Training Division

1. Why chose OSI Training

The success or failure of any organisation is dependent on the inputs, contributions and outputs of its employees. Employees are required to carry out their tasks effectively, diligently and productively according to their job descriptions and specifications. However, many surveys in South Africa and around the world show evidence that most employees do not meet the criteria of their work duties according to performance assessments. Most employees are unaware of global trends, legislative reforms and new technological developments that are constantly evolving. This places employees in a challenging position as they are limited by their existing education and experience and too often afraid to develop themselves further. Employees may also often find themselves in a comfort zone, have time constraints or are personally financially unable to educate themselves and settle for this as being sufficient to get by.

This outlook causes damage to any organisation’s business and productivity as their competitors are applying new strategies to increase growth and profitability and in the process capturing more and more of the market and sector shares. Industry competitors are often well equipped and aware of trends in the economy, updated legislative impacts and new technological reforms, thus gaining a competitive advantage.

We are well aware of the need for employee and organisational development through training excellence. As opposed to our competitors, OSI training relinquishes old and out-dated paradigms in employee and organisational development. We provide up to date and relevant training programmes - tailored to suit any organisation’s specific requirements. Our training programmes are customized according to your organisation’s needs and our in-house training is aligned towards your mission, vision, values and policies. We ensure that our training programmes are well researched using advanced research methodologies and we have a team of highly skilled, highly qualified facilitators with extensive industry experience ensuring training through excellence meeting international standards.

Our training department is up to date and aware of current trends and challenges that organisations face in South Africa and the continent of Africa. The global economic crisis that we are currently facing makes it difficult for industries to develop themselves towards advanced and competitive levels. We therefore stress the importance of skills development for employees, which is crucial towards the survival of any organisation in this challenging time. Employees need to know what is going on in their competitive environment and how to improve their skills and strategies in order to improve productivity and reduce costs for any organisation. We believe that our training programmes will equip your employees with the most relevant and highest levels of skills they require. In addition, we do not merely train your delegates on a programme, we also show them how they can take what they have learnt from the training and physically apply it to their individual work situations.

This practical outcomes-based application will improve productivity and the skills of your employees and will result in increased productivity, efficiency and profitability for your organisation.

Our motto is Improved Service Delivery through Training Excellence.

 

2. Our Training Service

2.1 Training Courses

NQF

The majority of our training courses are NQF Unit Standard based which means that candidates successfully completing our courses will be able to achieve nationally recognized NQF credits which they may present towards achieving the formal NQF qualification if applicable. In acquiring these competencies, the qualifying delegate will lay a good foundation for future learning and action and better understand the broader context of his or her own work. Achieving these Unit Standards will enhance the employability and efficiency of the qualifying delegate in the sectors listed above.

Outcomes Based Education

We firmly believe in outcomes-based (OBE), onsite training where our clients can discuss their specific training problems and requirements with us and we, in return, design a tailor made action plan to address and focus on the identified problem areas. In this type of training we actually visit the premises of our client to provide the training in order to solve problems, improve skills and share information. Delegates are demonstrated how to apply what they have learnt within their organisation and this approach will result in reduced costs, improved productivity and overall profitability. Our highly skilled research team uses advanced research methodologies to identify training gaps in the market and sectors. We are then able to produce high level training programmes to provide the innovative solutions to close these problematic gaps.

Onsite

Our training courses are highly interactive and workplace-based (we only provide onsite training), with more emphasis on hands-on learning and the theory component being addressed in the most practical manner and assessments conducted according to the OBE practices. Our programmes comprises of both onsite course facilitation (theory) as well as practical workplace based activities, observations and assessments – variable depending on the amount of delegates per course session. After successful completion of our training programmes, delegates will walk away with the necessary skills, knowledge and information which they can implement in their respective organisations. Again, this will lead to higher skilled employees, improved productivity and cost reduction as well as a long term improvement in profitability and efficiency. All material used would conform to relevant SABS/SANS standards.

Skills Development Programmes

Our Courses are available as individual training modules or can form part of a Skills Development Programme (leanership programme) or a national qualification (NQF Level 1 – 4). Please note that the duration of theses onsite courses and workplace-based assessments will depend on the amounts of NQF Unit Credits assigned to the module and delegates attending per session.

 

2.2 Workplace Assessments Consolidation of Portfolios of Evidence

ETQA (Education and Training Quality Assurance)

This process normally takes place 2-3 days after the completion of the training course. Delegates are encouraged to practice what they have learned prior to commencement of these on-site assessments. Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation. Moderation will include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation will also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification.

National Learner registration database

After successful completion any of our NQF courses, the qualifying delegates will be registered and uploaded on the EWSETA Learner Registration Database for the training attended. The details of the qualifying delegate will then appear on the National Learner Register Database for the relevant qualification he/she has received training towards and reflect the Unit Standards (course modules) they have completed and the corresponding credits acquired. On completion of the course (or Skills Development Programme or formal Qualification), EWSETA will issue each learner with a statement of results (reflecting the credits earned) OR the full qualification.

 

2.3 Benefits to your Organisation

Training your staff through OSI will have the following benefits for your organisation:

  • Cost savings with more effective group training.
  • Training times crafted around your schedule minimising the impact on your business.
  • The ability to address specific employee training needs and tailoring course objectives to suit your specific requirements.
  • No travel time and accommodation costs for delegates with on-site training.
  • Convenience – training programs are delivered at a time and location that fit in with your business schedule.
  • Having only your own delegates on the course will create focus and discussion on the issues that are important to your organisation.
  • Hand-picked trainer/s that fit training needs.
  • Printed Learner and Assessment Guides will be handed out which will provide delegates with future reference in their careers.
  • SETA accreditation.
  • Course fees reimbursed from SETA for members of the National Skills Fund in the form of a percentage paid to the skills fund or by means of ordinary or discretionary grant from SETA (please contact SETA for more information) OR
  • SARS claims can be made for tax benefits of training costs.

 

2.4 Lecturers

We only make use of the highest qualified lecturers available in their respective fields. Typically most of our lecturers have honours degrees in the fields of Engineering and Water Utilisation, PHD Science, are certified NQF Assessors, NQF Moderators, NQF Verifiers to RPL Advisors with between 8 and 42 years’ experience in their fields specialising in lecturing and consulting. We also have a well-respected author of prescribed textbooks used at universities countrywide on our panel of lecturers.

 

 

2.5 Our Key Areas of Training Focus

With our almost 20 years of being in business and wide industry experience, we specialise in NQF certified training courses for the following industries:

  • Mining
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Environmental
  • Construction
  • Government (Central, Local and Provincial)
  • Management and Supervisory
  • Health and Safety
  • Manufacturing and Maintenance

 

2.6 Memberships

  • We are an active member of the South African Quality Institute (membership no OSI0001).
  • We strictly adhere to BBBEE standards and we are a level 4 contributor.
  • Of our lecturers are registered with the Energy Sector Education & Training Authority (ESETA) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any queries on how we can assist your organisation with any training requirements, please feel free to call us on 012 771 7999.

You can also send an email to the head of Training Division by sending your request or query to training@osi.co.za