The Transport Education and Training Authority (Teta) in partnership with the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (Saaff) has introduced new learnerships in the freight forwarding industry.
Teta facilitates skills development programmes, the implementation of skills development and quality assurance on skills development on behalf of the transport sector and reimburses skills levies within a specific regulatory framework.
Saaff finds out from its members which skills are needed by the industry, and uses this information to plan a strategy and framework to facilitate the required training in the industry, and also provides leadership and support structures for private training providers. Saaff also liaises and is involved with Teta in terms of its quality assurance, the skills development framework and levy disbursement processes.
“The training programmes focus on scarce and critical skills, which are currently customs forwarding and clearing and supply chain management within freight forwarding,” says Teta executive officer for the freight and clearing chamber Ingrid Du-Buisson.
The qualifications offered within freight forwarding start at the National Qualifica- tions Framework (NQF) level two, which deals with the fundamentals of international trade. Following that, NQF levels three, four and five are national qualifications in customs forwarding and clearing, which will enable the individual to acquire work internationally.
“Once learners have completed the NQF level four, they will be eligible to apply to Saaff for an international diploma recognised by the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, against which all qualifications are benchmarked,” says Saaff vocational and occupational training director Tony d’Almeida.
“Saaff is also looking at creating relationships with further education and training colleges so that the aims of the National Skills Development Strategy III programmes are met through this collaborative exercise,” says D’Almeida.
To promote training, Teta is developing a school career guide, which is aimed at school leavers entering the transport sector, to indicate the qualifications available and the institutions offering the qualifications. Saaff has also published a pamphlet for career days.
“The learnerships are extremely popular as there is no cost to the learner or the company. One advertisement can result in over 4 000 telephone calls of interest. A further benefit to the learner is that there is no obligation to reimburse the company financially or to work at the company once the qualification is obtained,” concludes D’Almeida.