Institute of People Development Advisor - August 2008

In this month's issue

  • What's New?
  • Final special rate to learn to develop learning programmes and materials
  • The basis for informed decision-making by ETD Professionals
  • Public Training Schedule

What's New?

  1. Many SETA's are serious about investing in their own staff development. The Institute of People Development applauds the SERVICES SETA who committed to register 20 ETQA and Chamber managers, coordinators and key senior staff to the Post Graduate Certificate (PGC) in OD-ETD Practices (NQF 6) - starting February 2009.

    The reason SETA's are wanting their senior staff their register on the IPD Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme is:

    • To develop the philosophical, theoretical and academic competence around current vocational & workplace training (OD-ETD) practices so as to better perform as an Education & Training Authority.
    • To benchmark best ETD practices against other local sectors as well as international best practices to improve the quality assurance of learning within their sectors.
    • To network with other thought leaders and ETD professionals in skills development across South Africa and become part of a community of expert ETD practice.

    The 2009 Post Graduate Certificate (PGC) in OD-ETD Practices (NQF 6) programme registrations are now open.

    Email us for more information or download a brochure here.

  2. 2008 has been a challenging year for increasing the capacity of professional ETD Practitioners in South Africa. Higher interest rates, inflationary pressure and the slowing economy have resulted in the cutting back of training spend. Needless to say, investing in the enablers of vocational and workplace training came to a near standstill in some sectors during the first half of 2008. However, there is still a strong commitment from many leading employers, those companies striving to be employers of choice and some parastatals like Eskom, SA Post Office, etc. who are committed to ensuring employed capacity to deliver internal training beyond 2014. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) as a means to developing this capacity is making good progress, with the caution remaining:

    "Are we ensuring wholeness of competence and graduateness through the RPL process?"

    All professional ETD practitioners in South Africa are encouraged to enrol on the Post Graduate Certificate in OD-ETD Practices starting 02 Feb 2009! Click here to request more information.

  3. Committed to the transformation of workplace ETD? Self-managed, accountable for professional work outputs within a small progressive and entrepreneurial team? People with experience in the ETD industry and fitting the descriptions of vacant positions as advertised on the IPD website are invited to apply for full time employment. Please visit now to apply.

Final 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 providing its 5-day course titled: "Learning Programme Design and Materials Development", offered in Midrand on 01-05 September 2008.

Due to continued demand, the previous 5-day programme was over-subscribed; a special offer is therefore extended to the September date; now at the SPECIAL REDUCED RATE OF R 6,990 + 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!

The basis for informed decision-making for ETD Professionals

Each year, market demands for improved service delivery and the pace at which we need to perform are rapidly increasing. The knowledge economy is growing exponentially whilst emerging leadership across business, labour, communities and public services in South Africa hungers for a sound philosophical basis for their own beliefs, values and strategies to deliver, without really knowing it.

Generational gaps, theological disposition, cultural persuade and mental modes all influence the way we see the world and how we either react to it or pursue it. Core to our continued passions, spiritual liveliness, protracted direction and moral stability lays a carefully woven eclectic philosophy that appears unique to our own view of the world we live in. But to succeed, we need to be well informed of the range of philosophies that underpin the particular field within which we reside and excel.

It is in this place that higher education institutions focus their efforts to develop the `hidden curriculum' within. And it is also in this place that The Institute of People Development (IPD) developed its branded curriculum for vocational educators and workplace trainers, through extensive analysis of national market needs and planning for skills development in South Africa.

Over the past 10 years, I have seen hundreds of Education, Training & Development (ETD) Practitioners successfully passing through qualification certification ceremonies hosted by IPD. But I have also seen scores of consultants & ETD Practitioners come and go, learners jumping through compliance hoops, candidates chasing credits to meet someone else's targets. Each time I observe the motive, I either smile or weep inside as I calculate the effect that each person has on the pool of ETD Practitioner expertise currently servicing our national skills development strategy.

Analyses of collective survey results suggest that between 120,000 and 150,000 practicing vocational educators and/or workplace trainers/assessors exist in one context or another in South Africa. As environments within which ETD Practitioners subsist substantially differ, appropriate curriculum strategies for various target learner markets need to be conceptualized. For example, mining and manufacturing environments suggest a technical inclination in the career path for ETD Practitioners, whilst professional and personal services environments suggest a people oriented inclination.

The fascinating phenomenon is that occupationally directed ETD practices are not quite an exact science. Learning is context specific and practitioners will evolve varied best practices. But what will need to be formulated is the philosophical basis upon which we draw our analyses of best practice in work-based learning. For example human capital philosophies emerged from behaviorist dispositions, social constructivist philosophies from constructivist dispositions and liberal humanist philosophies from radical dispositions. The disposition we subscribe to will shape our view and perspective of best practice in a specific context.

As the world changes there is an increasing need for employees to display critical skills needed to engage in that world, ETD Practitioners will need to rapidly gain a deeper knowledge of the range of philosophies, theories and practices that inform their workplace context. The quest remains for South Africa to develop a well described practical `blue print' upon which ETD Practitioners in particular environments can draw solutions to problem solving and implementing ETD in their vocations / workplace environments. Such a `blue print' should provide a representative picture of ETD practices across the spectrums of work based on a blend of philosophies and theories but proven in practice and inclusive of the shifts and trends between these philosophies and theories.

By: Mark Orpen
Analysing Needs & Planning Learning (CPD for ETD Practitioners): 2008

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
25 Aug 2008
29 Sep 2008
Assessment, Moderation & Evaluation 115755 - Design and develop outcomes-based assessments.
115753 - Conduct outcomes-based assessments.
115759 - Conduct moderation of outcomes-based assessments.
123397 - Evaluate a learning intervention using given evaluation instruments.
11-15 Aug 2008
ETD Management and Quality Management 15237 - Build teams to meet set goals and objectives.
15233 - Harness diversity and build on strengths of a diverse working environment.
10146 - Supervise a project team of a developmental project to deliver project objectives.
114226 - Interpret and manage conflicts within the workplace.
15224 - Empower team members through recognising strengths, encouraging participation in decision making and delegating tasks.
115791 - Use language and communication strategies for vocational and occupational learning.
15228 - Advise on the establishment and implementation of a QMS for SD practices in an organisation.
114925 - Manage learner information using an information management system.
18-22 Aug 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.
26-29 Aug 2008
Learning Programme Design and 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.
01-05 Sep 2008
Train the Trainer 114924 - Demonstrate understanding of the OBET approach within the context of a NQF.
117870 - Conduct targeted training and development using given methodologies.
117877 - Perform one-to-one training on the job.
10294 - Identify and respond to learners with special needs and barriers to learning.
117865 - Assist and support learners to manage their learning experiences.
12544 - Facilitate the preparation and presentation of evidence for assessment.
7389 - Help learners with language and literacy's across the curriculum.
08-12 Sep 2008
Facilitation, Coaching & Mentoring 117871 - Facilitate learning using a variety of given methodologies.
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.
20-25 Oct 2008
Qualifications, Standards, Curricula Design & Development 117856 - Define standards for assessment, education, training and development.
117858 - Design and develop qualifications for assessment, education, training and development.
28-31 Oct 2008
PGC in OD-ETD Practices (Continuous Professional Development) NQF6 Certificate in OD-ETD Practices (1-year CPD programme) 02 Feb 2009 - 31 Jan 2010

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