Grade 3
Intermediate Phase Grade 4 – 7

Each child can submit ONE entry for the competition.  

How To Enter:   Children enter their work by submitting it to the ‘Festive Card Competition’ Display Boards. They should submit their work to the age-appropriate board. There is a video in Purple Mash showing how to do this. They can save and edit their work as often as they like before submitting it – it should only be submitted once it is completely finished.

Competition will run from 4 – 23 November 2022.

Pattern Recognition and Problem Solving in Coding and Robotics

One of the strands covered by the South African Foundation Phase Coding and Robotics curriculum is Pattern Recognition and Problem solving.  Cambridge’s Connect Coding and Robotics addresses this strand and is a great aid to teachers.

Learning to identify abstract and geometric patterns is an integral part of the Design and Computational Thinking process, assisting learners in solving problems. ​

​The following skills and concepts are taught in the Pattern Recognition and Problem-solving strand: ​

  • Identification and analysis of regularities, repetitions and change in patterns that increases in size and number consisting of physical objects, drawings and symbolic forms to make predictions and solve problems.
  • Description of patterns and relationships using symbolic expressions and grids.
  • The identification of code patterns through the sequences of lines, shapes and objects in the world. 

Patterns can be physical objects, drawings or symbolic forms. Learning to identify patterns is an integral part of the design and computational thinking processes, which will assist learners in solving problems. 

Download the Cambridge Connect Coding and Robotics brochure here.

SMART boards in stock at Edit Microsystems

SMART Boards are now in stock to fulfill all end year and back to school purchases.

Edit is overwhelmed by the re-commitment and support that their customers have shown to the SMART brand. Your continued feedback, interests and concerns are what make the difference to the product experiences and growth.  

If you have a preferred RESELLER, contact them now to secure stock on hand.
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