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The BANKSETA’s skills@work awards aim to recognise companies and organisations in the banking and microfinance sector that go beyond the call of duty in ensuring that effective and impactful skills development initiatives are undertaken.
Paying lip service with ineffective learning and development programmes leads to failure, but the submissions received over the years have shown the lengths to which these companies and organisations will go to ensure that lives are changed, career development is boosted and businesses are improved through skills development initiatives.

The BANKSETA skills@work awards have for the last six years, given credit where it is due through saluting best performers in the sector. The initiative consistently attracts high-quality entries from companies countrywide.

The awards, a celebration of good practice in skills development in the banking and microfinance sector, focus on the true impact that skills development interventions have on the lives of employed and unemployed individuals, and how these people, in turn, impact the workplace, society and the country.

The awards provide opportunities to small, medium and large companies, accredited training providers and financial cooperatives within the banking and microfinance sector, to showcase their interventions in recruiting unemployed and employed learners, participation in BANKSETA-funded programmes, innovation, professionalism, measuring training impact and assessment practices, supporting people with disabilities, contribution to socio-economic objectives, partnership provision and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) initiatives.

The 2015 winners were announced at the Annual General Meeting in November 2015. Among large companies, honours went to First National Bank. First National Bank's interpretation of Good Practice in Skills Development   includes the development of employed and unemployed members of the Group and other South African (SA) citizens supported by the Bank in society. FNB offers programmes that aim at developing current and future skills required both within the banking sector.

Compuscan Academy (CSA) which is the sister company of Compuscan IT (Pty) Ltd and accredited with the BANKSETA, excelled in the Accredited Training Providers category.
The CSA team is dedicated to developing critical and scarce skills, specifically in the credit and financial sectors. It is also committed to the upskilling and training of the unemployed, and social development. This is achieved through using each workplace as an active learning environment, and providing quality education and training.

A special Commendation went to Chartall Business College, Chartall Business College is in the unique position of servicing a number of employers through its e-learning project amongst others. To support this project and share valuable experiences and learnings, Chartall Business College hosts regular project steering committee meetings at the Chartall Campus. At these events, employers and competitors share their experiences around e-learning and barriers to learning, while making suggestions to improve the practice of RPL and CAT.

For more information on the skills@work awards, please visit www.skillsawards.co.za or contact Precious Sikhosana: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /011 564 5313.

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