SA Quality Council for Trades & Occupations (QCTO) Takes Control - But More Work Ahead!
South Africa’s national skills crisis has forced
Deriving its authority from the Skills Development Act, its emphasis is to ensure all the applicable qualifications are responsive to the country’s
THE QCTO SHOULD FIND A BETTER BALANCE BETWEEN ITS EXCESSIVE NATIONALIST TENDENCIES, AND THE NATIONAL SKILLS REQUIREMENTS OF AN INCREASINGLY INTERNATIONALISED SOUTH AFRICAN ECONOMY
The QCTO has required all technical, occupational and trade (‘professional’) qualifications currently operating in South Africa (including CIMA, CIA and the ACCA) to be re-registered! The process requires a complete redevelopment of the qualification based on evidence of research specifically done in South Africa, and following a process which warrants proof of participation and consultation with a broad range of stakeholders: industry bodies, colleges, and tuition providers, union representatives, to name a few! Those that fail to meet this test will be de-registered, and seize to enjoy legal recognition in South Africa.
Whilst laudably nationalist, care should be taken to balance this ‘somewhat inflexible qualification reregistration requirements’ against the growing skills requirements of an increasing wave of cut-throat international competition that impacts, and is impacted by South African industry.
International competitors invariably rely on
THE QCTO SHOULD EMBARK ON...
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