Accsys sponsors bursary and helps narrow the payroll skills gap

November 5, 2008 • Enterprise

Accsys_Teryl_2008_02.JPGAccsys, a national provider of payroll, HR and time and attendance management solutions, has sponsored a payroll bursary to the value of R21 000 as a prize at the South African Payroll Association’s national conference. The winning company, Credit Guarantee Africa, has been a member of the Association since its inception in 1998.

The bursary allows for a candidate to study and complete the two-year NQF Level 5 qualification, recognized as the highest qualification level available in the payroll industry. The Accsys SAPA bursary has now been won for the second time.

Collecting the bursary cheque at the conference on behalf of the company, Eric Loubser thanked executive management at Accsys for their ongoing contribution towards skills development in the payroll industry.

“This bursary will go a long way towards upskilling personnel and we appreciate the opportunity it affords us to reinforce capabilities and drive home the benefit of optimized service levels. Skills shortage is a recognized challenge in many industries, and payroll efficiency is critical for operations in the current socio-economic climate. Service providers like Accsys are playing a key role in ensuring the industry successfully negotiates the challenge,” adds Loubser.

Teryl Schroenn, CEO at Accsys, congratulated Credit Guarantee Africa on its win and said that Accsys continues to place a premium on efforts to bolster education and application of skills in the payroll industry.

“In addition to our participation and sponsorship at the conference, we have also established a foundation for effective learnership, on-the-job training and recruitment. Initiatives that are focused on eLearning and apprenticeship must be at the forefront of our collective, industry-driven campaign to maintain and sustain skills development in HR and payroll,” says Schroenn.

Speaking on behalf of the South African Payroll Association, Val Forrest, administration secretary, said the bursary is a boost for the industry and a major contribution towards the Association’s ongoing campaign to professionalise the industry.

“We are working closely with our partners, like Accsys, and the Services Sector Education and Training Authority to instill higher levels of professionalism and reinforcement of skills sets. Our mandate is to assist in efforts to increase numbers of accredited qualified payroll personnel. Payroll skills are scarce and we need to do as much as possible to address this,” says Forrest.

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