Guarantee Trust Institute of Business (GTIB) offers something entirely new to the world of tertiary education: a nationally registered qualification that prepares you for the workplace and helps you find employment.

This is no idle claim. GTIB’s sister company, Guarantee Trust Corporate Support Services has trained and found employment for more than 10,000 of its graduates over the last decade.

Most tertiary qualifications focus on academic achievement, but graduates are ill-prepared for the demands of the workplace. They know little to nothing of office etiquette, business ethics or how to communicate verbally or in writing.

GTIB, with more than 10 years’ experience in work-readiness programmes in the banking, accounting and insurance sectors, fills that gap. Graduates from GTIB are given a full battery of soft-skill courses such as communication, life-long learning and basic administration skills.

A student completing an accounting diploma at GTIB is able to take a company’s accounts to trial balance stage on the day they enter employment. No long apprenticeship, articles or “up-skilling” is required. Which is why graduates of Guarantee Trust’s education programmes are in such high demand in the public and private sector. Nine out of 10 of our graduates are successfully placed in employment, and some have risen to the very top of the public and private sectors.

A student completing a banking diploma at GTIB is able to enter the banking environment and conduct a credit assessment on a client on their very first day of employment. This is because GTIB’s proprietary “Virtual Banking” system exposes the student to real-world banking tasks in a safe, easy-to-understand environment.

This is achieved through four crucial pillars in the education process:

  1. High completion rates: we are not satisfied with a pass rate of 50% or even 70%. We demand much higher rates of academic excellence, not by “dumbing down” academic standards, but by identifying the barriers to understanding faced by each student on an individual level and overcoming these. Small class sizes allow for individualised attention for each student.
  2. Soft and hard skills: we focus on both the hard, technical skills as well as the softer skills (which are essential to success in business). These include life-long learning skills, communication, computer skills and the principles of professional and business conduct.
  3. Work-readiness through professional simulation: it is not enough to be able to regurgitate academic theory. Our graduates are functionally competent once they enter the workplace. They are required to master real world challenges, but in a simulated environment.
  4. Job placement: we assist graduates in finding work through are long-established and trusted relationships in the accounting and banking sectors.

Qualifications currently offered

  1. National Certificate in Banking: this qualification is aimed at those who wish to pursue a career in the banking financial sector, and gives them a thorough understanding of the role of banks and other financial intermediaries in society, and the various tasks and functions that have become accepted as best practice in the sector. (This qualification is rated NQF 5, 131 credits). Interactive client service skills are included in the qualification.
  2. National Diploma in Technical Financial Accounting: this programme is targeted at people who want to pursue a career in accounting. Students are given a thorough understanding and practical grasp of bookkeeping, financial and management accounting, income tax, financial management, reporting standards and control procedures. (This qualification is rated NQFS, 251 credits).
  3. Certificate in Office Administration: this qualification is aimed at those who wish to pursue a career in business administration and is designed to provide the student with the necessary skills to achieve upper management level, or those who wish to start their own business. The skills acquired include administration, bookkeeping, marketing and sales, and human resources management. (Rated NQFS, 120 credits).
  4. RE5 Regulatory Exam for Representatives: this is aimed at those who seek a career as a “Representative” as defined by the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services (FAIS) Act. These would be employed or mandated by a financial institution to render financial services to a client. They would be required to pass the RE5 “fit and proper” exams within two years of being appointed to a financial institution. Any medium-term financial career will require this qualification.

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