The purpose of this qualification is to provide learners with entry-level knowledge, skills and attitudes for the transport and logistics sector of the South African economy. Furthermore, qualifying learners will be afforded the choice of specialisation in any of the modes of transport. The range of typical learners will include:
- Unemployed learners with accessibility for employment within the sector.
- Currently employed learners with a planned combination of learning outcomes, thereby promoting flexibility to pursue further studies across all sectors of industry.
- Access for all learners to formal education and recognition of current skills.
The transport sector of the South African economy has demonstrated consistent growth over the last five years. Projected expansion is targeted in terms of the National Department of Transport Strategy 2006-2009. This, together with the ever expanding business interests in the African continent, has created more employment opportunities within the Transport and Logistics sector of the economy. These factors demonstrate the need for an entry-level qualification.
This qualification will assist the transport industry to meet the demands of the future and enable employment opportunities contributing to the growth of the South African economy.
The General Education and Training Certificate (GETC) is part of an integrated lifelong learning programme incorporating basic literacy, numeracy and general education, specifically reflecting the workplace needs of the transport and logistics industry, namely road transport, forwarding and clearing, freight handling, maritime transport, rail transport and air transport.
Whilst this National Qualification was designed with the transport and logistics industry in mind, the largely generic nature of the qualification will also equip learners to enter the world of work in a number of industries, as it provides for vertical and lateral articulation within the transport industry and other sectors of the economy.
The flexibility within the range of electives allows an individual to pursue a career within any one of the specialised modes within the transport industry (namely aerospace, warehousing and distribution, stevedoring, rail, road freight transport, courier industry, maritime, fishing, port operations, forwarding and clearing, pipeline operations and road passenger transport.) This will ensure the availability of suitably trained employees within an industry that has been targeted for growth.