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Level: 2
SAQA ID: 58781
MerSETA: 19-MER/ACC/002817
Learnership Duration: 12 Months
Credits: 125
Contact Days: Customise to client-specific needs and learner experience/level
Target Market: Production assistant; factory assistant; logistics assistant; quality assistant

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Description

Recommended entry requirements

Learners should be competent in the following:

  • Communication at NQF Level 1
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 1

 

Purpose

The combination of learning outcomes that comprise this qualification will provide the qualifying learner with vocational knowledge and skills appropriate to the context of production technology.

This qualification provides learners with the range of learning and skills required to be able to perform a series of activities to support manufacturing, engineering and technology processes. Learners will acquire a range of skills in the identification of production parameters in manufacturing, engineering and technology industries and basic strategies to achieve them.

This qualification is the second qualification in a pathway of three (3) qualifications for learners in the production technology environment.

This qualification contributes to the industries in manufacturing and related fields which will allow learners who achieve the qualification to contribute and function in areas such as production planning and control, systems and maintenance, quality and occupational health and safety. Learners who will typically embark on this qualification are individuals who have an interest in a career in production technology. The production technology competencies incorporated in this qualification can also be offered as support skills programmes to incumbents in any other manufacturing, engineering and technology field qualifications.

Qualification rules

This qualification requires a total of 125 credits as listed below:

Fundamental component:

Fundamental: all 36 credits

Core component:

Core: all 69 credits

Elective component:

Elective: minimum 20 credits from the specialisation, sector or general elective unit standards

Exit level outcomes

The qualifying learner will be able to:

  1. Communicate production and manufacturing related operational information to a variety of end users. Range: End users include but are not limited to supervisor, serviceman, peers, co-workers.
  2. Optimise organisational structures, functions and processes in order to contribute to achieving production specifications.
  3. Maintain a safe and healthy work environment through contributions made to production activities individually and in working groups.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of production technology practices, terminology and systems as applied in manufacturing, engineering and technology.
  5. Apply quality standards and procedures in production activities.
Learning Outcomes

Communicate in the workplace

  • Oral communication accommodates audience and context needs.
  • Range: Audience can include internal organisation customers such as supervisor, serviceman, peers, co-workers and suppliers and communication can be about materials or product characteristics and quality).
  • Interpretation of information from texts is justified in terms of literal and implicit content of text.
  • Range: Text includes production plans, job instructions, and work procedures, policies.
  • Use of information from texts is relevant for specific contexts.
  • Written texts are relevant for specified communicative contexts.
  • Range: Written text pertains to routine maintenance, safety, quality, and production documentation, production
  • Data and process control parameters that are recorded.
  • Use of language and communication in occupational learning programmes meet specified requirements.

 Optimise organisational structures

  • The organisational structure and functions are explained to reflect the inter-relationship between the production process and the broader organisation.
  • The systems and processes related to the workplace is identified and applied to reflect an understanding of organisational operations.
  • The role of the individual is identified and explained to demonstrate the impact on the achievement of production specifications and targets.
  • The role of individuals and their impact is identified and explained to reflect the achievement of quality specifications and targets.

 Safety in the workplace

  • Factors that constitute safe workplace practices are demonstrated to ensure safe work conditions for production.
  • Factors that pose a risk are identified and reported to address the specific risk.
  • The impact of maintenance on safe machine operations is explained to contribute to a safe and healthy work environment.
  • Routine maintenance is conducted, and records are kept to meet safety requirements.
  • How an individual contributes to health, safety and environmental practices is demonstrated through personal hygiene and adherence to policies and procedures.

 Demonstrate an understanding of production technology practices

  • Production technology practices, terminology and systems are explained in terms of its relationship to production.
  • Production input, process and output variables and its influence are identified and explained to optimise resource utilisation and the production process.
  • Production targets are explained in terms of production requirements and contribution to organisational goals.
  • Range: Production requirements include given time, cost, quality, quantity, value-add and customer specifications.
  • Safety, health and environmental policies, procedures and legislation are complied with during the production process.

 Apply quality standards and procedures in production activities.

  • Quality control principles and practices are interpreted and applied to meet quality specifications in production.
  • An understanding of the importance of continuous quality checks are demonstrated to reflect its impact on production.
  • Quality problems are solved by comparing and interpreting quality data in the workplace.
  • Basic monitoring of production is undertaken to ensure that the product stays within the limits of quality specifications.
  • Range: Basic monitoring: sensory, simple measurement, defect charts, samples.
Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

The following Critical Cross-Field Outcomes are embedded in the associated Unit Standards:

  • Identifying and solving problems in which responses indicate that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made.
  • Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community.
  • Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.
  • Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information.
  • Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral/written persuasion.
  • Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
  • Demonstrating and understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

Learning programmes directed towards this qualification will also contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large, by making individuals aware of the importance of:

  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively.
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities.
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts.
  • Exploring education and career opportunities; and developing entrepreneurial opportunities.
Modules

Module 1:  Orientation to a contact centre

  • Identifying and defining what a Contact Centre is
  • Identifying Contact Centre principles and concepts
  • Identifying the benefits of instilling in self a Contact Centre culture
  • Persuading others of the benefits of a Contact Centre culture

