In a move that reflects the Services SETA’s determination to embrace the benefits of the fourth industrial revolution, SSETA is launching its first ever online learning program this month in association with Durban-based real estate elearning provider, PropAcademy.
This pilot programme, which forms part of the SSETA’s eLearning Adoption Project, will enable 15 real estate students to complete a four-week course in property valuations from the comfort and convenience of their homes or offices at a time that suits their busy schedules.
The course, which carries 12 SAQA credits, was compiled by PropAcademy and incorporates a range of elearning materials including videos and webinars. Students will be able to access the course via the SSETA’s Learner Management Information System (LMIS); and their work will be assessed and moderated by PropAcademy’s team of real estate training professionals. The LMIS is an online interactive platform where learners will be issued with their own portals where they can complete their course, answer questions and upload required evidence and documents.
The project is headed by Tumelo Ngwako, acting accreditation manager at SSETA and head of its elearning implementation committee. Dumisani Zinondo, from ImplementX Analytics whose expertise includes aiding and implementing elearning strategies and solutions, has been appointed to lead the project. ImplementX Analytics work closely with Xenothan Hojem of Synrgise who runs the learning platform.
The project is part of the SSETA’s quest to continuously improve its value proposition to its stakeholders. The aim of this pilot project is to transition the capabilities of the Services SETA to an operating model that includes accredited elearning or online learning programmes.
Real estate professionals work long and variable hours and this type of learning will benefit them enormously with the convenience and accessibility that online learning provides. SSETA is therefore kicking off the initiative with a pilot project in the real estate industry.
PropAcademy CEO Janet Alexander said the company was honoured to have been selected to partner SSETA in this new and exciting venture.
“As a South African pioneer in the provision of online courses for real estate professionals, including those aimed at qualifications regulated by the Estate Agency Affairs Board, PropAcademy has seen the popularity of online learning explode within the industry. We are therefore delighted with the brave progressive decision by SSETA to investigate the potential of eLearning. We have seen first-hand how it increases access to training and advancement for all individuals, including those living outside the major metropolitan areas where most on-site training courses take place,” she said.