PRINTING SA is proud to announce the launch of the Printing and Packaging Business Management Courses NQF 5 – 7. The courses will be launched at the Africa Print Expo, taking place from 22-24 August, with the first learner enrollments taking place in January 2013.
The idea was first established when WITS enterprise together with Gray Scale approached PRINTING SA and presented their notion to set up a Print Academy. PRINTING SA then grasped the opportunity to first broaden WITS and Gray Scales view of the Printing and Packaging industry through site visits to a few printing plants.
The Africa Print Expo will see the launch of three qualifications: Printing and Packaging Industries Business Management Course (BMP) NQF 5 and the Printing and Packaging Industries Management Development course (MDP) NQF 7. The NQF 6 Business Management course will be done through correspondence while the learners are in the workplace, applying the knowledge they have gained in the BMP(NQF 5) course. This will be seen as a bridging course into the MDP (NQF7) course.
The BMP NQF 5 and MDP NQF 7 courses are part-time and designed to assist new managers and employees in various sectors of the Printing and Packaging industries.
The BMP (NQF 5) course is designed in such a manner, that it allows the learners to attend one two day module per month, over a period of six months. The objective is to introduce these 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 NQF 6 Business Management course will be a bridging course into the MDP (NFQ 7) course. The reason behind this was to ensure that the knowledge the learners have acquired in NQF 5 is applied in their workplace. This bridging course will be 12 months. Therefore learners will have to complete assignments and projects and compile all evidence in a Portfolio Of Evidence. Workshops will be held during the year on areas in which the learners are interested in specialising, i.e. Digital, Packaging, Sales, Estimating etc.
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.
PRINTING SA is proud to be launching these programmes and is delighted to note that it will follow on from the Supervisors NQF 4 course which will be launched in 2013.