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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Investigate work opportunities in order to make a personal employment or work decision 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
120313  Investigate work opportunities in order to make a personal employment or work decision 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Life Skills   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 07 - Human and Social Studies People/Human-Centred Development 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular-Fundamental  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2012-07-01  2015-06-30  SAQA 0695/12 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2016-06-30   2019-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
11818  Investigate work opportunities in order to make a personal career/employment decision  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard was designed to assist learners who are about to embark on careers, or learners who are faced with a work change, to explore the world of work and select a work path or type of employment including self employment. It is intended for the unemployed, out of school youth and employees faced with a change in employment status. It could be included as an elective in any workplace qualification.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Investigating possible employment opportunities in own area.
  • Investigating the requirements for specific work opportunities.
  • Matching own personal profile to career and labour market opportunities.
  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding the process of accessing work/income-generating opportunities. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this Unit Standard is employment in the formal and informal sectors including self employment. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Investigate possible employment opportunities in own area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Information about work and employment opportunities is gathered from a variety of sources. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Sources include, but are not limited to, Labour centers, recruitment agencies, labour brokers, employment agencies, career resource centers libraries, national, regional and local newspapers, local bulletin boards, personal contacts, Internet and networking.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Work opportunities are classified in terms of categories of work type of employment and the skills required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ways of accessing employment opportunities are identified with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Ways of accessing employment include, but are not limited to, shadowing, volunteerism, internships, learnerships, self work creation and income generating opportunities.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Investigate the requirements for specific work opportunities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Entry requirements and training needed for a particular career or type of employment are investigated for three different fields or types of employment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Practitioners/employees in a selected field or type of work are interviewed to ascertain the reality of the selected type of work. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Formal and informal learning institutions/providers accessible to the learner are discussed in terms of the education and training opportunities available from each site. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Match own personal profile to career and labour market opportunities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Ways of determining labour market demands are investigated in relation to own situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Different work environments are investigated and a choice of occupation is made based on own profile and preferences. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Personal circumstances that could affect an employment decision are identified and an indication is given of how these could be accommodated in a specific situation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the process of accessing work/income generating opportunities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The steps in the process of securing employment or generating income are explained with reference to a specific opportunity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Information from a personal profile is selected which is relevant to a specific work position or income generating activity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A portfolio is compiled at a level suitable for submission to a prospective employer or sponsor. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Questions to be discussed with a prospective employer or sponsor are formulated for own situation. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessors for this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the appropriate ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the appropriate ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider through the appropriate ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the appropriate ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the appropriate ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures.
  • Moderators must be registered as assessors with the relevant ETQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Personal profiles. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems and make decisions based on own life situation in suggesting how personal circumstances that could affect an employment decision could be accommodated and in choosing an occupation based on a personal profile. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage him/herself investigating work opportunities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and critically evaluate information by investigating different types of work environments and discussing available training opportunities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively in presenting relevant information to a group and interviewing practitioners/employers about the reality of a selected type of work. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE QUALITY ASSURING BODY
    Elective  59300   General Education and Training Certificate: Transport  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2015-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  64749   National Certificate: Community Health Work  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2015-06-30  HW SETA 
    Elective  49556   National Certificate: Development Practice  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2015-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Elective  71491   National Certificate: Equine Studies  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2015-06-30  CATHSSETA 
    Elective  61809   National Certificate: Tyre Repair and Maintenance  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2015-06-30  MERSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Quality Assuring Bodies have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Quality Assuring Body should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Bridgestone South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Isando Branch (ISANDO) (TP) 
    2. Bridgestone South Africa (Pty) Ltd - PE Plant (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    3. DIONYSUS SKILLS DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE (PTY) LTD 
    4. Kemeso Business Enterprise 
    5. Makwedeng Training 
    6. Production Management Institute (PMI) 
    7. Skills For Life 
    8. SKILLS FOR LIFE TRAINING CENTRE 
    9. The Skills College for Development & Training cc (PRETORIA) (TP) 
    10. Yonke Environmental Solutions 



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