HR Indaba Africa 2018: Pearson's professional programmes provide the tools for career advancement

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In a fast-changing world, education is the key to success. Pearson’s world-class tools, content, products and services are designed to help people adapt to the changing world, navigate its challenges and opportunities and ultimately make progress in their lives. 

“The world of work is changing at a rapid rate and the traditional organisational forms are being challenged by the increase of new technology and the demand for modern management and leadership, with a deliberate shift required in mindset and workforce capabilities,” says Alice Bhebhe, Executive Director of HR, Pearson South Africa

“In the new world of work, companies need to ensure that employees and leaders have the flexibility and agility to learn and unlearn knowledge and skills as both social, business and other requirements dictate. They need to have the ability to work across functions, and therefore needs to acquire transferable skills and also embrace new technology and have space and ability to innovate. Lastly, leaders have to be empowered and enabled to identify the required future capabilities in order to hire right, lead & develop accordingly.” 

Pearson Professional SA Programmes partner with leading institutions, faculties, content providers, certification exam centres and Pearson’s own institute of higher education to help working professionals update their skills and progress in their careers while making material improvements in the companies for which they work. Their online, face-to-face and blended programmes span across a number of industries offering accredited, non-accredited soft skills, as well as certification exams for all seniority levels in an organisation. Cutting-edge learning technology, classroom infrastructures and pedagogical methods are used to keep students updated and working with top-quality professionals both local and international to deliver the programmes.

The Pearson Programmes

The MicroMasters® programmes, for example, are a series of courses from top universities designed to advance careers. Students may apply to the university offering credit for the MicroMasters® certificate and, if accepted, can pursue an accelerated and less expensive Master’s Degree.

Professional programmes are a series of courses designed by industry leaders and top universities to build and enhance critical professional skills needed to succeed in today's most in-demand fields.

Verified Certificate programmes are a series of courses designed by industry leaders and top universities to build and enhance critical professional skills. All Verified Certificate programmes allow learners the opportunity to earn a verified certificate of completion, which offers additional learning opportunities.

Created by world-renowned experts and top universities, XSeries programmes provide a deep understanding of exciting and in-demand fields. Earn a certificate of achievement to demonstrate knowledge.

Says Franco Human, Director of Pearson Professional:

“We partner with top institutions like Wharton, Berkeley and MiT (to name a few) to provide students with globally recognised, industry-relevant programmes of study. Our blended model provides flexible online courses with in-person support and interaction to help programme completion and career progression. Combining online curriculum with local services and expertise, we aim to deliver online and blended programmes that result in effective learning outcomes. The focus is on learning and that it is engaging and provides a network for career advancement."

He continues: "Pearson Professional provides education that is recognised globally and connects to a global network, engagement with peers and instructors – internationally and locally, in-person and online, curriculum and competencies most demanded by employers and programmes validated by leading academic institutions and relevant industries.”