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Career Moms: Bookkeeping Success Stories

7 May, 2018

It’s official- moms can do just about anything. Lug 15 full grocery bags and a baby into the house? Done. Clean a house in five minutes before the in- laws arrive? You bet. And yes, even find a way to juggle bookkeeping studies, a full- time job AND a family life.

Granted, its not always easy. But in the end, moms have this incredible ability (we’d like to think superpower) to rise to the challenge, to make it work, to come out on top! And the reward for all their hard work and persistence? A fully accredited, in- demand qualification, the makings of a successful bookkeeping career and most importantly, a better life for their children.

But don’t just take our word for it. It helps to know that real- life, ICB accredited working moms have walked this path before you…and thrived!

Ready to be inspired? A few of our amazing moms share their ICB Bookkeeping Success Stories with us:

A New Direction

“After my daughter was born I wanted a career change and to study again, but was a little unsure of what direction to take. My husband suggested bookkeeping. Studying through the ICB has opened up a new world of opportunity to me. The course is practical and has given me the knowledge I needed to make a career change. AND it has restored my confidence – I have realized that I can do anything I put my mind to. I have recently started my first job in accounting at Eastern Cape Accounting & Tax (ECAT) in Humansdorp”
Tersia van Wyk de Vries: Bookkeeper

A Successful Role Transition

“Since studying part-time, I’ve changed roles within my company from Assistant Student Bookkeeper to Senior Bookkeeper, and managing the finances for the company. Studying, working and being with my family has been very rewarding. And knowing that I can do it and be an example for my daughter.”
Bronwyn Welgemoed: Senior Bookkeeper

Climbing the Corporate Ladder

“I want to encourage women from all walks of life not to abandon their aspirations. I have to acknowledge that the ICB gave me a very strong foundation in all that I have managed to achieve today. I was a mother, wife and career woman and I also worked hard and climbed the corporate ladder to the position of General Manager – Finance & Corporate services. Now I am in my final year for the Masters in Business Administration.”
Claris Mugodo: General Manager

More Confidence

“Studying with the ICB has given me more self confidence at work and at home. Before, I had self-doubt and thought I was not educated enough to take on tasks. Now I will try to do anything that is given to me. And my goal is to work in the accounting field. If you are thinking of studying bookkeeping don’t think. Just do it! You will not regret your choice.”
Showneaz Smith: Receptionist

The Road to Success

“I was the youngest in my group and pregnant, but that did not stop me from achieving my goals and obtaining my qualification, in fact it motivated me to work ten times harder than everyone and that makes me very proud! I am currently busy with my dissertation, and the good news is I’m half way through it and once that is done and dusted I will be getting my Financial Accounting Diploma!”
Seithati Thamae: Student

Looking to study Bookkeeping? Find out more about our top notch, fully accredited ICB bookkeeping courses here:

ELMI Graduation Ceremony 8 May 2018!

We are proud to honour our students and celebrate their achievements.

We invite all our 2017 graduates and their guests to join us on this special occasion.




More details:
Dress code: Formal
Venue: Guild Theatre, East London
Gown Fitting and Collection: 4 PM onwards
Arrival: 5:30 PM for 6 PM
Ceremony starts promptly at: 6:30 PM…

Graduates – receive a free complimentary ticket
Guest Tickets R160 pp
Pensioners and children under 12 – R80pp

Finger-food buffet and refreshments will be served
Cash bar will be available.

You can RSVP and book your ticket(s) online with Quicket
RSVP 01 May 2018

Further correspondence will be sent out once RSVP’s are received.

Graduate attire information:
There is a cost involved to hire or rent your attire.
Further details and the order form will be sent closer to the time.

If you require any other information you are welcome to contact us at or on 043 742 0235.

We are looking forward to the event of the year and cannot wait to celebrate with our students and their guests!

Well done ELMI Graduates, the best is yet to come!

Top Jobs in Information Technology

19 April, 2018

Studying an IT course? Congratulations, you’re on your way to becoming the technological lifeblood of a company and joining the tech revolution! It’s a booming industry filled with endless possibilities… and what’s more it’s only getting bigger. You’ve chosen well.

But in the broad and ever-changing arena that is IT, you might be wondering what your job may actually look like? And, perhaps most importantly, how much will you get paid? We’ll attempt to shed some light…

Here are a few of the top jobs in Information Technology today:

Mobile Application Developer

We use apps for everything and anything these days. From banking and news to cooking and finding love! You’ll have the fascinating duty of creating more these time-saving, life-changing apps for the public to enjoy. Developing, maintaining and implementing the source code that makes up an application or program are all part and parcel of your job description. You’ll also be the first to test out the latest phones and wearable devices! Doesn’t sound too bad, does it? Plus you’ll earn up to R600k a year, with an average of R260k. Interested? You’ll need MCSD: App builder to launch a mobile application developer career.

