Institute of People Development Advisor - June 2008

In this month's issue

  • What's New?
  • Special rate to learn to develop learning programmes and materials.
  • A costly trend: attrition of employees who leave within the first 2-years.
  • Public Training Schedule

What's New at IPD?

Many expert trainers are enrolling to the WORLD FIRST Post Graduate Certificate in OD-ETD Practices (NQF Level 6) offered by IPD in South Africa. Enquiries are still rolling in and the programme, starting 31 July 2008 is nearly 50% subscribed. Facilitated by leading practitioners, thinkers and policy makers in the field of OD-ETD in South Africa - drawn from major corporations, government departments, parastatals and universities. At only R 29,900 + VAT per participant, this programme also enjoys funding exposure through bursaries provided by ETDPSETA, or a study loan for the full amount provided by EduLoan, making participation available to anyone holding a primary degree and several years of relevant workplace experience, and meeting the qualification entry criteria.

Download the PGC Brochure then let us know if you wish to participate by submitting an online enquiry and we will contact you with further information. The 2008 intake is limited to 100 candidates nationally and registrations close 11 July 2008.


Special rate to learn to develop learning programmes and materials

Pressures to develop suitable outcomes-based learning programmes and quality training materials are mounting, and with the limited consultant resources available in the country to meet this demand, The Institute of People Development is again rising to the occasion by providing a carefully crafted 5-day course titled: "Learning Programme Design and Materials Development", offered in Midrand on 14-18 July 2008.

Now at the SPECIAL REDUCED RATE OF R 6,490 + VAT per participant (and includes one copy each of the acclaimed book, `Occupationally directed ETD Practices: 2007, Meyer & Orpen' published and distributed by Lexis Nexis Butterworths.)

This book represents ideal training materials for practitioners completing unit standards-based learning in OD-ETD Practices at NQF Level 5. Filled with self-assessments, individual and group activities, case studies and CCFO assessments, this book is a useful example of quality training materials.

BOOK NOW - limited to 20 delegates to the programme!

A costly trend: attrition of employees who leave within the first 2-years.

Over the past 14 years of transformation and 10 years of the National Skills Development Strategy, employment equity has significantly improved in South Africa, whilst staff retention has dramatically worsened. SETAs have achieved 48% of their learnership targets to date, but very few learnership graduates have acquired a desirable work ethic. Chasing specific scarce skills targets nationally has neglected developing those generic critical skills so desperately required by previously disadvantaged South African employees. The rising lack of generic critical skills across sectors has often presented itself as the single greatest source of frustration to working and doing business in the country.

At the very root of human development is early childhood development and it is here where generic critical skills such as analyzing one's environment, exercising critical and creative thinking to solve problems, presenting and representing through written and oral communication, working in diverse teams and handling criticism, making decisions and being accountable for them, etc. are learned.

Mark Orpen, CEO of The Institute of People Development quoted in the IPD Advisor (June 2007): "… and to survive in this ever changing and competing economy, a critically skilled and productive workforce has never before been so high a worthy agenda."

This employment trend is recognized and a concern across most economic sectors but what is less recognized, are those education and training specialists who have the competence to improve the situation. Experienced and committed teachers, trainers, coaches, mentors and responsible educated parents are key to turning this around.

"It will not be surprising if South African business continues spending billions of Rands on skills development each decade into the future; whilst communities, schools and parents avoid the responsibility to develop these generic critical skills in their children, so as to prepare these young adults for the real world of work" predicts Orpen.

Many previously disadvantaged black managers and supervisors just don't have sufficient world of work experience yet to act as effective trainers, coaches and mentors. As such, most companies continue to rely on those experienced and often mature retired previously advantaged white senior managers as life coaches and mentors to these emerging supervisors and managers. "As this trend continues, it will become increasingly prudent to equip both mentors and protégé's with processes and systems of accountability to each other to overcome barriers to growth." continues Orpen.

Inspiring and helping others to learn; helping people to commit, living out and excelling in healthy work ethics, sharing the institutional memory, imparting wisdom and discernment for decision making and accountability thereto, and guiding them to excel; is what good coaches and mentors provide. This is vital in all workplaces; and may in fact be the differentiator between productivity sustainability and mere survival. Effective coaching and mentoring may be the key to reduce excessive hidden costs (placement fees, induction and orientation, learning to work in new teams, getting `up to speed') of high staff turnover due to a lack of generic critical skills to deliver satisfactory work outputs.

Coaching and mentoring courses for managers and supervisors are certainly worth procuring, however the central theme should include the development and refinement of generic critical skills if you aim to improve learnership delivery and take your organization to higher levels of performance.

Contact Leon or Mark for more information on how IPD can support your nominated coaches and mentors.

Public Training Schedule

For more information about all our OD-ETDP training programs, visit our website at and embark on an exciting journey of outcomes-based learning through IPD. All programmes are available in other provinces on demand.

Learning Programme Registered qualifications/unit standards included in the programme Training Dates
Recognition of Prior Learning Intake NQF4 Certificate in OD-ETD Practices
NQF5 Certificate in OD-ETD Practices
NQF5 Diploma in OD-ETD Practices
23 June & 28 July 2008
Needs Analysis & Skills Planning 123396 - Define target audience profiles and skills gaps.
15218 - Conduct an analysis to determine outcomes of learning for SD and other purposes.
15217 - Develop an organisational training and development plan.
15232 - Coordinate planned skills development interventions in an organisation.
15222 - Promote a learning culture in an organisation.
15221 - Provide information and advice regarding skills development and related issues.
15227 - Conduct skills development administration.
02-05 June 2008
Facilitation, Coaching & Mentoring 117871 - Facilitate learning using a variety of given methodologies.
117877 - Perform one-to-one training on the job.
10294 - Identify and respond to learners with special needs and barriers to learning.
117874 - Guide learners about their learning, assessment and recognition opportunities.
117865 - Assist and support learners to manage their learning experiences.
123398 - Facilitate the transfer and application of learning in the workplace.
115789 - Sustain oral interaction across a wide range of contexts & critically evaluate spoken texts.
09-13 June 2008
Learning Programme design & Materials Development 114924 - Demonstrate understanding of the OBET approach within the context of a NQF.
123401 - Design outcomes-based learning programmes.
123394 - Develop outcomes-based learning programmes.
10305 - Devise interventions for learners who have special needs
14-18 July 2008
Qualifications & unit standards development 117856 - Define standards for assessment, education, training and development.
115792 - Access, process, adapt and use data from a wide range of texts.
117858 - Design and develop qualifications for assessment, education, training and development.
22-24 July 2008
Post Graduate Certificate Programme Intake NQF6 Certificate in OD-ETD Practices 31 Jul 2008 - 30 Jun 2009

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