Q: Is the Labour Law Academy (Pty) Ltd principally a training company?
A: The world of learning is changing very fast. The idea that someone is trained, achieves a qualification and then fits into a job title is quickly becoming redundant. The major problem with labour law and labour relations in South Africa is that there are so many changes which happen in a short period of time. The Labour Relations Act, 1995 has just been amended again, the Constitutional Court has handed down judgements on a range of labour law matters which materially alters what was taught at University in a law school or in any management/ labour relations course last year.
So no, the LLA is not primarily a training company. The aim is rather to help Practitioners to keep up to date with developments by providing knowledge and skills available from their workplaces at any time, which will help them to be professional and thereby to improve the labour relations culture in every South African workplace.
Q: Are courses unit standard aligned and registered?
A: Many of the topics on which courses have been presented are not covered by any unit standard- there is no unit standard for the material covered and so in that case the courses are not unit standard aligned and not registered. In some cases there is a unit standard but the unit standard includes some topics in which we have developed courses but excludes others.
Put simply, the courses presented by the Labour Law Academy (Pty) Ltd are a comprehensive discussion and explanation of the topic, whereas the unit standards which are registered provide an outline of the topic.
It is nevertheless the intention of LLA to be able to provide training concerning all unit standards that are registered. This will take some time to achieve but is in line with our objective to be comprehensive in our training. The fact is however, that many of the issues which practitioners are required to deal with in the workplace are not covered by unit standards. In addition some unit standards make mention of some aspects, but leave out many other subjects which properly form part of any training on evidence. For example the unit standard on evidence includes hearsay evidence, but does not include training on illegally gathered evidence. In fact this unit standard is plain wrong: the title is ‘Evidence in Mediations” – well, the only place one does not use evidence is in mediations!!