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News from Member Organisations December 2023 - South Africa

South Africa December 2023

National new venture incubation learnership for practice management and NHI private practice pre-qualification

Further Education and Training NQF level 4

The Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa (OTASA) proudly shares its ground breaking , fully funded and inaugural collaboration with the Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority of South Africa. The national new venture creation is a further training conduit for occupational therapists below the age of 34 years, who aim to start their own businesses, potentially grow their private practices and become future employers and company owners. Fashioned as an 18.1 learnership, these young practitioners undergo fit-to-purpose skilling to enable successful and sustainable self-employment.

As the initiator, administrator and leader of this new venture creation, OTASA has identified aspiring and existing entrepreneurs (mentees), who will receive essential business and professional skill training by market leaders to launch their new business venture by the year 2025. Furthermore, experienced occupational therapy practice owners/managers/CEOs take the role of mentors, recognized by the OTASA Professional Body for Management, Leadership and Fields of Practice (PBML&FoP) as advanced or expert practitioners.

Four key components of engagement take place over a period 12 months with a dedicated 120 credits and 1200 notational hours. These are:-

  1. The mentee accredited business training program. This also meets the requirement of broad-based economic empowerment which South Africa has in place to promote an equal-opportunity economy.
  2. The mentor business coaching program. This enables cross cultural leadership applicable to the diverse South African context.
  3. On site practice learning.
  4. Mentor and mentee businesses NHI pre-qualification. In accordance to criteria of the South African Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC)this component allows readiness for the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI), a health financing system that aims to offer affordable health services to all South Africans.