Microsoft has signed a deal with industry skills body Isett Seta that will allow holders of aligned Microsoft-certified qualifications to get formal credits towards national qualifications.
Microsoft was the first major software company in the country to align its training and certification initiatives with the National Qualifications Framework. This alignment will allow companies to take advantage of the Skills Development Levy while allowing individuals to benefit from receiving additional credits towards their studies through all South African institutions.
“Working closely with the Isett Seta , we’re now in a better position than ever to deliver qualified professionals with technical and cross functional skills based on the requirements of the industry and the standards set by government,” says Pfungwa Serima, MD of Microsoft.
Isett Seta Oupa Mopaki calls the move “an example of a true people’s contract,” saying it shows what can happen when government and business work together on issues like training and certification.
“This is a major step forward for skills development and capacity building in the IT industry,” says Mopaki. “We encourage employers and learners alike to take advantage of these incentives in the development of a skilled workforce that is trained to respond to the business needs of our industry.”
Mthunzi Mdwaba, MD of training establishment Torque IT, says the agreement as an important milestone in driving employable skills into the industry. “This should open the doors for even more learners to enter a career in IT. It’s vital to the industry and the economy as a whole that we drive learnerships that specifically lead to employment, and this kind of alignment will make it more attractive for learners and companies alike to pursue skills development.”
iSolve Business Solutions director Peter Clark, whose company was intimately involved with the original process to map Microsoft’s qualifications to the NQF, says the benefits of attaining credits against Microsoft training that will count towards a higher degree or diploma would be advantageous to any learner or IT professional.