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It’s fun, fast paced and to the point – it’s the MS Office Boot camp!
Introduction
To thrive in a rapidly changing technological environment, you need to develop your computer skills. Computer literacy is required for almost every occupation today.  Many competencies used in IT were acquired through short courses and on-the-job training, with no formal recognition of the knowledge and skills, which you can now acquire. This qualification is ideal for candidates who are working in an administrative environment.

The programme is interactive to ensure that you grasp the latest and fastest way of performing tasks and are able to immediately apply your new efficiency tools in your work environment.  These sessions will also facilitate understanding of the evidence required for the learner assignments.  There are no exams! Delegates are required to complete assignments (Portfolio of Evidence).

Entry Requirements
Learners accessing this qualification are assumed to be competent in: Communication, Mathematical and Computer Literacy.

Qualification Objectives
  • Create, edit and enhance document appearance; and create merged documents
  • Create and edit and enhance the appearance of presentations
  • Create, edit and enhance the functionality of spread sheet and apply graphs/charts
  • Enhance, edit and organise e-mail messages
  • Use a web-browser to search and use information from the internet
  • Combining computing skills with fundamental communicating skills
  • Improvement of mathematical literacy by utilising computing applications to solve various aspects of personal life and business
  • An understanding of impact of ICT and its use in an organisation
 
SETA Submission Deadline Looming
The deadline for the submission of training plans to all the SETAs: 
30 April 2015.

Literacy and skills development remains a king-size head-ache in our country.  Through the provision of skills, we can work together to deal with this problem.

The SETAs, receiving the skills levies (SDL) that you pay to the South African Revenue Service (SARS), are working with business to provide you with the means to provide much needed skills to your industry and business, by paying back a portion of this levy if you submit your training plans.

Time is running out.  To get your rightful share back, contact us today.
 
SA Employment Legislation radically changed in 2014

Implementation deadline 1 April 2015.

Failing which could see your company being fined which could result in your business being shut down.

The minister of Labour & Government overhauled the 3 Acts governing how you treat your employees.  Affecting over 70 changes and put in place a new ACT detailing the labour practices you need to follow within any foreign national you employ.

Some of the changes….
  • No fixed-term contract longer than 3 months can be issued
  • Unfair discrimination in terms of employees’ salaries
  • Public employment service before recruiting non-South African citizens
  • Limiting use of labour brokers to genuine temporary needs
With a possible R2.7 million fine subject to the transgression, you have no choice but to ensure you’re on the right side of the law.
Contact your HR Consultant today to ensure that you are.
 
Feeling overwhelmed?
Overwhelmed by the deadline for the submission of their Annual Training Report (ATR) for 2014-2015 and Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) for 2015-2016 to the relevant Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA)?


The deadline for submission is 30 April 2015.

Don’t delay, contact your HR & Skills Market Consultant today in order to avoid disappointment.

A reminder to all employers that the deadline date for submission of the annual training report and workplace skills plan to the appropriate industry SETA has been moved to 30 April 2015 and is no longer 30 June 2015 – as per the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).

Submitting the ATR and WSP to the relevant SETA hold the following benefits:
  • Allows for levy-paying organisations’ eligibility to receive SETA mandatory grants on an annual basis, whilst all organisations are compelled to do so if they wish to apply for a SETA discretionary grant.
  • Recovering a 20% mandatory grant from Skills Development levies paid to SARS.
  • Qualifying for applying for discretionary funding for training including PIVOTAL programmes.
  • Serves as a pre-requisite to receive B-BBEE points relating to the skills development element for a generic enterprise verification (annual turnover being > R35 million), irrespective of the B-BBEE Sector Code being applied.
  • Skills development contributes towards succession planning and employment equity.
  • Your company gains a competitive edge in the market place as an employer of choice for skills development.
Please do not hesitate to contact me in the event of any further queries and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
 
New Year's Resolutions
The beginning of a new year is a good time to reflect on your business's progress over the past year and plan how you want your business to develop. Do you want increased success in the coming year or the chance to enjoy the success you've achieved more? These top 10 New Year's resolutions are designed to help you strike a better work-life balance, so you can achieve a truly satisfying success in the New Year.

1) Learn how to delegate and do more of it. There are so many things to do when you're running a small business, it's easy to delude ourselves that we need to do all of them. Then we wonder why we're so tired and frazzled and have no time to do anything else! Determine Your Personal Return on Investment, and decide to let someone else do some of the tasks for a change. Delegation is the key to a healthy work-life balance.

2) Promote your business regularly and consistently. Too often the task of promoting a small business slips to the bottom of the to-do list in the press of urgent tasks. If you want to attract new customers, you have to make promotion a priority. Make a New Year's resolution to hire a marketing expert, or take the time to create a marketing plan on your own and follow through.

3) Make business planning a weekly event. Planning is vital if you want a healthy, growing business. Business planning lets you take stock of what worked and what didn't work, and helps you set new directions or adjust old goals. So why do it just once a year or once a quarter? Set aside time each week to review, adjust, and look forward - or even better, make business planning a part of each day. Not only will this help you avoid costly mistakes and stay on track, but you'll feel more focused and relaxed.

4) Learn something new. What you choose to learn may be directly related to your business or completely unrelated. Learning something new will add to your skills and add a new dimension of interest to your life - another important part of achieving a healthy work-life balance. Depending on how you choose to learn, you may meet new and interesting people, who may become customers, colleagues, or friends. How will you find the time to learn something new? By delegating, remember?

5) Join a new business organization or networking group. There's nothing like talking to other business people for sparking new ideas, refining old ones, and making contacts. Whether it's a group specifically designed for networking or an organization dedicated to a particular type of business, in person or over the 'Net, making the effort to be a part of a group will revitalize you and your business.

6) Give something back to your community. There are all kinds of worthy organizations that make a difference in your community. Make a New Year's resolution to find a cause that matters to you, and give what you can. Make this the year that you serve on a committee, be a mentor, volunteer, or make regular donations to the groups in your community that try to make the place you live a better place. And those that give get. Nothing will seed and grow goodwill for you and your business better.

7) Put time for you on your calendar. Schedule Time for You, it is important to take the time to recharge and refresh yourself; a healthy work-life balance demands time out. All work and no play is a recipe for mental and physical disaster. So if you have trouble freeing up time to do the things you enjoy, write time regularly into your schedule to "meet with yourself" and stick to that commitment. If you won't invest in yourself, who will?

8) Set realistic goals. Goal setting is a valuable habit - if the goals lead to success rather than distress. Make a New Year's resolution that the goals you set will be goals that are achievable, rather than unrealistic pipe dreams that are so far out of reach they only lead to frustration.

9) Don't make do; get a new one. Is there a piece of equipment in your office that's interfering with your success or something that you lack that's making your working life harder? Whether it's an old fax machine that's a pain to use, or the need for a new employee to lighten your work load, make a New Year's resolution to stop putting off getting what you need. The irritation of making do just isn't worth it.

10) Drop what's not working for you and move on. All products or services aren't going to be super sellers, all sales methods aren't going to work for everyone, and all suppliers or contractors aren't going to be ideally suited to your business. If a service, technique, product or business relationship isn't working for you, stop using it. Don't invest a lot of energy into trying to make the unworkable workable. Move on. Something better will turn up.

Achieving a healthy work-life balance is like maintaining a good relationship; you have to keep working on it. But if you apply these New Year's resolutions throughout the year, your success is guaranteed!
 
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