By Zakayo Mwangi
Those leaving school are advised to earnestly embark on study to acquire a qualification, be it a degree, diploma or even a one year certificate.
This is according to Human Resource and recruitment experts, who state that it is best to initially start and complete at least one year tertiary education for a qualification in whatever it is that a person wants to pursue.
“My view right now is that if you are looking for a job in a country with a twenty-five percent unemployment rate, it makes sense to have a formal qualification. On top of that, you need to add short courses,” says Teryl Schroenn, CEO of Accsys.
The company is a member of the Business Connexion Group (BCX) and a national supplier of people management software and hardware solutions within the HR, payroll and time & attendance space.
It offers a two-year National Diploma course in Payroll Administration, as well as a one-year certificate course, for those keen on making a career out of payroll within commerce.
Schroenn explains that it is important to consider the relevance of short courses, particularly in terms of CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points going forward.
CPD is the means by which people update their skills in order to ensure competence to practice their work. By general definition this can involve any relevant learning activity, formal/ structured or informal and self-managed.
“Keep yourself current. If you are looking for a new job, even backed up with years of experience, the question of undergraduate qualification is inevitably raised.” says Schroenn.
Short courses are designed to sharpen skills sets and keep them relevant.
The skills development and skills availability issue in South Africa is exacerbated by the fact that for many, the option to study further after school is a luxury that cannot be afforded.
Schroenn advises people entering the job market to do all they can to try to further their education and begin to develop skills.
“There are several avenues one could explore, from internship to eLearning, to broaden knowledge. Businesses also offer bursaries and scholarship programmes, which can be used to acquire recognised tuition. This can only help,” Schroenn adds.
• School leavers are advised to embark on study in order to secure some form of qualification
• It makes sense to pursue qualification, particularly considering the fact that the country has a 25% unemployment rate
• Short courses remain relevant, specifically in light of CPD points
• Short courses help to keep skills relevant to the market
• Keep yourself learning forever, irrespective of level of experience
• Consider eLearning, internships and corporate bursaries as addition avenues that can be used to further education
Accsys is an award winning supplier of payroll, HR, time & attendance and access control solutions that are designed to optimise the management of people and processes in business. Accsys is an acknowledged market leader with customers in 13 countries.
Part of the Business Connexion Group of technology companies, Accsys’ success as an industry leader in the provision of HR solutions is built on a solid base of product excellence, customer satisfaction and total support.
The Accsys offering combines modern software solutions with high standards of service and an emphasis on training and skills upliftment. Accsys prides itself on keeping a balance between consultants with strong academic qualifications and those with extensive industry knowledge. The solutions have been developed in South Africa since 1981 and are geared towards enhancing local and African conditions.
Accsys Products and Services include:
Accsys PeopleWare Enterprise
• Manages the full spectrum of payroll, HR, time & attendance, access control and employee self service on a single database
• Available per module or as a suite
• Employee Self Service and a Manager’s Dashboard
• Single point of entry for employee information , leave and all data input
• Outsourcing Bureau for payroll and HR
Accsys PeoplePlace Recruitment
• Specialising in Payroll, HR and Time and Attendance temporary, contract and permanent placements
• 1 year certificate or 2 year diploma available online or classroom