Sponsorship of professional qualifications/training policy

Posted on 14 February 2022
Kirsten Manthey


This policy sets out a guide to provide a fair and consistent approach to supporting employees through their studies towards relevant professional qualifications. We are committed to the development of our employees and we will, subject to operational constraints and requirements, endeavour to support individuals in attaining professional qualifications where there is a significant and measurable business benefit. The need for an individual to attain a particular professional qualification should be derived from a business need as agreed with their Manager or a Director.


This policy applies to all New Media Labs Services (Pty) Ltd, hereinafter referred to as "the Company," employees.

Level of support

The level of support (time off, funding, etc.) will vary from person to person depending on the following:

Management approval

The procedure for approving sponsorship for professional qualifications is as follows:

Bonding arrangements

Anyone who receives Company funding to follow professional qualifications as outlined in this guide will be asked to sign a bonding agreement. This ensures that if the person leaves the Company within a defined period of time they will pay all or some of their course fees back, as detailed below.

Cost Bonding Duration Repayment Proportions
Up to R3000 Course duration + 6 months Repayment in full
R3001 – R6000 Course duration + 9 months Repayment in full
R6001 – R12 000 Course duration + 12 months Repayment in full
Over R12 000 Course duration + 12 months Repayment in full during first 6 months, Repayment of 75% between 6-9 months, Repayment of 50% between 9-12 months, Repayment of 25% between 12-18 months, After 18 months, post course duration, the bond will be considered settled

Where the attainment of a certificated qualification is necessitated by the Company, consideration may be given to waiving the application of the bonding agreement and will be discussed and agreed on a case-by-case basis.

If you terminate your employment with the Company or you are dismissed from the Company during the course all monies paid to the provider shall become immediately due and repayable by the employee to the Company. The Company reserves the right to deduct all or any portion of the outstanding repayment from your final salary.

Funding may not be repayable in the following circumstances

Upon the Company being left no commercial alternative but to restructure for reason related to its operational requirements in which you are offered terms of employment that may be less advantageous than the terms under which you were employed by the Company immediately prior to the restructuring.

Upon you being dismissed on the basis of operational requirements as per Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995.

Time off to attend the course

Where the course is run during normal working hours, individuals may (depending on the agreement reached) be able to attend the course without loss of pay for up to a maximum of 2 weeks per annum, including any workshops, residential and sequential, which is a requirement of the course.

It is common practice across the finance industry for individuals studying financial qualifications to do so in their own time. This is normal practice and any variation from this approach will be by exception.

Managers will need to be as consistent as possible in their approach. In all instances the operational requirements of the business will be given priority over attendance of courses. Attendance should be discussed and agreed with the individual's manager well in advance of the date(s).

Study leave and examinations

The Company will grant two days study leave per subject (one for preparation and one for examination) per annum with a maximum of no more than 10 days study leave in total per annum.

Any additional leave required for study purposes will have to be taken as unpaid leave. Annual leave may be applied for if the employee has annual leave available.

Requests for study leave must be in writing. Supporting documentation must accompany the application (e.g. official exam time table).

Study Leave, for re-sits, should be discussed with your Line Manager but will have to be taken as unpaid leave or as part of an employee's annual leave entitlement. Any request for study leave must be approved by your Manager or a Company Director.

Professional institute annual fees

Annual Fees in respect of membership to a professional institute that relates to or is required by the Company business may be covered.

Withdrawal of support

Support may be withdrawn at the Manager's discretion if at any time the employee:

In these circumstances the Company reserves the right to recover all monies paid in relation to the course from the employee. It is, therefore, of critical importance that decisions to undertake such studies is made in an informed manner, and the employee's capacity and ability to convert the study inputs successfully are thoroughly considered at the point when application for support is made.

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