 Module 2:  Business-Writing Skills

  • Use a range of reading and/or viewing strategies to make meaning of texts.
  • Identify the main ideas in different text types
  • Read/view and respond to texts for a variety of purposes
  • Identify and discuss how language structures and features may influence a reader/audience
  • Write/sign for a specific purpose, audience and context
  • Use grammatical structures and writing/signing conventions to produce coherent and cohesive texts
  • for specific contexts
  • Adapt language to suit context
  • Draft and edit own writing/signing

 Module 3:  Language and Communication

  • Find and use suitable learning resources
  • Use learning strategies
  • Manage occupational learning programme materials
  • Plan and gather relevant information for use in each context
  • Function in a team
  • Reflect on how characteristics of the workplace and occupational context affect learning

 Module 4:  Numeracy Skills

  • Use mathematics to plan and control personal and/or household budgets and income and expenditure
  • Use simple and compound interest to make sense of and define a variety of situations including investments, stokvels, inflation, appreciation and depreciation
  • Investigate various aspects of financial transactions including costs, prices, revenue, cost price, selling price, loss and profit.
  • Use and analyse computational tools and strategies, and make estimates and approximations
  • Demonstrate understanding of numbers and relationships among numbers and number systems, and represent numbers in different ways
  • Convert flexibly between and within various representations of functions.
  • Compare, analyse and describe the behaviour of patterns and functions.
  • Estimate, measure and calculate physical quantities in practical situations.
  • Explore transformations of two-dimensional geometric figures.

 Module 5:  Oral Communication

  • Use a variety of strategies to maintain communication.
  • Adapt language to accommodate socio-cultural sensitivities without losing own meaning.
  • Use knowledge of language structures and conventions to shape or decode meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary or constructions.
  • Organise and present information in a focused and coherent manner.
  • Identify and explain how speakers/signers influence audiences.

 Module 6:  Diversity of a Contact Centre

  • Communicating within a diverse environment - internal and external.
  • Interacting within a diverse environment both within a Contact Centre and to external customers.

 Module 7:  Problem Solving in a Contact Centre

  • Obtain and evaluate project information to facilitate Contact Centre problem solving
  • Provide advice and support regarding received information to facilitate problem solving

 Module 8:  Service Excellence in a Contact Centre

  • Identify customer needs in a Contact Centre
  • Respond to customer needs in a Contact Centre
  • Identify the customer's problem
  • Commit to solving the customer complaint
  • Arrange correct planning and solutions to the customer's problems
  • Communicate with all stakeholders
  • Provide practical business solutions

Module 9:  Telephone Skills in an Inbound Contact Centre

  • Demonstrating and applying knowledge of computer packages within a Contact Centre
  • Using a computerised system
  • Retrieving calls from customers
  • Identifying customer needs in a Contact Centre

Module 10:  Working in Teams in a Contact Centre

  • Communicating with all relevant stakeholders to enhance teamwork
  • Reporting on team progress to appropriate authority and team
  • Displaying tendencies to work with others as a member of a Contact Centre team
  • Handling and resolving areas of conflict

Module 11:  Working in an Emergency Contact Centre

  • Retrieving calls within a Contact Centre from customers in emergency situations
  • Documenting information from customers in emergency situations
  • Responding within a Contact Centre to emergencies
  • Following up on customers in emergency situations

 Module 12:  Telesales

  • Placing calls to customers
  • Recording information from customer
  • Responding to queries from customers
  • Providing follow up to customers' request
Unit Standards - Fundamental component
US ID US Title Level Credits
119463  Access and use information from texts Level 2 5
9009  Apply basic knowledge of statistics and probability to influence the use of data and procedures in order to investigate life-related problems Level 2 3
7480  Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems Level 2 3
119454  Maintain and adapt oral/signed communication Level 2 5
12444  Measure, estimate and calculate physical quantities and explore, describe and represent geometrical relationships in 2-dimensions in different life or workplace contexts Level 2 3
119460  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes Level 2 5
7469  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life Level 2 2
9007  Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems Level 2 5
119456  Write/present for a defined context Level 2 5

Unit Standards - Core component
US ID US Title Level Credits
14445  Frame and implement an individual action plan to improve productivity within an organisational unit Level 1 3
13162  Identify and describe inputs, outputs, stages and quality indicators of the manufacturing, assembly or engineering process Level 1 10
13167  Identify potential hazards and critical safety issues in the workplace Level 1 2
9964  Apply health and safety to a work area Level 2 3
114891  Count stock for a stock-take Level 2 5
13220  Keep the work area safe and productive Level 2 8
119139  Monitor the quality of the input materials and the manufactured plastic product Level 2 12
12036  Orientate self in the workplace Level 2 6
13221  Perform routine maintenance Level 2 8
12667  Supply raw and processed material to production line Level 2 3
12463  Understand and deal with HIV/AIDS Level 2 3
12456  Explain and use organisational procedures Level 3 6
Unit Standards - Elective component
US ID US Title Level Credits
9879  Use and care for tools and equipment Level 2 10
12476  Select, use and care for engineering measuring equipment Level 2 4
119744  Select, use and care for engineering hand tools Level 2 8

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