The Labour Law Academy has been established in order to provide comprehensive access to knowledge and skills regarding labour law and labour relations in South Africa. The prime aim is to help practitioners become professional, apply the principles of fairness and bring about industrial justice in South African workplaces.
The Labour Law Academy difference
What is so different about what the Labour Law Academy does, and why should you subscribe or register? The difference is this: The Labour Law Academy does not offer qualifications: it offers knowledge and skills.
Qualifications vs knowledge and skills
You could do a qualification with the many training providers out there which offer similar sounding material. Or you could even do a degree course at a tertiary institution.
But here is the issue: When I lectured the labour law course which is part of the LLB programme at a university this is what I found: students are required to follow material in ‘the book’. That material covered a wide range of information. Then students are tested and examined on the material. I found that both the students and the university were not interested in anything I told them that was not in the book, the usual question being: Is this is the test/ exam? So the result is that students learn like a parrot and do not learn to think. And what they learn is information, and only a tiny bit of that information is examined on and even the pass rate is 40%! They are not taught to think, or apply that information.
The same applies to the way training in labour relations is done- you attend a course on ‘chairing a disciplinary hearing’ and after that you are supposed to be able to go out and actually chair a hearing.
The Labour Law Academy does not offer qualifications: it offers knowledge and skills. By having a qualification whether from a university or training institution you are assumed to be able to actually do what you have been qualified in. But the reality is that the gap between a person with a qualification and a person with experience is massive.
In short ……..
The Labour Law Academy is unique, provides cost effective and immediate access to a comprehensive list of labour law topics. The content is properly researched, and conveyed in a practical and accessible way just when it is needed. The learning can be applied fairly and consistently by any party whether from the perspective of an employee, a union, an employer or chairperson or arbitrator.