Tired of the negative feedback?

Here’s how to keep your CV out of the trash.

First impressions are important. Your CV is the first chance you get to make a good impression on a potential employer. A top-quality CV will considerably boost your chance of getting a face-to-face interview, so it is certainly worth spending time and effort on the content and presentation.

Here are 10 tips to keep your CV from residing within the bottom of the dustbin:

  1. Take responsibility!

Send your CV from your own work appropriate email address, preferably the same email address that you have stipulated within your CV. Do not send your CV from a family member of friends email address.

  1. Spelling counts!

If you send a CV with multiple spelling errors there is a high chance that your CV will not make it passed the front door. Don’t claim to have “Advanced Microsoft Word” skills and then have alignment and formatting errors that make the document look like a last minute decision.

  1. Your CV is on Microsoft Excel, really?

Microsoft Excel is not a platform to use to send your CV from. This tip is simple- Do not send your CV in Microsoft Excel.

  1. Pay attention to the cover letter address.

Time saving methods such as copying and pasting your cover letter will assist you although take a few second to double check that you have not addressed it to the wrong company.

  1. Are you applying for a job or a modeling position?

Most companies are not looking for a model but rather the skills and experience you have. Although if you are to send an image of yourself please keep in mind that you are applying for a professional position and therefore an appropriate professional image will do.

  1. Using CV templates

If you are going to use a CV template, please do yourself a favor and remove parts of the template that you have not populated.


When you use CAPS rigorously throughout your CV it creates the impression of yelling your experiences to your potential employer. Think about how you read this point.

  1. Celebrate your achievements

If you are a graduate with no work experience, include notable achievements from school. If you are an experienced hire, unless your school achievements are truly remarkable, please don’t include them.

  1. Know your audience

Keep the companies culture in mind when you are applying for a position. If the company is innovative and technology is prized then list your out of the box skills. Although if the company is strictly corporate then stick to the professional atmosphere.

  1. Appropriate email addresses

Your email address is the first view of your CV. During High School and university you are in the prime of living your high life with your scotty.too.hotty email address, however a work appropriate email is required when sending your CV to potential employers.

Read your CV again from start to finish with time and diligence to make sure that your brilliance is portrayed through your skillset and experience. Remember that employers receive multiple CVs from perspective applicants so it is important to create a good impression and attract their attention. Most people do not spend as much time on their CV as they should, so if you write a professional, high quality CV you will certainly stand out from the rest..


Human Resources Management and Practices Support Learning Programme

Eskilz College Education

Did you know that we offer a FET Certificate in Human Resources Management and Practices Support Learning Programme?

(NQF Level 4)

Brief overview of the Purpose of this course:

This qualification will be useful to people who support and participate in human resources management and practices.

People credited with this qualification are able to:

Collect, collate, and distribute information related to people management in line with a given plan.

Provide advice on or refer to appropriate person in response to queries on organisation procedures related to people management.

Demonstrate basic understanding of people dynamics and impact in the workplace.

Demonstrate basic understanding of the functioning of business and the role and contribution of individuals within organisations.

Support the implementation of processes and systems related to human resources management and practices in all of the following role clusters:

> Strategic planning for human resources management and practices, people and work.

> Acquisition, development and utilisation of people.

> Establishment and improvement of labour and employee relations.

> Compensation and administration related to human resources management and practices.

Rationale of Human Resources:

Organisations require persons who are able to support human resources management processes and practices.

There is also a need for an initial qualification as a possible first leg of a learning progression path in the human resources management and practices field.

Learners need the qualification to increase their access to employment. It will enable persons who are fulfilling some of the support roles in human resources management and practices without formal qualifications to obtain recognition for their competence.

The specified components in the core category will ensure portability across the Human Resources Management and Practices role clusters, whilst the elective category will make provision for specialisation in a specific area..


National strike at TVET colleges

The strike will reportedly begin on February 14th and run indefinitely until demands are met.



“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) on Monday announced a national strike set to affect “all the technical and vocational education and training and community education (TVET) and training colleges” across South Africa.

Valentine’s Day starting off with a strike!

