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Addressing skills shortages: new qualifications for school-leavers

Milpark Business School, private provider of tertiary qualifications in commerce, will launch two new qualifications in 2013: a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) and a Higher Certificate in Office Administration (H. Cert. (Office Administration).

The BCom and H. Cert. (Office Administration) are designed to provide school-leavers with solid qualifications relevant to a wide range of careers in commerce. Adding these to the existing BBA degree contributes to meeting the urgent skills requirements of the South African business sector.

"With the BCom, we are equipping graduates with business fundamentals in commerce, law, finance, accounting and banking thus paving the way for undergraduate and postgraduate specialisation if they wish to take their studies further," says Esther Venter, Executive Dean at Milpark.

"Most importantly the BCom is geared for specific careers - our specialisations in Banking or Financial Planning equip graduates with the essential skills for starting out in these sectors."

Another welcome addition for 2013 is the Higher Certificate in Office Administration. The Higher Certificate is designed to equip school-leavers with the skills needed to work in a variety of administrative contexts. Matriculants interested in the administration and day-to-day administration of a business will find this qualification the perfect tool to jumpstart their careers.

"Nationwide, there is a shortage of good administrators of processes, people and information whether in the private or public sector," says Gloria Castrillón, Executive Manager: Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs.

School-leavers who choose the Higher Certificate at Milpark will study a range of subjects addressing areas critical to administration including business practice, business law, computing and communication. Milpark also offers candidates a choice of a specialised module that provides more focused knowledge in a particular area of administration: financial services, legal, accounting or public sector administration.

Milpark offers flexible learning options from full-time contact learning to part-time and distance learning. According to Esther Venter, "Modern academic institutions have to be flexible and responsive to the circumstances and needs of their students. "Our courses are offered in modules and the various modes of delivery to enable our students to earn while they learn, if they can't afford to study full-time, or if they want to improve their skills without leaving their jobs."

Milpark Business School offers a variety of qualifications from higher certificates at level 5, BCom and BBA degrees, and post-graduate qualifications that include two postgraduate diplomas and an MBA. Visit for more information.

26 Oct 2012 12:27