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The Truth About UFO Codes

Clarice Oelofse
 May 12, 2014
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Food Safety


Did I say UFO Codes ? I meant OFO Codes. The Organising Framework for Occupations is a coded occupational classification system. It is a key tool to which enables the Department of Higher Education and Training to identify report and monitor skills demand and supply in the South African Labour Market.

 

Let’s explore a few strange concepts:

 

The OFO code is constructed from the bottom up by:

  • Analysing jobs and identifying similarities in terms of tasks and skills
  • Categorising similar jobs and occupations
  • Classifying these occupations into occupational groups at increasing levels of generality

The OFO adds value to skills development planning and implementation purposes in that it:

  • Captures jobs in the form of occupations
  • Groups occupations into successively broader categories and hierarchical levels based on similarity, tasks, skills and knowledge.
  • Ease of generating legislated reports such as Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) Annual Training Report (ATR) and PIVOTAL plans and reports

You will notice that there are 8 occupational groups:

  1. Managers
  2. Professionals
  3. Technicians & Trade Workers
  4. Community & Personal Service Workers
  5. Clerical & Administrative Workers
  6. Sales Workers
  7. Machinery Operators & Drivers
  8. Elemantary Workers

Here are some examples of OFO codes as it relates to the food safety industry:

  • 121908 – Quality Manager
  • 226301 – Food Safety Manager
  • 332205 – Sales Rep
  • 422601 – Receptionist
  • 524401 – Telesales Clerk
  • 732101 – Driver
  • 832904 – General worker

All SETAs require that each occupation is linked to an OFO Code. Keep close watch on your local SETA's website to see what is out there.

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