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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Identify career opportunities in the wholesale and retail sector 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259937  Identify career opportunities in the wholesale and retail sector 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Retail and Wholesale 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Wholesale and Retail 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

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 does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard supports the acquiring of the necessary skills and knowledge to facilitate the investigation of the Wholesale and Retail sector to enable the identification and selection of career path and employment opportunities in the sector.

Individuals credited with this unit standard will be able to distinguish between different career and employment opportunities through their understanding and knowledge of the Wholesale and Retail sector in order to make informed decisions in the selection of suitable employment opportunities at the onset of their envisaged career paths in the Wholesale and Retail environment.

Learners found competent against this unit standard will be able to:
  • Identify entry-level positions in the Wholesale and Retail sector.
  • Select a preferred career path.
  • Describe a career path. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at ABET Level 3. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify entry-level positions in the Wholesale and Retail sector. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different sub-sectors and categories in the Wholesale and Retail sector are listed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Entry-level positions in the sub-sectors and categories are listed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The minimum skills required for two positions are identified and listed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Select a preferred career path. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Career opportunities in the operational areas of Wholesale and Retail are listed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Career opportunities in support functions in Wholesale and Retail are listed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A preferred career path in the Wholesale and Retail sector is identified. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe a career path. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Skills and knowledge required for an operational and/or support career opportunity in Wholesale and Retail is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A personal career path within the Wholesale and Retail environment is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The Wholesale and Retail qualifications structure and qualifications available for the preferred career path are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Sources for the skills and knowledge required are described. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing an individual against this unit standard must meet the assessor requirements of the relevant ETQA. In particular, such assessors must demonstrate that they assess in terms of the scope and context defined in all the range statements. Any institution offering learning towards this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • External moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Categories in the Wholesale and Retail Sector.
  • Wholesale and Retail organisations, role-players.
  • Career opportunities in the sector.
  • Understanding of career-pathing.
  • Understanding of the relevant skills and knowledge required for a selected job categories. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The investigation of requirements and own career aspirations and opportunities require self organising and the management of own activities.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome:
  • Describe a career path. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The gathering and reporting of career specific information requires the collecting, analysis, organising and evaluation of information.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The relationship between the role-players in the sector, functional areas, career paths and the relationship between these requires a systemic understanding.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Identify entry-level positions in the Wholesale and Retail sector.
    Assessment Criteria:
    > The different sub-sectors and categories in the Wholesale and Retail sector are listed.
    > The minimum skills required for two positions are identified and listed.
  • Select a preferred career path. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    The following terms used in this unit standard is understood as follows:

    Sub-Sectors:
  • Refers to Wholesale, Retail, Franchises, Merchandising, Groups, large chain, independent and small, medium and micro enterprises associated with the Wholesale and Retail environment.

    Functional Areas:
  • Refers to administration, sales, receiving, dispatch, accounting, cashiering, and other relevant functional areas in the Wholesale and Retail environment.

    Categories:
  • Include but is not limited to hardware, music, food, clothing, furniture, general/speciality merchandise.

    Career path:
  • Includes the entry level position selected to start employment in the Wholesale and Retail environment as well as vertical and horizontal opportunities for advancement and promotion within various functional areas in the environment. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  71751   General Education and Training Certificate: Adult Basic Education and Training  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  73249   General Education and Training Certificate: Adult Basic Education and Training: Academic Curriculum  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2021-06-30  UMALUSI 


    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 Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries 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 Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Boland College Head Office 
    2. D Z D TRADING AND PROJECTS 24 
    3. Edutel Wholesale & Retail Academy 
    4. Golden Ratio College (Pty) Ltd 
    5. GPR Training Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    6. Guest Resource Services (Pty) Ltd 
    7. NOFESA cc 
    8. Northlink College - Protea Campus 
    9. South Cape Public FET College - George Campus 



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