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Workplace readiness programme
Unemployed helped to gain formal employment with readiness programmes.
The Pagamani Workplace Readiness Programme allows for a hundred previously unemployed learners from disadvantaged communities to be prepared for learnerships in accounting firms across South Africa. The initiative illustrates the importance of workplace readiness programmes in helping to alleviate unemployment in South Africa.
The Pagamani Programme, will prepare young aspiring accountants to enter the profession at the Accounting Technician level. The programme involves campus-style training and prepares participants to enter the challenging accounting environment as well-rounded professionals. The initiative is fully financed by Fasset, the Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta) for Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting and other Financial Services;
According to Fasset CEO Cheryl James, “Setas play a vital role in helping to alleviate unemployment in South Africa. Although Fasset is one of the smallest Setas, it has improved the skills levels of over 100 000 South Africans through its learnerships, development projects, lifelong learning interventions and Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) over the past nine years.”
James explains that the primary focus of Setas is to facilitate skills development and to ensure that the sector in which they operate has the requisite skills to perform optimally. “Supporting 100 learners in their goal of entering the accounting profession is a major milestone for our organisation and the industry as a whole,” she notes.
There are many unfilled positions both locally and internationally which require highly specialised skills, coupled with years of experience. “No national training system can create these skills overnight. A unique feature of the qualification is that it is competency based and recognises prior learning and work experience, so existing finance and accounting staff may gain professional status.
In terms of the world readiness programme, learners receive comprehensive training to bridge the gap between the academic and the corporate scene. There is a big difference between on-campus behaviour and that expected of you in the workplace. A work environment is simulated in a detailed programme over the course of a year, covering everything from communications and ethics, down to how to use office equipment and work in teams.
While the advantages are clear for learners, there is a substantial benefit for employers, too. With the added benefit of the readiness programme, these individuals are also prepared for workplace culture. That means they can get to work quickly and be productive from day one.
Through the training offered the tide will turn against the skills shortages issue in South Africa.
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