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African growth in qualifications continues

The number of people taking NEBOSH examinations in the African region grew by more than 60% last year, it has been revealed.

Figures from NEBOSH show that around 7,500 of its health, safety and environmental examinations were taken throughout the African continent in 2011, compared to around 4,500 in 2010.

“Africa is a very important region for us,” said Teresa Budworth, NEBOSH Chief Executive. “Rapid development has meant that several countries in the region, such as South Africa, are now ranked as upper-middle income economies by the World Bank.

“This economic development goes hand-in-hand with demand for higher standards of employee safety and environmental management. NEBOSH is already recognised throughout the world for its vocational qualifications in these fields, so it’s no surprise that we’re also the number one choice in Africa.”

Four years ago, fewer than 2,000 NEBOSH examinations were taken in Africa.

NEBOSH will again be exhibiting at OSH Expo Africa event this year. The trade exhibition and seminar programme will take place at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa between 19th and 21st June.

“Our exhibition stand will give employers, safety managers, training providers and officials the chance to learn more about our range of globally recognised qualifications, and the benefits they can bring,” added Teresa Budworth.

NEBOSH is exhibiting on Stand B6. For further information about the OSH Expo Africa event, visit www.oshexpoafrica.com.