Last chance to ap­ply for a Ser­vices Seta bur­sary

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

THE SER­VICES Sec­tor Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Au­thor­ity’s (Sseta) de­ci­sion to cut bur­saries for the train­ing and RPL (Recog­ni­tion of Prior Learn­ing) of es­tate agents was a blow to the in­dus­try, says Mike Gre­eff, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Gre­eff Prop­er­ties.

But hav­ing paid their skills levies to Sseta, he said, sev­eral agen­cies were at an early stage al­lo­cated a num­ber of bur­saries, some of which have yet to be taken up.

One such is Gre­eff ’s At­lantic Seaboard op­er­a­tion run by Mar­ion Tay­lor, who con­firmed that she is one of the for­tu­nate few to have NQF4 Real Es­tate train­ing bur­saries avail­able for the right ap­pli­cants.

Says Tay­lor: “If agents have to pay for their own train­ing and qual­i­fy­ing it’ll cost them R7 000 or more.”

There are still a few agents who think they will some­how be al­lowed to op­er­ate af­ter 2011 without the NQF4 qual­i­fi­ca­tion, but they are mak­ing a big mis­take, says Tay­lor.

“The truth is that in 2012, if they still have not qual­i­fied, they will not be is­sued with fi­delity fund cer­tifi­cates.

“This, in turn, means that if they con­tinue to work as agents, they will be act­ing il­le­gally – and we are hear­ing re­ports that at­tor­neys will be in­structed by the Es­tate Agents Af­fairs Board not to pay com­mis­sions to any agents not in pos­ses­sion of valid fi­delity fund cer­tifi­cates.

“Those (es­tate agents) who would like a con­fi­den­tial dis­cus­sion about tak­ing up a bur­sary with Gre­eff Prop­er­ties are wel­come to do so and should con­tact Gra­ham Les­lie, MD of Gre­eff Prop­er­ties, on 021 763 4120 or 082 388 0176.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.