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Grow your value & upskill multiple employees effortlessly

upskill your employees

Africa is a young continent, packed with unlimited potential. MasterStart is a platform geared for all of Africa’s future leaders, to help them develop and grow dynamically within the workplace. Excellence begins with education, which is why we’re committed to nurturing you and your team’s potential through our premium online short courses.

MasterStart’s corporate offering is enhanced by a new dynamic skills development structure, centred around corporate learning. This new structure caters for organisations of varying sizes, affording you the opportunity to upskill many employees on a large scale effortlessly

MasterStart and USB-ED

MasterStart is the collaborative partner in online education of USB-ED (University of Stellenbosch Executive Development). Through this partnership, we support USB-ED in its mandate to provide transformational learning experiences for Africa’s future leaders

MasterStart and B-BBEE Points For Your Business

Empowerdex, one of the most respected ratings agencies in South Africa, has issued an opinion classifying the online short courses offered by USB-ED and MasterStart in Category B of the Skills Development matrix.

The Skills Development category forms one of the primary pillars of B-BBEE which benefits your organisation and the positive upliftment of your staff. Earn up to 20 B-BBEE points (and 5 bonus points) through the Skills Development category towards your scorecard.

What does that mean for your business?

Training points are earned by:

  1. – Internal training – limited to 15% of total training spend
  2. – External training

How much do you need to spend to achieve full points?

Any company generating a revenue lower than R10 million per annum are exempt from upskilling black employees.

Companies that generate R10 to R49.99 million are required to spend a minimum of 3% on upskilling black employees.

Companies that generate R50 million and upwards are required to spend a minimum of 6% on upskilling black employees.

MasterStart’s courses could contribute towards your training spend

  1. – A category B course rating in the Learning Programme Matrix from Empowerdex (one of the most respected ratings agencies in South Africa) means that spend on MasterStart courses could form part of your total training spend.
  2. – All spend on category B courses could be included in your training spend, contributing to the required 6% of leviable payroll amount.
  3. – In addition to the actual course cost, the salary earned by the employee during the duration of the course could also be included in your training spend.

Benefits for the employer:

  • – Employers can include our courses in their mandatory grant application to access this grant from their Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA).
  • – Minimal productivity downtime as employees do not have to spend time off-site.

Enrol in a lifelong learning journey with us today! Empower your staff and your organisation, delivering a bold blow to Africa’s future success.

The importance of lifelong learning

life long learning

They say ‘knowledge is power’, but what does this mean? Well progress, whether it be in life, in self, in one’s career, or in any other sphere of one’s existence, begins with education. If one does not know better, he cannot do better. Therefore, the man who knows more will forever be ahead of the man who has seized to invest in continuous learning.

Learning is certainly a prerequisite for growth and the catalyst for positive change, which is why we should never stop but instead see it as a lifelong journey.

It’s also important to note that learning is not confined to formal mediums of education such as university courses or short courses, for example. It also extends across informal mediums which offer valuable information that can assist you in various aspects of your life or career. These mediums include informative newsletters written by reputable sources; articles covering tips offered by industry experts or newspaper and brochure inserts, to name a few.

Here are just a few of the benefits of consistently nurturing your potential through investing in lifelong learning:

1. Become a leader in your field and stay ahead of the competition

Through making the choice to consistently brush up your knowledge of your particular industry, you’ll certainly find yourself in the pound seat – no pun intended. Keeping ahead of industry advancements, understanding new techniques; the modern day threats and the general movements within your field, will afford you the ability to make sound decisions within your role. Those who fail to enhance their skills and their knowledge will quickly find themselves falling behind – especially in a world where one’s value in the workplace is often measured by how much they know, how current their skills are, and whether or not they are able to adjust and remain versatile in the modern business environment.

2. Boost your earnings

Making learning a lifelong commitment will give you leverage over your competition, giving you a better chance of swiftly scaling the corporate ladder – or finding success as a business owner. As previously mentioned, those who know better, can do better. Those who are well-learned are able to make better decisions, are able to successfully implement modern strategies and techniques; and offer fresh new ideas based on their newly acquired knowledge and expertise; thus they are more likely of making a success of their endeavours. Employers seek out individuals who show competence in various areas within their role, and will invest in individuals who are likely to drive the business forward.

3. Build your self-confidence

Self-confidence is one of the main ingredients for success. Those who aren’t confident in their abilities usually end up self-sabotaging without even realising it. Unfortunately, this is usually because of an internal knowing that they could be better, and that there are likely many others that are ahead of them in terms of skill and education. Improving your expertise and skills will give you the self-confidence you need to progress through life, as well as in your career; as you won’t feel threatened by others, but rather feel confident in what you have to offer.

4. Make better decisions in the workplace

It’s a no-brainer that through gaining a better understanding of the intricacies that come with performing your role you’ll be able to make better decisions. This is exactly why they say knowledge is power. It gives you the tools you need to make decisions that are in the best interest of your objective.

5. Become a well-respected individual/employee

People look up to those who can teach them something – those who are skillful, smart and competent. This is partly due to the person’s charismatic confidence in their abilities, but also largely due to the fact that they’re inspiring pioneers.

The best thing you can do for yourself is to make the choice to invest in your abilities and nurture your potential. It’s always the right time to make transformational decisions, but since it’s spring; the month of renewal, rebirth and growth, why not make the choice today?