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Select a Qualification and learn at work. One of the most important aspects of selecting an occupational qualification is understanding what it is. An occupational qualification is a form of certification that demonstrates that a person is competent to perform a job or specific tasks related to a job.

How to Select a Qualification and Graduate in the Workplace

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An occupational qualification is a form of certification that demonstrates that a person is competent to perform a job or specific tasks related to a job.

Occupational Certificates: Select a Qualification

Check out this list of currently registered learnerships. There is a pipeline of new qualifications being developed so there’s a lot of stuff to keep up to date with!

Select a Qualification from QCTO Occupational Certificates

  • NQF. Level 1 and 2 for those with little or no high school and limited if any work experience
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How to Gain an Occupational Certificate: Learnerships and Apprenticeships

Occupational qualifications are typically gained through a combination of education, training, and practical work experience. It is important to consider what type of qualifications are necessary for the job and the job competency requirements when selecting an occupational qualification. Job competency is the ability to demonstrate certain skills and knowledge that are required to perform the job. This includes both the technical and non-technical skills that are necessary to perform the job. Assess the job competency requirements before selecting an occupational qualification as it will ensure that you become qualified for the job you want.

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How to Select a Qualification

  1. Go to SAQA and explore the site before you search for qualifications. You could pick up a lot of interesting information. Education policy is accessible to learn your rights. All registered forms of qualifications are published on the South African Quality Authority
  2. Type in the title of the qualification you’re looking for.
  3. Open relevant qualifications 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.
  4. Do the ELO’s describe what you want to be able to do? If so – then select the qualification.

You can also search for a unit standard. 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.

Qualify at Work: Select a Qualification

There are two categories of Learnerships that 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

The cost of obtaining an occupational qualification should be taken into consideration when selecting an occupational qualification. It is important to understand what the cost of the qualification is and whether or not it is within the budget of the employer. Many employers may have financial assistance available to help cover the cost of the qualification. Finally, it is important to consider the time commitment associated with obtaining an occupational qualification. It is important to understand the duration of the qualification and the amount of time that is needed to complete it. This will help to ensure that the person is qualified for the job without taking too much time away from their other responsibilities.

South Africa incentivised on-the-job training by granting employers tax rebates and BEE points for employed or unemployed youth placed on 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: Select a Qualification

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 workplace 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 these qualifications are NOT viewed as being at a level lower than a 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 complement actual work experience so that you can achieve a recognised qualification whilst remaining in full-time employment.

Overall, selecting an occupational qualification requires careful consideration and evaluation. It is important to understand what the qualification is and what job competency is required. Additionally, it is important to consider the type of qualifications that are available, the cost, and the time commitment associated with obtaining the qualification.

Good luck!!!

Leonie Hall

Leonie Hall, disruptive thinker and dynamic strategist, is an expert in education, development, quality management and innovation. She has spoken at local and international conferences; and currently works as an independent consultant and content developer. Contact Leonie for a consultation.

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