Q: How can I improve my chances at a job without a degree or diploma?
A: Make a start with a short skills course. There are different kinds:
Most TVET Colleges (public and private) and Universities offer many short (1 year to 30 hours) skills courses. Go online and search for all the institutions in your area here:
SHORT COURSES AS PART OF A BIGGER QUALIFICATION
Quite often the course is part of of a larger certificate or diploma. These parts are called Unit Standards.
Welding, for example, is registered as National Certificate: Welding Application and Practice Number 57881 by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) but it is part of an Engineering qualification. If you pass this short course, it will be recognized if you want to do a Diploma in Engineering.
MAKE SURE IT IS
- A qualification registered by SAQA.
Scroll down to Registered qualifications and unit standards
(Public colleges and Universities are usually registered, but it is important to check Private Colleges – see REGISTERS below) You can ask the College for its accreditation details and the registration number of the course you are interested in.
- Offered by a training provider accredited with SAQA.
Once you have found the registered course, scroll down for accredited providers of that course
(Public Colleges and Universities are accredited, but it is important to check Private Colleges – see REGISTERS below)
AS A STAND-ALONE COURSE
There are many courses offered which give you the skills to add to what you already have.
- End user computing or
- Event management or
- Autocad are good examples.
Look for Short Courses or Skills Courses, or Part-time courses
To check whether a College is registered and a course is accredited, please check these registers: