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A group of City of Johannesburg employees is set to graduate with local government accounting qualifications at the end of this year.
The qualifications were jointly developed by the AAT, the professional Association for Accounting Technicians in the UK, and the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants to improve the finance and accounting skills of municipal employees and improve the delivery of service.
This is the fourth year that city officials are being afforded the opportunity to improve skills.
“I’m very glad that I got this chance,” says Prudence Leshalabe, a bookkeeper in the City of Joburg’s group financial reporting department.
“I started my studies in November and I can see how my accounting skills have improved, especially regarding financial recording procedures.”
Although she works full-time, Leshalabe says the course is manageable because of the way it is structured.
“We attend classes two or three days a month. It is planned according to a timetable so our line managers and colleagues know what’s going on. It is convenient because we can walk to classes at Boston City Campus and Business College in Braamfontein, just around the corner from our offices.”
According to Tebogo Shilajoe, a training co-ordinator in the same department, the municipal employees are split into three groups and receive their AAT training through different providers.
Twenty employees are studying at Boston City Campus and Business College.
Depending on their qualifications and experience, these municipal officials can opt to study for certificates at any level in Local Government Accounting.
The AAT Local Government Accounting Certificate is an introductory-level qualification for staff performing entry-level finance roles in municipalities.
Erhyn Ferreira, the academic quality manager at Boston City Campus and Business College, said it could benefit accounting assistants, debtors’ control clerks, cashiers, administrators, credit controllers, credit payment, tenders staff, creditors’ clerks, and bank reconciliation administrators.
“We are delighted to be part of this training initiative,” Ferreira says. “We are going out of our way to make the course as convenient and hands-on as possible so that the city officials can start benefiting from their new knowledge and skills as quickly as possible.
“We hope that learners will consider carrying on with their studies by moving on to the next level to improve their skills.
“The courses also provide for graduates and those working in management roles. They may be highly qualified in other skills, but may need to brush up on financial skills to progress in their careers.”
l Boston City Campus and Business College offers more than 80 qualifications. Call 011 551 2000, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.boston.co.za or Facebook.