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Invest in skills training in 2016

Skills in logistics and supply chain management are high up on the national scarce skills list, within the top 100, in fact.

Employers who need such skills for the success of their organisations are hard pressed. How do they sustain a healthy financial performance if they don’t have an adequately skilled workforce to maintain efficiencies in the supply chain?

The Institute of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (ILSCM) is a private higher education institution that understands the impact of this skills shortage on industries in South Africa. We have developed a range of quality training solutions to address the varied challenges that employers experience in this scenario.

In short, we have the answers to many of the concerns that employers have about embarking on skills training for their employees, which include the following:

1. Don’t know what training will be most suitable for your employees?
We can assist you to identify your business goals and recommend an appropriate and tailored employee development programme.

2. Can’t find the right training programme?
We will customise a training offering to suit your organisation’s requirements. We can do needs analysis and recommend a plan of action, which could be anything from planning a workshop to developing a tailored short course to registering candidates for our SAQA accredited programmes.

3. Can’t afford the cost of skills training?
We will help you leverage your skills development levy (SDL) to access funding. The provisions made under the Skills Development Act are much more flexible than most people are aware of. ILSCM is able to assist with skills development facilitation, to help employers put an appropriate workplace skills plan in place and claim funds from the levy-grant scheme to cover the costs of the programme.

4.Cant afford to allow employees time off work to attend classes?
ILSCM specialises in flexible options for full-time employed individuals. We offer a world-leading blending learning methodology using a range of communication and technology channels which make it easy for students to fit their studies around their busy schedules and work at their own pace.

5. Would like to create jobs for school leavers but can’t accommodate unskilled personnel?
We can assist you in entering into learnership agreements whereby your new employees can gain theoretical training from a training provider while they acquire their practical experience on the job under your guidance. The end result is a skilled NQF qualified individual who can contribute materially and practically to the performance of the organisation.

6. Not sure if ILSCM can meet the academic aspirations of your employees?
ILSCM offers a range of accredited programmes, from NQF Level 2 to Level 7. We offer national certificates for L2 and L3. For those who have the potential and the aspiration for further education, we offer higher certificates (L5) and diplomas (L6). There is also a huge demand in this field for individuals with university degrees, and to cater for this we offer a Bachelor of Business Administration in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (L7). With ILSCM’s articulation pathway, professionals in this field can reach the very top of their careers.

7. You are worried that your employees will not cope with the demands of academic study?
ILSCM understands the importance of appropriate support to help higher education and further education candidates succeed in their academic studies. We have developed a 7-phased Student Success Management System (SSMS) based on the student life cycle from first inquiry to graduation. Our SSMS takes an integrated approach to helping students manage their activities. We have identified the typical risk factors present in the various phases of the student life cycle and we address these with a range of specific interventions. This means that every individual is monitored and supported on their path to success.

For more information visit the Institute of Logistics and Supply Chain Management

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