The aim of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is for the four organisations to collaboratively promote professionalism and ethics across the services sector in South Africa. It has been developed to tackle the skills gaps and needs for up to 15,000 current and aspiring managers and responds to the South African Government’s stated desire to increase competition and productivity within the sector.
The MoU will also bring a range of practical benefits to participating managers and consultants across South Africa. Individuals will have access to a series of professional development programmes leading to formal professional accreditation. In an effort to develop the skills of emerging managers and leaders, a series of initiatives will be launched through the MoU – these will range from scholarship programmes to mentoring schemes. More experienced managers will be given the opportunity to apply for Chartered Manager status and designation.
Attending the signing at CMI’s National Conference, which was held on 14 October at the Royal Garden Hotel in London, were Ivor Blumenthal, CEO of the Services SETA (SSETA), John Moore, Managing Director of Exponential Training & Assessment (ETA), Ruth Spellman OBE, Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Huw Hilditch-Roberts, Director of the Institute of Business Consulting (IBC).
Ivor Blumenthal said of the joint working relationship: “Our partnership creates a unique opportunity for managers across South Africa’s service sector to build their capabilities and develop standards that are recognised internationally. As our nation continues to enhance its reputation across the globe it is also essential that we are able to benchmark our competence and performance levels. I have every confidence that this new partnership will enable us to do so.”
Exponential’s Managing Director, John Moore, said, “This agreement is the result of Exponential having worked with the Services SETA over the past two years. I am extremely proud that my company has been chosen by the Services SETA and that we have the opportunity to contribute to the continued growth and development of South Africa – it is a great country with great people and great potential”.
Ruth Spellman added: “In signing this agreement, the four organisations are effectively pledging their commitment to help improve management standards across the globe. At a time when global co-operation is essential, this partnership will draw upon the strengths of each organisation to tackle the management and leadership skills shortages that affect businesses irrespective of the borders they sit within. I am delighted to bring the parties together and look forward to a successful future together.”