Business Management Programme 2015 Students Celebrate Their Graduation

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The 2015 Printing and Packaging Business Management Programme Graduation was held at Wits University on 30 July, where thirteen graduates completed the Johannesburg course. From the 21 students that were enrolled on the Business Management Programme, 17 were bursary students sponsored by Printing SA.

The Business Management Development Programme (BMP) and Management Development Programme (MDP) courses are offered through the WITS Professional Development Hub building.

'The Printing SA team are the drivers of this programme, and their vision has made it a success. We've had 85 people who've graduated from the MDP and BMP courses to date,' said Dr. Tim Hutton, Head of Business Development at Wits Enterprise.

'The Printing SA partnership with Wits aims to develop leaders who can take the printing and packaging industry to greater heights,' said Steve Thobela, Printing SA CEO.

The BMP (NQF 5) course objective is to introduce managers to business principles and provide the theoretical tools to cope with the demands of the workplace, and enhance their abilities to analyse information, complex processes and problems. This will be an overview of the Business principles in the Printing and Packaging industries.

The MDP (NQF 7) course objective is to broaden the perspective of managers, salespeople and specialists in the printing and packaging industry whose previous experience has been mainly in a specialist area, by providing knowledge, skills and techniques that will lead to more professional management, the ability to make sound and informed decisions, increase the effectiveness of working with diversity in the workplace, and to foster awareness of economic, political and social factors affecting business management.

Both courses allow learners to attend one two-day module per month, over a period of six months. These courses are fully accredited and recognised by WITS Enterprise and Printing SA. The BMP NQF 5 and MDP NQF 7 courses are part-time and assist new managers and employees in various sectors of the Printing and Packaging industries.

For more information on the programmes, contact Shallon Mphasane from Printing SA: shallonm@printingsa.org, or Delchia Jacobs from Wits Professional Development Hub: delchia.Jacobs@wits.ac.za.

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