by Samantha Roy

Vital discipline for organisations

Business analysis learnership will help narrow skills gap in ICT

Addressing scarce skills
Technology enhances business solutions

Students can now enrol in the one-year National Certificate in Business Analysis Support Practice during 2013. The learnership will provide opportunities for learners to start a career in business analysis, which has been identified as a scarce skill in South Africa.

Business analysis is a vital discipline for organisations to ensure information technology enables the business to reach its goals and objectives.

“We are excited to add this certification to our already comprehensive education, training and skills development offering,” says Madelise Grobler, managing director at Bytes People Solutions. “The development of business analysts will have a positive impact on the broader economy of South Africa and will help to bring the country in line with international trends. Our business analysis learnership will help satisfy current industry requirements and to narrow the skills gap in the ICT sector.”

The qualification is available to anyone who has completed Grade 12. It is aimed at people who are new to the role of business analysis and are keen to pursue a career in this discipline.

Equally, it is aimed at graduates who have functional knowledge in areas such as human resources or finance, and who want to add another skill to their portfolios so that they can become more marketable in both the public and private sectors.

“Business analysis support practice focuses on the core competencies required to become a business analyst,” says Mauritz Oberholzer, business unit executive in Consulting Services at Bytes People Solutions. The qualification addresses the business analysis process, as well as the tools and techniques required to perform business analysis.

Processes are everywhere in an organisation, which means people who complete this course will have a far more holistic understanding of the organisation.

The learnership comprises three months of classroom-based training followed by nine months of workplace experience. People who complete the programme will be able to interact in a business environment, perform activities to assist with requirement specification, provide support for requirements analysis, and perform activities to assess whether the business requirements or needs have been met.

The certification will empower learners to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required to operate confidently as individuals in the South African community and to respond to the challenges of the economic environment and changing world of work.

Ultimately, this qualification is aimed at improving the productivity and efficiency of business analysts within all sectors in South Africa, to enable learners to access higher education and to provide an opportunity for lifelong learning.

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