For longer courses rebate will apply to courses accredited during year of study WITH A new scholastic year in the offing, there are now seven courses accredited by the education arm of the clearing and forwarding industry, according to Charles Dey, executive director of the MITB:F&C (Maritime Industry Training Board: Forwarding and Clearing section).
These are:Customs Affairs - one year; Forwarding Practice - two years; (The completion of these two leads to the award of the International Diploma in Freight Forwarding from FIATA - the global umbrella body for national forwarding associations); SAA Cargo courses - basics of airfreight, all about one-week long; Africa Growth Network - a course of video-based training in exports; Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce - import management, seven-week evening course; Institute of Export - three year course run by SAFTO (SA Foreign Trade Organisation); People's Education Group (PEG) - ABET (adult basic education and training) course. A PEG in-house literacy and numeracy course.
The benefit in the above seven course structures is that the MITB:F&C offers a 50% rebate against the course cost on successful completion.
This rebate, said Dey, is retrospective from the date on which accreditation was granted, in reference to the longer courses.
In other words, if a one year course is started in January, and the course accredited in October, then that rebate would be paid on successful completion of the course at the year-end. The training arm is currently working with people in the industry on a basic clearing course for Customs Affairs - It should be going next year, said Dey. And attention is also being given to an industry ABET course - this with the Transnet Training College at Esselen Park.