FTI establishes new business analysis learnership programme

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The creation of the Business Analysis Learnership Programme for
Government Institutions (NQF level 6) will see unemployed graduates from IT,
Commerce, Finance and Business fields provided with educational and
employment opportunities in the fast emerging and scarce skills domains of
Business and Systems Analysis.

Faculty Training Institute (FTI), the company known for pioneering the Business
Analysis profession in South Africa has established a Business Analysis (BA)
Learnership Programme.

In June 2012, FTI became an MICT SETA recognised Institute of Sectoral and
Occupational Excellence (ISOE) in Business Analysis. "Our immediate goals as a
"centre of excellence? amongst others, was to increase access to employment
and educational opportunities in business and systems analysis for qualifying
candidates from communities where this access is currently limited,' says Steve
Erlank, CEO of FTI.

"Locally and abroad, Business and Systems Analysis have been identified as
scarce skills occupations. Demand for these skills is found primarily in the
financial sectors, but increasingly there is growing need in government,
manufacturing and (IT) services,' says Erlank. In partnership with MICT SETA
and through which the one year programme is registered and fully-funded, FTI
developed the Learnership Programme.

The Learnership Programme runs from November 2013 to November 2014.
The candidates sourced by FTI will initially undergo stringent assessments to
ensure the core competencies required of skilled business analysts are
embodied in the nominated candidates. These include thinking and problem
solving capabilities, computer, language and business literacy, aptitude and
above all, the right attitude. "They should be prepared to go the extra mile and
show their potential, positive attitude and motivation to excel in the business
unit,' says Georgenia Stam, Course Quality Manager of FTI.

The course comprises of instructor-led training seminars, supplemented
readings, exercises and practical group work. "Workplace assignments, coupled
with rich feedback, ensure that the delegate is able to apply the skills directly in
the workplace,' says Erlank. FTI will also provide coaching and mentoring
training to the managers or supervisors of the learners to facilitate success of
this Learnership.

FTI, together with MICT SETA is thrilled to be able to implement this
programme. We foresee the outcome of up-skilled graduates that will be a
valuable input to the market and up-skilled graduates who will be able to secure
work as BA?s and so increase the pool of newly trained Business Analysts.

For further information about or to participate in the Business Analysis
Learnership Programme for Government Institutions (NQF level 6) commencing
from November 2013 to November 2014 contact Georgenia Stam at
[email protected] or 021 6834506.

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