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How to Select a Qualification and Graduate in the Workplace

More options are available to those who want to qualify without attending full-time classes.

Select a Qualification

Go to SAQA.ORG.ZA and scroll down

  • You’ve clicked ‘Qualifications and Part Qualifications’, scroll till you see the image below
  • Now click ‘Registered Qualifications’
  • Choose Qualification or ‘Unit Standard’ depending on what you require. A unit standard or collection of unit standards can give you a part qualification. You can choose how you want to study – if you want to complete an entire qualification or achieve specific unit standards periodically.
  • Type in the title of the qualification you think you’re looking for
  • Open it and scroll to the Exit Level Outcomes (ELO)
  • ELO’s are what candidates must be able to do independently by the time the training is complete.
  • Do the ELO’s describe what you want to be able to do? If so – then it’s the qualification for you.

Qualify at Work

There are two categories of Learnerships in order to develop business and drive the economy so that job creation can occur:

18.1: for employed citizens

18.2 for unemployed citizens

If you are employed, discuss a learnership with your employer.

If you are unemployed, find a learnership through a company or SETA that is open to the unemployed. there are many opportunities, you just need to get moving and find them.

Graduating in the Workplace: Learnerships

Registering for a learnership means you can train with your colleagues at work and employers can get BEE points and tax rebates by supporting you through the program.

Unfortunately many companies implement learnerships purely for the rebates and BEE points. Often they don’t care if you succeed or not as they will receive the incentives regardless of your success. As a result, you may find yourself in a situation where you are pressured to complete your usual workload and carry the responsibility of your training.

Occupational or On-the-Job training

Learnerships are occupational qualification programs preparing you for a workplace role.

In other words, Learnerships prepare you to work in a specific (e.g. Banking) or a range of industries (e.g. Business Administration). If your employer agrees to it, they will sign a learning contract with you and a training provider in order to conform to SETA (sectoral education training authority) requirements. You will be required to attend compulsory training sessions and will manage and maintain a detailed work place experience portfolio of evidence (POE).  A POE is a collection of work completed outside of the training at your workplace and in your own time.

It’s important to emphasize that that these qualifications are NOT viewed as being at a level lower than university or college education – in other words, do not assume that they are easier. Occupational qualifications are possibly more

Occupational qualifications are possibly more effective options for working adults than traditional qualifications as implementation can be adapted to suit busy schedules. These qualifications are designed to

These qualifications are designed to compliment actual workplace experience so that you can achieve a recognised qualification whilst remaining in full-time employment. Read Do Learnerships and Apprenticeships lead to employment?

Good luck!!!

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