It is said that the strike for education for commence at workplaces on the 14th of February  in the morning and continue until all demands are met by the department of higher education and training.



5 ways lifelong learning will benefit your personal success



Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.




Remember that through education anything is possible and you can achieve greatness when knowledge is at heart.

Here are 5 ways lifelong learning benefits your personal success:

  1. Building Confidence

Learning new skills is a beneficial way to improve your confidence level. At Eskilz College our courses include efficient ways to build an individual’s confidence. Join our courses and let us help you become a confident leader.

  1. Skillset Improvement

Keeping your skills and knowledge up-to-date benefits both your career and personal life. Through knowledge you create opportunities for yourself to become an expert in your respective field.

  1. Creating New Career Opportunities

Acquiring new skills will bring new opportunities, skills will never do you wrong when you have a passion for what you do. If you need help with finding your passion let us help you find a course that suits you.  An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

  1. Life Enrichment

Through learning you are enriching your life at various points. When taking classes you are more socially exposed and involved in activities which serve as a beneficial skill to acquire before entering the business world. People listen to people, if you can sell yourself, you can sell anything.

  1. Keeping In Touch With The World

Learning exercises the brain and keeps it active. Without knowledge you limit yourself from the rest of the world and restrict your horizon. When you gain access to a new field of knowledge you also gain access to a wider range of the world.

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. At Eskilz College we have a passion for empowering and uplifting individuals. We provide courses that benefit a wide range of individuals including those with disabilities. Our staff is trained and ready to be of assistance to you!

Contact Us Today!



Do you know what Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) is?

Let us help you understand it.




Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) is the general conceptual establishment towards a lifelong learning and development, embracing knowledge, skills and attitudes required for social, economic and political contribution and transformation.

ABET is flexible, developmental and targeted at specific needs of particular audiences and ideally provides access to nationally recognized certificates. There are an estimated 3.3 million illiterate adults in South Africa. Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) is uniquely South African and available to adults who want to finish their basic education.

The four levels of ABET training are equivalent to Grades R to 9.


ABET training includes:

  • Language, literacy and communication
  • Mathematical literacy, mathematics and mathematical sciences
  • Natural science
  • Arts and culture
  • Life orientation
  • Technology
  • Human and social science
  • Economic and management science.


Learners can choose to take courses in:

  • Small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs)
  • Wholesale and retail
  • Travel and tourism
  • Applied agriculture
  • Early childhood development
  • Ancillary health care.


“Who told you it was too late? And more importantly, why did you choose to believe them?” – Richelle E. It is never too late to build your library of knowledge and no one should ever tell you different. With dedication and hark-work dreams are reached.








South Africa’s Crumbling Education System

Why Have We Not Resolved The Educational Imbalance Yet?




For over 50 years Apartheid education was deliberately designed to privilege whites and disadvantage black South Africa. The South African education system still propagates the inequality of the Apartheid era, with 20 years into democracy South Africa is having one of the highest budgets spending on education in the world (20% GDP).

An essential element to understand is that history alone is not the only reason why South African’s education system is in a crisis. Listed below are a few challenges faced by South Africa’s education system and possible solutions to consider.

Challenges Faced:

  • Children are not acquiring the 3 basic R’s of education:




  • South African teachers have not acquired the basic academic and content knowledge competencies needed to educate the youth.
  • Educational resources are being used in a non- efficient manner with little or no accountability and transparency.

Possible Solutions to Tackle Challenges:

  • Focus on the 3 basic R’s of education should be implemented at an early stage of the schooling system.
  • Training should be acquired for the teachers within an institution. At Eskilz, we offer training courses, including skills development which will assist in this factor of education. Take a look at our website for further information about our courses and the benefits of them:
  • A system of internal controls should be put in place to increase accountability, transparency of the leaning process and the use of resources towards education at all government levels and in the classroom.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”-  Nelson Mandela.

Education is such an important pillar towards South Africa’s development pathway because a proper education remains the only way to break the cycle of underdevelopment and poverty in South Africa.

