Institute of People Development Advisor - July 2007

In this month's issue:

  • Aligning the WSP with the needs of the organisation & staff
  • Good practice to determine organisational needs!
  • Public training schedule

Aligning the WSP with the needs of the organisation & staff

It is that time of the year again when Skills Development Facilitators and other skills planners find themselves drowning in work preparing for their Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) submission. Most practitioners' dread the task of compiling a WSP, but what should be happening is getting everyone involved i.e. line managers, employee representatives and the employees themselves.

Most important is that the WSP is informed by the needs of the organisation as well as those of individuals working for that organisation, and not for the sake of SETA compliance.

A properly planned training and development plan should contain information on how to retain current skills and develop scarce and critical skills for the future of the organisation. This would be preceded by skills audits and/or training needs analyses, which may include Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This process should assist in determining whether current employees have the required skills and identify gaps between needed skills and available skills.

"Increasingly, line managers are becoming skilled coaches, mentors and RPL advisors in partnership with HRD to support integrated learning strategies at organisational level. I predict that over the next decade, Occupationally Directed Education and Training Development competence will form an integral part of both supervisory and management qualifications as well as workplace competence requirements," said Mark Orpen, CEO of the Institute Of People Development. Thorough preparation and better training on skills development can lead to sustainable investment in skills of the organisation.

Good practice to determine organisational needs

  • Are you trying to identify skills lacking in your company in order for you to meet business objectives?

  • Need to determine whether current employees have the skills to increase productivity?

  • Do you need to know how to facilitate strategic planning processes within the organisation to identify the skills needed?

  • Need to know how to conduct or supervise skills audits to identify the actual training needs of the organisation?

  • Do you need to know how to create a workplace skills plan in line with both your company policies and SETA requirements?

If you have answered yes to any of the above, then:

You should attend the IPD (5-day) Needs Analysis & Skills Planning Course to meet your needs.

23 - 27 July 2007, IPD House (Midrand)

Contact Suri or Bryton on (011) 315-2913 and book today!

Discount offered on group bookings.

For more information about this exciting course and other productivity enabling training programs, visit and embark on an exciting journey of results orientated learning with the IPD.

Public Training Schedule

Learning Programme Registered unit standards included in the programme Training Dates
Assessment, Moderation & Evaluation 115753 - Conduct outcomes - based assessments.

115755 - Design & develop outcomes - based assessments.

115759 - Conduct moderation of outcomes - based assessments.
09-13 July 2007
Needs Analysis & Skills Planning 15232 - Coordinate planned skills development interventions in an organisation.

15217 - Develop an organisational training and development plan.

15218 - Conduct an analysis to determine outcomes of learning for skills development and other purposes.

15221 - Provide information and advice regarding skills development and related issues.

15222 - Promote a learning culture in an organization.

15228 - Advise on the establishment and implementation of a quality management system for skills development practices in an organisation.

15227 - Conduct skills development administration in an organisation.
23-27 July 2007
Learning Program Design & Materials Development 123401- Design outcomes based learning programmes.

123394 - Develop outcomes based learning programmes.
13-17 August 2007
Facilitation, Coaching & Mentoring 117877 - Prepare for one-to-one training on the job.

117865 - Assist & support learners to manage their learning work experiences.

117874 - Guide learners about their learning, assessment and recognition opportunities.

117871 - Facilitate learning using a variety of given methodologies.
20-24 August 2007
National Diploma in OD-ETD Practices (RPL) 50333 - National Diploma: Occupationally directed education, training and development practices.

50332 - Further Education & Training Certificate: Occupationally - directed education training and development.

50334 - National Certificate: Occupationally directed education training & development practices.
29 August 2007

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