Accsys, a national provider of human resource and payroll management software, has introduced its Accsys Payroll Internship Bursary Programme.
This skills development and recruitment initiative provides an opportunity for successful candidates to gain practical work experience and fine-tune necessary skills with a view to securing permanent employment.
The Internship Programme is aimed at school leavers and offers candidates who have a Matriculation exemption and pass marks in mathematics, English and computer literacy (with accounting or economics considered key advantages) an opportunity to gain formal work experience, with intern level remuneration, and also qualify with a two-year National Diploma in Payroll Administration Services.
This is a recognised qualification that is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and accredited with the Service SETA.
Accsys has purposefully made the three year programme flexible to allow candidates, whilst they are in the process of meeting all requirements of the Payroll Diploma, to undergo training at other companies. However, each candidate must complete the stipulated two-year course and on-the-job mentorship training. The third year allows skills consolidation in the workplace.
“We believe that the central objective of this initiative is to strengthen the market and the concept is meant to be of value and benefit to all businesses operating within this segment of the market,” says Teryl Schroenn, CEO at Accsys.
As such, the programme is open to all businesses and is subject to placement fee and contract negotiation with Accsys. It represents a clear, effective and necessary link between skills development and job creation.
“Accsys will take a lead role in advising and assisting clients with their investment in an intern,” adds Schroenn. “We have structured the initiative so as to accommodate more students and will continue to search for promising candidates, so there is an exponential component that will allow for more interns entering the market.”
“This initiative represents a breakthrough in efforts to not only address the skills shortage but also establish a practical, sustainable means of linking people with employment opportunity,” Schroenn adds.