A high standard of education has the potential to increase the employability or income generating capacity of South Africa’s majority poor and thereby enabling them to be employed and have a positive impact on South Africa’s educational and economic state.




Over 350 learners with disabilities have enrolled for the Early Childhood Development level 4 learnership at Eskilz College. The learners are doing three to four months theory and nine to 10 months practicals, and next year they will be enrolling in level 5 which will qualify them as Grade R teachers working with children from the ages 0-6 years. The goal for Eskilz College is to close the gap in the demand for Early Childhood Practitioners and to provide skills and employment for people with disabilities.
An Early Childhood Development qualification affords these learners with career opportunities such as working at ECD centres, primary schools and crèches. But Eskilz College doesn’t just want it to end there; the learners will be assisted to register with The South African Council of Educators (SACE) and also assisted and encouraged to open up their own ECD centres in their communities.

Eskilz College is looking for partners to place these learners to do their work placement next year, we are looking for ECD centres, Primary schools and any institutions that need ECD practitioners. The placement will be a 9 to 10 months internship.

The learners are receiving a monthly stipend that covers transport for their theory. This is a great opportunity for the learners and a good way to close the national gap in the need for early childhood practitioners.

To enquire or place a learner contact or call 0100 3000 80



Are short courses as relevant as full courses

What are Short Courses?

A short course is a great way to acquire new skills or to enhance (or refresh) your existing skills.

The course material is designed in such a way as to incorporate the theory behind the skill and the reasons why you need the skill. Courses are presented in such a way that students are easily able to relate to the content. The course content also contains numerous examples of how to apply the relevant skills in a practical environment.

How long does a short course take?

The study duration of a short course does not usually exceed a few months. This should come as a great relief, especially to those who are nervous about studying. It is quite natural to be afraid of the unknown. Short courses, however, are not scary or daunting at all. The aim of this type of course is to transfer skills in an accessible and convenient manner – hence all the practical examples. There are no examinations to study for, and students will usually not be required to submit more than a few assignments.

What is the difference between a short course and a full course?

There are a number of differences between short courses and diplomas. A diploma usually takes between one and three years to complete. Diploma courses are made up of various subjects or modules and may include components that do not interest you. You will generally be required to write examinations in order to obtain a diploma. A short course, however, requires less long-term commitment, as it should only take you a few months to complete. You will generally not be required to write any examinations.There are various types of short courses on offer. Some are designed to assist you in your current job, whilst others are industry specific and are aimed at people who would like to change careers or enter into new industries.You can enroll for both short courses and diplomas through distance learning.

Where can I study?

Gone are the days where you were geographically limited to studying courses at institutions in your current town or city. You can study a short course from anywhere in the country. You do not need physical access to a school or college anymore.You can now study via distance learning from the comfort and safety of your own home. If you struggle with the course material or need a little encouragement, friendly tutors and counsellors will only be a phone call or e-mail away.

Why should I study a short course?

There are many reasons for choosing to study a short course:

  • You can become a better employee by acquiring new skills.
  • You can update or enhance your existing skills.
  • You can acquire knowledge and skills that will enable you to change careers.
  • You can improve your CV by obtaining formal recognition for skills that you have gained through practical experience.
  • You can start with a short course in a particular subject to find out whether you have the aptitude for pursuing further studies in that field.




Learnerships vs Internships

It is paramount to know the difference between a Learnership and an Internship. Many people, not only confuse the two, but also confuse a bursary with a learnership. The reason why it is essential to know the difference between the two is due the fact that you will be able to apply for the correct thing based on your knowledge or highest qualification, whether it be a grade 12 certificate or a degree.

Here is the difference between the two:

A Learnership offers training in a specific field while earning money simultaneously and is primarily for people with matric as their highest qualification. You should be awarded a certificate after completion of a learnership which indicates your level of achievement. You will then be able to look for a job or further your education in that specific field.

An Internship is an opportunity for people with a degree or diploma to gain practical experience in a possible place of employment or in their field of study. Interns are employed at a company for a limited amount of time which lasts from one week to 12 months. Most times, an internship is required during your study course in order to complete your qualification. Just as with a Learnership, you also get paid during an Internship.

