Teachers in Western Cape will have an easy time applying for jobs after the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) introduced a new online system in the province.
According to the department, the online application system was piloted in 2011 during the filling of promotion posts. The results were amazing and the department decided to use it as a full e-Recruitment System. The platform will go live on December 1.
WCED says, “We want to recruit the best while reducing the stress and paperwork involved in applying for a teaching post.”
The e-Recruitment System will enable teachers upload and save their CVs online with ability to update them. They can then apply for posts online, linking their latest CVs to their applications. The system will immediately generate a letter acknowledging receipt of an application for a post.
Applicants will not have to make copies of documents for each application submitted. They will not have to pay postage costs nor stand in queues to submit applications before closing dates.
The system will allocate a unique identification number to each teacher profile.
The department has urged teachers to start compiling their CVs on the e-Recruitment System from 1 December 2012 because they will have to submit all applications online from 1 January 2013.
The new system reflects ongoing innovation by the department as it seeks to improve the way in which it recruits staff.
These innovations have included increasing the number of vacancy lists published by the department to at least five a year, compared to twice a year before 2010.
This has enabled the department to achieve much faster turnaround times for permanent appointments while avoiding undue use of contract staff. The department had to wait for six months or more to permanently fill a post.
We have also reduced the turnaround times for the filling of principal posts from at least six months to three months on average. All of these measures have helped to stabilize the system significantly.
Recruitment is a major logistical exercise. A vacancy list of 600 posts typically attracts about 14 000 applications, therefore the new e-Recruitment System is time saving.