What does upskilling mean?
Upskilling is when you learn new skills that not only benefit you in your professional life, but also your personal life. Learning new skills creates a better future for yourself and can even help you earn a better salary.
Upskilling is one way you can keep yourself relevant in an ever-changing work environment and increase your worth to your company or a prospective employer.
Companies employ candidates who upskill themselves because these candidates are aware of trends, new inventions, and developments in their industry, and they can be assured that the candidate have the necessary foundation when it comes to their job.
What are the benefits of upskilling yourself?
- Better job opportunities;
- It costs less money to employ people who have upskilled themselves over the years – you do not necessarily have to have a master’s degree, but upskilling yourself with short courses makes a big difference on your resume!
- Make yourself more employable;
- Not only are you upgrading your skills, but you are showing that you are a motivated, disciplined and responsible employee.
- Job security;
- Outperforming yourself leads to promotion, evolvement, and growth which helps pave the way to a secure career. With the right skills, you can climb the corporate ladder faster than someone who has not upskilled themselves at all.
- Change careers or relocate;
- If you are unhappy with your current job, upskilling can push you into a whole different career path, or even help you relocate to a different country. Relocation is a hot topic on many South Africans’ lips these days, with people from all over the country wanting to leave and look for greener pastures.
- Discover passions and develop yourself personally;
- Personal development leads to fulfilment and purpose in life. Learning new skills uncovers new interests. You might also meet like-minded people which in return may have a positive effect in your life.
Ways to upskill yourself
- Online or in-person short courses;
- Complete relevant courses in your industry. Choose specialised short courses that align with your interest or line of work.
- Ask for opportunities at work;
- Take on a project outside of your usual scope of work, this way you develop new competencies.
- Mentoring & Coaching;
- Ask people you admire for recommendations, skills, knowledge, and guidance to further your personal development and then apply it in real life.
- Stay up to date;
- TED Talks, Webinars, Youtube, LinkedIn, Twitter etc. These are all ways you can stay plugged in on current changes at your convenience. Attending conferences, seminars or webinars are also ways you can stay up to date with developments and changes in your line of work.
- Join an industry association;
- Industry associations usually have networking events and programs that you can benefit from, and they usually give information about changes in the industry.
Doing short courses is the #1 way to upskill yourself. Also, a lot of employers are willing to offer higher salaries to candidates who have certain certificates.
Let’s talk about the International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety offered by WWISE, in accreditation with NEBOSH, one way you can upskill yourself in the Occupational Health and Safety industry.
What is the NEBOSH International General Certificate about?
The NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is one of the most widely respected Health And Safety qualifications in the world. The course offers a certificate that is popular with the International Labour Organisation. Currently, it is in big demand not only locally but internationally in places like the Middle East, USA, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
The IGC is classed as a Level 3 qualification on the NQF and a Level 6 on the SCQF.
Why should you do the course?
This course is based on best industry practices for implementing and managing Occupational Health And Safety systems in any industry, and it will help you become a fully qualified and competent Health & Safety Officer. WWISE, a SILVER-rated partner in accreditation with NEBOSH, offers this world-wide known course to anyone in South Africa looking to embark on an Occupational Health and Safety journey.
Where can you do the course?
You can complete the 2-week course with us at WWISE in Pretoria, Cape Town & Durban.
Who is the course for?
- Safety Managers
- Supervisors and/or any other employees with Health and Safety responsibilities
- People considering to relocate or change careers
- Those already in OHS aspiring to upskill their knowledge
- Anyone with a Health & Safety background
What will you learn?
- How to effectively manage health and safety
- How to identify and control common workplace hazards
- How to measure if you have been successful
- Relevant key international standards
When can you do the course?
- PTA 8-19 MAY | 3-14 JUL | 4-15 SEPT | 6-17 NOV
- CPT 19-30 JUN | 9-20 OCT
- DBN 14-25 AUG
WWISE is one of the few training providers in Southern Africa offering this 2-week course in-person (classroom), via webinar or via distance training. WWISE is a silver accredited training provider with NEBOSH, with company credibility from SABS, SAATCA, SAIOSH, SAQI and many more. We offer free access to our training facilities, Wi-fi, stationery and secure parking.
By completing the course with us you have access to the facilitator, and everyday meal plans (Strictly Halaal). The training will be conducted by our Lead Tutor with highly prestigious qualifications in Occupational Health & Safety. You will have access to videos and a library to enhance your learning experience.
For more information about the International General Certificate, contact us at 086 109 9473 (Head Office) or 021 525 9159 (Cape Town).
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