Curro Holdings, which has abandoned ambitions to buy rival Advtech, has bold plans to tackle the tertiary market by offering qualifications aimed at enabling graduates to find jobs. Nico de Waal of the PSG Group, which owns a majority stake in Curro, said on Thursday that Curro's tertiary division would offer courses in education training, commerce and IT. At the same time the tertiary division would focus increasingly on distance learning. The tertiary division will be separate from the schools divisions, which is known for its prep schools and pupils in posh plaid uniforms, and includes Curro Select, Curro Academies and Meridian Academies. In January 2018, Curro will open two new tertiary campuses in Pretoria and Johannesburg, which will be able to accommodate 1,700 and 1,800 students respectively. Curro initially invested in the tertiary sector in 2013 when it acquired Durban-based teacher training college Embury. Curro plans to separately list the tertiary division to ensure ded...

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