“My name is Nico Carlo Wyngaard, from Cape Town, South Africa. I finished my high school career at Monument Park High School and I then studied through the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, where I obtained my NDip in Chemical Engineering.
I started my career as an intern at HySA Catalysis, where I was was introduced to ISO standards and learned my core skills with regards to processes and safety. I later moved on to be Quality Controller at Kelp Products International. Here I gained more knowledge with regards to the importance of ISO standards as well as how to implement them. I then furthered my career by joining a medical device company for a short period of time where I used my knowledge of ISO standards to integrate them into the organisation.
I am currently a Technical Assistant at HySA Catalysis where I am mapping out their quality procedure, as well as designing the manufacturing system for the dissolution of precious metals.”
How did you learn about Alison?
I was searching the internet for free education and came across Alison by chance really. I learned about Alison through LinkedIn, where I I saw a lot of people posting about it. This sparked my interest. I did some thorough research on Alison and was happy to find out that the institution was registered with CPD UK.
What was your first course on Alison, and why did you choose it?
My first completed course on Alison was ISO 9001:2015 – Quality Management System. I chose this course as it linked directly with my career path as I come from a background in quality. I saw it as the perfect tool to help me better understand organisation structure. I found it very interesting and it gave me a greater insight as to what the standard really represents.
How have Alison courses affected your life?
Alison’s courses have affected my life in a positive way. They have enabled me to think outside of the box. The courses have helped me a lot with interview preparation and the most important part is that they have helped me with self-worth. Alison has also opened my eyes and changed my mind when it comes to thinking about complex problems. I love that Alison facilitates industry professionals to create course content as these professionals know exactly what is happening in their industries.
What’s your favourite way to relax from studying?
I enjoy the outdoors, connecting with nature and spending time with my family. Also I love preparing food, which is my passion.
What are you studying at the moment?
I am currently busy studying Toyota Production System – Integrated Socio-Technical Model and Project Management in Practice.
What’s next for you, in terms of education or work?
In terms of education, I would like to obtain my Btech in Chemical Engineering along with completing a short course in data analytics or data science. In terms of my career, I am still figuring life out. There are so many options that I would like to explore. I want to travel the world as well.
What would you say to someone if they asked you about Alison? Would you recommend it and why?
I would, and currently do, recommend Alison to a lot of people. Even my partner is studying through Alison!