Improving mobility between qualifications

The Government Gazette released a full inquiry and proposed resolutions regarding ‘ Articulation between qualifications’ on all levels. This was to address the problem of students not having mobility between institutions and between qualifications. Students invest time and money at great opportunity cost, when they elect to further their studies. It is vital that these studies then carry weight and allow them to accumulate credits to be used in and against a variety of qualifications within an industry.

The report states that , “What is needed then is a well-articulated PSET (Post School Education and Training) system that brings about linkages between its different parts, where there are no silos and no dead-end qualifications; a system that aids and does not frustrate the creation of working opportunities for the youth and the general population and in so doing undermines existing structural and attitudinal socio-economic barriers to learning and careers; and above all, a system that inspires hope among young people and adults who have missed out in the past.”

According to Dr Linda Meyer, Head of Institutional Advancement at Boston City Campus & Business College, “We have long recognised the need for mobility between qualifications. It is important that students enter into higher education knowing that they will be growing their skills base. They also need to be assured that they can keep moving upwards within their chosen career. A pathway should be vertical to ensure growth in skills as well as value to an employer.”

“A career in Finance whether as a bookkeeper or accountant offers a stable and exciting future for those with a natural ability to work with numbers, apply logic and who have a methodical nature. There are several opportunities available within any accounting department, however, it is critical to have an appropriate and recognised qualification”. So says Natalie Rabson of Boston City Campus & Business College.

With a range of accounting courses, all of which are accredited by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) and are part of the Accounting Certification Programme (ACP), Boston has established itself as a launching pad for a career in the Finance sector.

“It’s a fact that all businesses seek to make a profit and not a loss.  It is therefore the responsibility of the staff in the finance departments to keep track of all monies coming in and going out, and to manage the company budgets correctly. So it is without a doubt that the staff in the finance departments are at the heart of every business,’ says Rabson.

She adds that the finance sector is still one of the most sought after careers. She highlights that the range of courses and diplomas available makes it easy for one to enter the field of accounting.

An articulation pathway has been agreed with the ICB, for ICB graduates to upskills through Boston. Dr Meyer says that NDFA (National Diploma Financial Accounting) and NDTFA (National Diploma Technical Financial Accounting) graduates can apply for advanced placement onto the Boston Financial Accounting Diploma. In addition, the NDFA graduates can apply for advanced placement onto the Bachelor of Accounting Degree at Boston. “Great opportunities for upskilling have been opened up with this agreement,” says Dr Meyer. “Make sure you keep yourself at the forefront of your industry. This will ensure you remain the choice of business in your field”.

For more information, contact Boston City Campus & Business College on 011 551-9000, e-mail info@boston.co.za, visit Boston, or Facebook.

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