Company Profile

Founded by Mark Orpen, Glenda Webster and Dion McConnel in 1999, The Institute of People Development (IPD) continues to enable the enablers of South Africa’s skills development strategy and the transformation of education and training. Over the past two decades, IPD has become the preferred people development partner to many state-owned and private enterprises in Southern Africa.

The Institute of People Development (Pty) Ltd is the holding company with majority shareholding in the operating company Workplace Skills Solutions (Pty) Ltd. Workplace Skills Solutions t/a The Institute of People Development (IPD) initially provided Skills Development Facilitator (SDF) training however the company soon expanded its service offering to include all accredited Occupationally-directed ETD Practices training courses, as well as full NQF level four and five qualifications. In 2005, IPD added a Higher Certificate: OD-ETD Practices NQF level six to its offerings and instituted a policy of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) of all whole qualifications; thanks to the expertise and drive from Daryl McLean, Vanessa Winter, Jane Vaughton, Matthew Rademan and Dr Miemsie de Jager and others.

Between 2011 and 2017, Gizelle McIntyre joined IPD; and from 2013 began offering Learning and Development Consulting, hosting ReCr8 seminars as continuous professional development (CPD) and later accreditation for NQF Level 4 and Level 5 Certificate: Generic Management, offered through Recognition of Prior Learning and/or various skills programmes. From 2019, IPD introduced its 4HR Masterclass directed at private and public sector organisations to make a just socio-technical transition into the fourth industrial revolution; retaining IPD’s relevance and leadership in the human resource management and skills development sectors.

During the global lockdowns starting in 2020 with social distancing measures, mask wearing and economic slowdown across the country, IPD migrated all its accredited programmes online, moving the business into ‘the cloud’ to service it’s valued clients and learners.

IPD is a micro-exempt BBBEE level 4 contributor and attributes its’ ongoing success to innovation in training and development, a long standing and reliable brand, sound values and professional service; and now through its supported, interactive eLearning programmes.