Secretarial Training Centre

What do we do?

The centre was started in the year 2000 to train previously disadvantaged individuals as secretaries. It is headed up by Erna Fevrier, a registered facilitator with SETA. Although the structure of the course has changed since its inception, the aim is still to provide the best possible training to enable these candidates to be immediately employable at the end of the year, in any secretarial position.

Twelve candidates are selected annually, after passing a thorough computer, keyboarding and linguistic skills test.

How do we do it?

The course is structured as follows: Phase I runs for five months between March and July. Continuous evaluation is done, with a mid-phase exam during May and a stringent final exam in July. Practical training takes place in any of the following departments: Postal, faxing, reception, switchboard, library, archives, photo copying and all the filing departments.

Only those trainees who have excelled during this phase will be able to continue with Phase II. This phase runs from August to November and is more advanced and prepares the trainees for the work environment, concentrating on typing speed, advanced audio typing, spreadsheets and presentations, as well as other essential secretarial skills, such as proficient note-taking, writing letters and memos, taking initiative and responsibility, and preparing all kinds of relevant correspondence.

A trophy is awarded to the best all-round student for the entire course. The person who receives this trophy should not only have performed well academically, but should be someone who has excelled in all areas of the training and who, by portraying a positive attitude, enhanced the image of Adams & Adams.

What is the content of the course?

  • Computyping and typing speed (goal is 60 wpm)
  • Audio typing
  • Basic Accounting
  • Legal Theory
  • Written and spoken English for business purposes
  • Basic English – writing, reading, comprehension and advanced spelling
  • Professional image and grooming
  • Telephone etiquette
  • Time management
  • Financial planning
  • Life skills
  • Practical training – administrative and secretarial

Who should apply?

Anyone from a previously disadvantaged background who is interested in being a secretary in the legal environment, specifically intellectual property.

This course is aimed at young people (18 – 26 years of age only) and is aligned with the Government Youth Development Initiative.

What are the application requirements?

  • Aged between 18 and 26 years
  • Matric certificate with Typing or Computer Applications Technologies; or
  • A post matric qualification with Typing or Keyboarding and MS Office applications, with a minimum of 25 wpm
  • Fluency in English – both written and verbal skills are important; a C-symbol (between 60% and 69%) is advantageous

How can you apply?

Send your CV, a copy of your ID document and copies of all relevant certificates obtained.  PLEASE SEND YOUR CV AND THE RELEVANT DOCUMENTS AS ONE ATTACHMENT / DOCUMENT. Please ensure that your application is complete.  No incomplete applications will be considered.

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What does it cost?

Trainees receive the training at no cost to themselves. A monthly allowance is provided. All we require is  willingness to be trained and be prepared to work under pressure for the duration of the course.

APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN BETWEEN 01 OCTOBER AND 01 DECEMBER ONLY FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR’S COURSE. THE ADVERTISEMENT MAY BE WITHDRAWN AT ANY TIME.

Please be advised that this is a 9-month full-time “hands-on” course and can be very demanding both mentally and physically.