Basically, a Learnership is better suited for someone with a grade 12 as their highest education, while an internship benefits someone who is actively completing their degree or diploma and an apprenticeship is a 3-4-year labour programme that trains you in a very specific trade.

For learnership opportunities, contact Eskilz College 0100300080.


6 benefits of studying human resource management

When a potential new employee is being interviewed, human resource professionals assess the candidate against a list of key skills and personal characteristics needed for the job. It’s time to turn the tables and see what that list of key attributes would look like for a human resource professional.

Whether you decide to do a certificate, diploma or degree in human resources management, it offers you a broader suite of knowledge that’ll increase your skills and understanding. If you want to be even more successful in your career, then doing a postgraduate course might help. You’ll also have the option to do a lot of short courses in how to work with people, conflict resolutions, and so on. As a human resource professional, having good people skills and the ability to communicate effectively is a bonus.

Many organisations claim that their employees are their most valuable asset. And for this reason, effective management of human resources is essential for every company. Human resources helps in structuring teams, it builds the organisations culture and it helps people with engagement and development. Human resource management creates a lot of difference in enhancing the productivity of the employees.

At the heart of every successful business lies the human resources team who drive all aspects of staff management. Here are a few benefits human resource professionals bring to the workplace

1. Improve employee turnover

High employee turnover hurts a company’s bottom line. It cost twice as much as a current employee’s salary to find and train a new recruit. As an human resource professional, you’ll know how to hire the right people for the company from the start. Interview candidates carefully, not just to ensure they have the right skills but also to check that they fit the company’s culture. It’s important that you outline the right compensation and benefits too. Human resource professionals also need to pay attention to employee’s personal needs. You’ll need to discuss clear career paths too as employees would like to know how they can grow within the company. Human resource professionals usually only see employees when there are problems but to reduce employee turnover they will regularly visit staff members and enquire if they are okay and happy.

2. Conflict resolutions

Workplace conflict is somewhat inevitable as employees have different personalities, lifestyles and work ethic. While doing the human resource management course, you’ll be taught how to handle conflict in the workplace and how to resolve it. You’ll also be taught how to handle the situation as professionally as possible. It doesn’t matter whether the conflict arises between employees or an employee and someone in management, you should be able to assist both parties equally and not choose sides.

3. Employee satisfaction

Human resource specialists are usually charged with the responsibility of determining employee satisfaction. As a human resource management student, you’ll learn how to set up surveys, focus groups and interview strategies to help you determine whether employees are content or not. Human resource professionals determine what the underlying causes are for employee dissatisfaction and they address those issues and motivate staff members with creative solutions. They try to find out what exactly these problems are that employees are facing and look for ways to assist them where needed.

4. Improve employee performance

Human resources teams develop performance management systems. If a company doesn’t have an human resource professional, candidates can easily get a job without having the necessary skills and expertise for the position. And for this reason, human resources is needed in every workplace. With the line-manager, you’ll have to give employee performance reviews on an annual basis. Be open about their accomplishments and things you think they could have done better.

5. Training and development

Human resource departments conduct needs assessments for employees to determine the type of skills training and employee development programmes that are required for improvement and additional qualifications. Every startup or company in a growth phase can benefit from identifying training needs for its staff. It’s less expensive to hire additional staff or more qualified candidates. This can also reduce your company’s employees turnover and improve employee retention.

6. Helps with budget control

It’s critical for human resources to define as many processes as specific projects, be it the 360-feedback review, the annual pay review or the development of a new program. As an human resource professional, it’s important and helpful to understand the broad budget of a project. Human resources curb excessive spending through developing methods for trimming workforce management costs. Human resource professionals also ensure competitive and realistic wage setting based on studying the labour market, employment trends and salary analysis based on job functions.

You’ll learn to develop a strategic approach to training, recruiting and developing the company’s most important asset: its people. As businesses expand, these professionals are needed to keep everything together. At the end of your Human Resource Management training course, you’ll be prepared to handle difficult staff members and design pay structures as well as analyse the influence of unions and government on the labour force.

To enquire on our HR courses visit