All employees, facilitators and assessors are equipped with the appropriate experience and certification as required by the regulating institutions. Lectures are conducted at our campus which boasts a bird’s eye view of vessels entering and leaving the Port of Durban. The school is situated in the vicinity of the Point Waterfront, 500m from Ushaka Marine World in KwaZulu - Natal. In March 2012 we opened offices in Gauteng located in Braamfontein.
SAMS was founded in 1986 by Commander PJK Fitt, a Master Mariner with a significant experience in the maritime training industry. SAMS initially occupied premises in the Maydon Wharf area in the proximity to the legendary “Maydon Wharf Tea Room”, where many a freight professional of today attended classes in Cargo Handling, Logistics and Shipping Practice.
All the programs comprise of unit standards which are building blocks towards the National Qualifications Framework. A credit is made up of 10 notional hours. If a unit standard has 6 credits, a learner would be expected to attend some form of learning for 60 hours. This may be in the form of practical tasks, work experience or class sessions. For assessment purposes, each unit standard is assessed and learners are required to complete the respective assessments.
Each assessment is discussed with learners prior to the start of the unit standard. A learner will only be found competent once they have successfully passed their examination and have submitted all their portfolio of evidence tasks. Upon completion of each unit standard, learners will be assessed before they commence with the next unit standard.
Learners will receive continuous feedback on their progress from the Facilitator and Assessor. An independent (external) moderator is required to review all assessments thereby ensuring a consistently high quality product. On successful completion of a program, the learner would be awarded with the relevant certificate or diploma.
A learnership is a form of work-based or ‘on-the-job’ training which results in an NQF-registered qualification. Learners on the programme will therefore spend some time learning and practising skills in the workplace, and some time learning knowledge or theory, usually in a class-room based situation through an institution or a provider. Learnerships are about occupations, and can be offered to both employed and unemployed learners. Learnerships are linked to the Skills Development Strategy, and are seen as an important way of addressing the skills shortages in South Africa. A learnership must be registered with the Department of Labour.
Because a learnership must lead to a qualification registered on the NQF, its design must meet the criteria for qualifications set out by SAQA. This will include requirements for the curriculum and its assessment. Most learnerships happen in a particular occupational sector (although some cut across different sectors), and will therefore fall under a particular SETA which will put in place its own requirements.
Delivery of a programme is based on a Learnership Agreement, which is a contract between a learner, an employer, and a training provider for a specified period. Without a host employer and a workplace context to provide the work exposure and practical training, there is no learnership. There is no obligation on the employer to employ the learner on termination of the agreement.
Learnerships are funded mainly from SETA grants to employers, and are linked to tax incentives for employers. Companies can recover a portion of their contribution to the Skills Development Levy through running learnerships. Learnerships generally include an allowance for learners. Classroom training sessions take place throughout the year, usually 1 week in duration within a 7 week period. Learners are able to use the training gained in class in the performance of their work place responsibilities.
The method of assessment utilized is not only through writing exams but rather through practical abilities and on the job training. The assessing process is an accumulation of a number of assignments and tasks collectively known as a Portfolio of Evidence (POE). Learnerships help ensure that a company’s’ workforce is skilled and has practical experience in the respective fields.
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After successful completion of this qualification the learner will be equipped with adequate
knowledge to adhere to the required processes and procedures relating to the import and export
of international trade. The learner will also be able to use effective geographic and logistic
concepts to carry out their daily import and export duties.
Learners will be able to further their studies and thereby specialize in international logistics and supply chain management.
All learners enrolled on the customs compliance and freight forwarding program full time, will complete this shipping practice during week day lectures and custom electives on Saturdays.
The content of this program prepares learners who wish to be involved in shipping
operations both practically and in the office environment. It aims to provide learners
with the necessary knowledge, skills and applied competency to manage logistics in an
enterprise in an integrated manner. Learners would have to complete either one of two
electives, namely Managing Liner Trades or Occupational Health and Safety.
This is a part time program developed to ensure that learners build a solid foundation of competency in the ships agency field. This is aimed at providing learners with the conceptual framework to perform routine and non-routine shipping functions and serves as a sound foundation for further studies in the maritime environment.
It is estimated that logistic costs, as a whole, constitute approximately 14% of the cost of
goods in South Africa, which is at least 50% above the global norm. A large proportion of this
spend is attributed to inefficiencies as a result of a lack of competency. In order to become
competitive, South Africa needs to be more efficient in delivery of its goods ensuring that
goods are always delivered on time and to the correct location. In order to achieve this,
a world class supply chain is required to be established and maintained
Competent supply chain management practitioners, with properly trained support staff are required for this purpose. The following core and elective unit standards are addressed in this qualification:
The purpose of this program is to improve the knowledge and skills of persons who are directly or
indirectly involved in importing and exporting goods,
the transport and logistics involved in this process or who are planning to enter the importing
and exporting field.
Focused at middle management in the import and export industries as well as freight transport operators, this program has been developed to provide learners who are being introduced to the maritime industry for the first time with a solid foundation of the skills required in the maritime workplace.
The skills, values, attitudes and knowledge reflected in the program are building blocks that will prepare the learner for progression along the industry’s learning ladder of registered qualifications. Successful completion of this qualification ensures learner a development pathway into a full range of learning fields related to international trade, freight forwarding, customs compliance, logistics and supply chain management.
The diploma program caters for those already permanently working within the maritime industry or those that have completed the relevant NQF level 04 qualifications in the maritime industry. This qualification is conducted and benchmarked against international standards. Learning is carried out over a period of 2 years on a part time basis (Saturdays only). Learners have the option of completing the whole program or sections which are pertinent to their jobs, thereby completing the program over a longer period.
Upon completion of certificate we offer a voluntary leadership program. This program provides an assessment of the learners’ character under challenging circumstances. The curriculum is similar to that of the SANDF six week Citizen Force training program. It has been adapted and excludes the weapons training. The program involves learners being accommodated away from the general public in “army tents” and enduring daily morning inspections with drills for prolonged periods each day and attendance of lectures.