Many of the world’s top performing organisations recognise that employee engagement is the primary force that drives performance outcomes. Research indicates that engaged employees work harder, serve the customer better, and stay at the same company for longer.

The University of Cape Town and leading online education company, GetSmarter, have identified a need for improved knowledge of human resource management practices, and are proud to announce the launch of the University of Cape Town Human Resource Management short course. This part-time short course runs for 10 weeks, commencing on

10 March 2014, and is presented entirely online throughout South Africa. Rob Paddock, Co-Managing Director of GetSmarter, comments on the launch of the course:

“Human capital is the most important asset of any organisation in today's global economy. As a result, the need for competent and strategic Human Resource Managers has increased exponentially over the last decade. We're hugely excited about the launch of the UCT Human Resource Management short course to provide individuals throughout South Africa with the up-to-date theory and skills needed to manage human resources within any organisation or industry.”

About the course
The course is the first to cover the most recent PIVOTAL (Professional, Vocational, Technical, and Academic Learning) training plans and reports requirements, providing students with a thorough understanding of the practical tools needed to implement Human Resource (HR) strategies effectively. It focuses on current and future HR trends, change management, the latest labour legislation, and HR in the global environment. Students will learn to apply their knowledge to a range of practical HR topics, receiving a certificate approved by the University upon successful completion of the course. 

The course is presented by John Wilter, a highly skilled management development consultant with over 25 years of experience. John specialises in Human Resources, Organisation Development, and Management and Leadership training. He has served as a consultant for local and international clients, ranging from Engen to Dimension Data. John believes in a dynamic approach to HR Management:

“Human Resource Management can be creative. Many Human Resource managers get caught up in the compliance aspect of Human Resources, but policies and procedures can be used to dynamically add value to an organisation. This course will teach students to effectively and creatively foster relationships within an organisation, for an engaged and driven workforce.”

Who should attend this course?
High-performance organisations understand that they need a considered employee engagement strategy to support the achievement of their strategic objectives. This course provides valuable knowledge and practical skills for professionals already practicing, or individuals aspiring to enter the human resource management field.
The course will also prove beneficial for those working in a related profession, where knowledge of recruitment, training, performance management, staff retention, and labour legislation will be of value in their chosen career.

Learning online
GetSmarter's highly interactive online learning model allows course participants to study anywhere and anytime, while still receiving personal, proactive support throughout the course. All short courses are presented entirely online, requiring a computer with an internet connection, a valid email address, and a word processing program.

About GetSmarter
GetSmarter is a premier online education company that works with top universities and industry experts to present continuing education short courses throughout South Africa. Pioneers in the field, GetSmarter is the first and only entirely online education company to be accredited by SETA (Sector Education and Training Authority) as a provider of education in South Africa.

Consider the UCT Human Resource Management short course. For more information visit or contact Jade on +27 (0)21 447 7565 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..