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Professional and Administrative staff celebrate outstanding achievement

- Wits University

Wits staff achieve 90% success rate in Business Administration Learnership certification

One hundred and twenty staff members of Wits’ Professional and Administrative Staff (PAS) were awarded Learnership in Business Administration certificates.

Witsies from the Services department, Campus Protection Services (CPS), and the Property and Infrastructure Management Division (PIMD) received their certificates on 10 May after completing a daunting two years of study. 

The National Qualification Framework (NQF) Level three and four Learnership offers modules in Business Environment, Meeting Communication and Information, Business Calculations, as well as in Office Environment and Requirements modules, amongst others.

The Learnership seeks to nurture confident employees in the workforce by raising employees’ skills and aptitude.

“Attending the programme was very helpful”, said Goodness Makhanani Khosa from CPS. “I enjoy my work because I now understand what is required of me from management and how my role fits into the University, and it has also helped me with my logic and memory.”

Completing the Learnership was no small feat; staff had to balance their day-to-day work responsibilities with studying. The Wits cohort achieved an outstanding 90% success rate. 

Professor Ian Jandrell, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Systems and Operations, applauded staff members for their sacrifices.

“It takes courage to do what you have done. Never stop daring to fail, because people who don’t make mistakes will never achieve anything,” said Jandrell.

The Learnership is in accordance with the University’s Policy on Staff Development and its philosophy on lifelong learning. Providing training opportunities like the Learnership enables Wits to develop a skilled workforce. Equipping staff with qualifications and skills enables them to chart a successful career path within the University.

Wits National Education, Health, and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) representative, complemented  the Learnership, saying: “Today we come together to celebrate with the University, to plan and work together to create learning and development opportunities for our members. We urge the University to create pathways that will encourage internal mobility for members. Our hope is to see members progress from these Learnerships to qualifying for qualifications with Wits Plus.”