Cloud architect

The storage space can’t be touched literally, but it still needs to be organised and given an architecture! Enter the job of Cloud Architect. You’ll help define the cloud structure for a company and work with business analysts to ensure the architecture is in line with the businesses unique requirements and goals. You’ll need to ensure high availability, fault tolerance and scalability. And as one the highest paying jobs in IT (salaries vary) with lots of responsibly, your head won’t be in the clouds that’s for sure! A MCSE course in Cloud Platform and Infrastructure will get you started!

Information Technology Director

Enjoy interacting with people as much as technology? IT directors get to work with a variety of people at many different levels of the organisation and use a host of different skill sets. You’ll make sure that the company’s technology is working to support its overall goals and make some all-important IT budget decisions. Plus being the head of an organisation’s IT department comes with a whole lot of recognition and a very attractive salary to boot! Expect to earn a medium of R800k annually and up to R1.4 million with lots of experience and accredited Information Technology certifications.

Web Developer

Meet the IT industry’s jack of all trades. Web developers create web pages, web content and web applications. But your job expertise do not end there. You’ll need an excellent understanding of what makes a good operating system, what is required to optimise sites for mobile tech and you’ll need to be fluent in Web languages, like HTML and Javascript. Expect to earn up to R370k annually, with an average of R169K. Study an Information Technology course or MCSE course in web development to get started.

IT Technician

As an IT technician, you’ll install and maintain computer systems and networks aiming for the highest functionality possible. You will also need to train users of the systems to make appropriate and safe usage of the IT infrastructure and be required to have a broad knowledge of computer software and hardware networks. Expect to earn up to R240 000 a year for your expertise! You’ll need a national certificate, FET certificate or ELMI certificate: Information Technology System Support.

Network Manager

The networks down and panic ensues! Enter the job of a certified tech hero. As a network manager, you’ll be responsible for installing and maintaining your company’s computer networks. If there are any problems with the system, it’ll be down to you to have a recovery plan to minimise any disruption to the business. You’ll also have the vital task of training staff to provide first rate technical support. But you’ll be paid handsomely for the responsibility. You can expect to earn an average of R383 000 a year and up to R1 million with experience!

You’ll need at the very least a certificate in Technical Support (Microsoft MCSA & MCSE).

Want to be part of the IT revolution? Looking to Study MCSA in East London? ELMI has a variety of TOP CLASS IT courses that will give you the edge in your industry. Find out more here:

Please note: All amounts are from ‘Payscale South Africa’, as of March 2018.

Civvies and Adulting: Why “School” at ELMI is different

13 April, 2018

We are all different. And sometimes the regular school system just does not fit our unique needs, personalities, and skill levels.

Let’s be honest; we aren’t all wired to sit in packed classrooms, attend sports days and cut our hair into military styles! But don’t despair, there is another way to get your national certificate. If you’re looking for a school alternative and an opportunity to obtain an internationally recognised Matric equivalent at the same time, look no further.

ELMI College offers Cambridge Assessment, a curriculum catering to a wide range of abilities and personality types. On successful completion of required subjects you are eligible to apply to SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) for a South African Senior Certificate equivalent. You’ll get your prized national certificate, but the experience will be nothing like your regular, public high school…

Here are five reasons why “school” at ELMI is different:

1.You are not just a number

At ELMI college, you’ll receive individual attention. You’re not just another one of hundreds of pupils moving through school hallways and school systems. You’re not typecast into social cliques and class levels. At ELMI, you are an individual and you matter. We’ll cater to and honour your individual skill levels, interests and personalities and give you the time and attention you need to succeed, all in a personal and welcoming setting.

2.Goodbye Uniforms

Forget scratchy green jerseys, knee-high socks, and uniformity. At ELMI college, every day is Civvies day. You can wear whatever you want and have the freedom to express yourself fully as an individual. Whether this means wearing those baggy pants, growing your hair long or wearing purple eyeshadow. Whatever floats your boat really! Go on, express yourself…


Gone are the days of rigid class schedules, subjects and thinking. The flexibility of the Cambridge Assessment International Examinations (CAIE) system will expose you to a whole new way of thinking, learning, and doing. No Parroting here! Teaching will encourage you to think outside of the box and explore your own viewpoints and mindsets. You can choose from a variety of subjects that interest you most, and there are options for every skill level. Don’t like Maths or Science? No problem.

4.International Curriculum

Get your passport ready! You will be studying an international, highly accredited curriculum. CAIE is an international examining body wholly owned by the University of Cambridge and is widely recognised overseas . This means it is far easier for you to study at your dream university abroad. Hello England, Canada, or Hong Kong! Don’t want to study abroad? No problem. Cambridge Assessment is accepted at most South African universities (depending on your subject choices and grades).

5.You’re treated like an adult

You’re not 12 anymore, and you shouldn’t be treated as such. At ELMI, you’ll be working towards your national certificate at a fully-fledged college. This means more independence and freedom. We respect that you are nearing adulthood and that you have already developed your own identity and understanding of the world. And after all, we believe that with greater responsibility, comes greater maturity.

Want to obtain a National Certificate in East London in a different way? Find out more about CAIE here:

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