Institute of People Development Advisor - September 2008

In this month's issue

  • What's New?
  • Professional Development for Trainers & Facilitators
  • Limited Offer: Facilitators, Coaches & Mentors
  • 2008 Public Training Schedule

What's New?

  1. Spring season brings new life and excitement to IPD - after months of careful selection, IPD is proud to welcome the following newly appointed staff members during September; we wish them a prosperous career within our dynamic organisation:

    • Lindi Govender - Personal Assistant to the CEO
    • Lulu Nkosi - Administrator
    • Judith Legodi - Project Coordinator

    A special word of welcome to Professor John Aitchison who has joined IPD as a senior lecturer and moderator for the Post Graduate Certificate in OD-ETD Practices programme in 2009! John brings exceptional academic leadership to IPD and our team of educators and skills development practitioners who will deliver this NQF6 programme; registrations close 30 Nov 2008.

  2. The Transport Sector Education and Training Authority (TETA) is establishing RPL Centres across the country to deliver its Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) objectives. In preparation for these RPL projects, IPD has been appointed to train and build the capacity of RPL Advisors who will guide and support learners towards acquiring the professional driver qualification through RPL. The RPL Advisor training rolls out in Gauteng, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal during September towards furthering the aims of AsgiSA.

  3. Current and aspiring members of Standards Generating Bodies (SGB) will be delighted to know that IPD is again presenting the programme "Qualifications, Standards and Curricula Design and Development" over the period 28-31 October 2008. If you have practical application and workplace experience, but do not hold the qualification, we recommend that you enrol for this programme.

  4. IPD is hosting its Annual Graduation Ceremony at IPD House (Midrand) at the end of October. All graduates who obtained the full qualification in OD-ETD Practices (NQF Level 4 Certificate, NQF Level 5 Certificate and NQF Level 5 Diploma) will be awarded their qualification during this annual event. All graduates will receive detailed communication regarding this event shortly.

  5. New, updated course brochures that list the contents of each learning programme are now available for download from the IPD website: Click the Programme title on the Public Training Schedule below to access these.

Professional Development for Trainers & Facilitators

The current view in management thinking across the world is that skills development should be better integrated with line management, and that skills development practitioners should play a more strategic role within workplaces. In parallel, the Department of Education is likely to require a REQV level 14 next year, as the minimum occupational requirement for practitioners in FET colleges. In both cases, the issue reflects a need for higher levels of competence amongst skills development practitioners.

Yet in South Africa, skills development is seldom taken seriously. There are many reasons for this; one being that the overwhelming majority of skills development practitioners simply do not have the competence to function at strategic levels within their organisations. This article explores some of the reasons why not, and what can be done to change this.

Quality of Skills Development Practitioner Training

There were very few programs that equipped skills development practitioners for their roles until recently; these programs were almost all at lower levels; and the knowledge base on which they drew was extremely thin.

The Van Wyk de Vries commission in 1954 institutionalised the distinction between mental and manual labour. Academic streams taught people to work with their heads, and vocational streams trained people to work with their hands. Professional programs (e.g. medicine or engineering) came closest to bridging the two.

Yet skills development is not an established profession. Unlike education, which boasts huge bodies of research and theory for every level, in every context and in every discipline, programs specifically addressing workplace training were for the most part restricted to short courses (like 3-day "train the trainer"); and commonly covered procedures and handy hints. The consequence is that the overwhelming bulk of skills development practitioners simply do not have the thinking tools required to function at strategic levels within their organisations. This point was illustrated during a RPL Pilot Project run by the Institute of People Development (IPD), where workplace trainers compared themselves to candidates who had first studied education before moving into workplace training.

One candidate reported "… in the work environment, you are put at a desk and told to do certain things, without always understanding why. The why, the thinking behind it…gives [you] confidence to innovate. This RPL process has done that for me…" Then comparing herself to a colleague, also with strong foundational competence: "[she] has like an internal fountain and she gains from this internal knowledge base; she goes there when she speaks". She spoke about never having had "a point of origin" for her own work in the same way. (IPD Report, 2005).

Scale of Skills Development Practitioner Training

Too few skills development practitioners even attended programs that were available. Most were promoted from artisan or line functions because they were good at what they did; and were sometimes only provided with 3-day courses. Compare this to the education sector, where only 8.4% of teachers have completed less than 3 years of full-time study specifically equipping them to teach.

SAQA recently registered a National Certificate in OD-ETD Practices NQF 6 for high-level skills development practitioners; but the scale of high-level skills development practitioner development is still almost non-existent.

What is to be done?

The more junior skills development practitioners we train, will never be as effective as they should be in their organisations until there are high-level skills development practitioners functioning in more strategic ways.

But high-level practitioners are simply too busy to attend full-time study; and are much more interested in role-specific competences than general education courses.

Continuous professional development programs to provide training and support to these people; allowing them to learn the theory they require, then interrogate and reconstruct their own practices through applied research projects is the only viable solution at this stage.

Skills development requires strategic leadership. South Africa is not short of leaders - now we need to develop their strategic and managerial abilities.

Limited Offer: Facilitators, Coaches & Mentors

The empowering of the workforce could either take place through formal classroom based training or by learning while we work (workplace learning). In the present economic situation and the accessibility of the new education and training environment, it is crucial to identify and train up senior and more experienced staff on how to transfer knowledge and skills in the workplace. Specialist skills and knowledge should not be lost but retained within the organisation. The Facilitation, Coaching and Mentoring programme will equip your managers for this challenge, and is scheduled for 20 - 24 October 2008 at IPD House (Midrand).

This 5-day Facilitation, Coaching & Mentoring programme equips existing or prospective facilitators, mentors or coaches with the competences to:

  • Develop facilitation, mentoring or coaching programs, including session plans and materials.
  • Conduct group or individual facilitation, mentoring and/or coaching sessions.
  • Provide learners with guidance and support around learning and career path choices.
  • Continuously improve their practice through researching their own facilitation, mentoring or coaching practices and those of others in their organization.

Contact Sylvia on (011) 315-2913 or post us a web enquiry for further information.

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
29 Sep 2008
28 Oct 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
Learning Programme Design & Materials Development 114924 - Demonstrate an understanding of OBET…
123401 - Design outcomes-based learning programmes
123394 - Develop outcomes-based learning programmes
10305 - Devise interventions for learners with special needs
03-07 Nov 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.
10-14 Nov 2008
ETD Coordination & Administration 123393 - Carry out course administration
15227 - Conduct skills development administration in an organisation
19-20 Nov 2008
Needs Analysis & Skills Planning (SDF Training) 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.
25-28 Nov 2008
ETD Management & 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.
01-05 Dec 2008
PGC in OD-ETD Practices (Continuous Professional Development) NQF6 Certificate in OD-ETD Practices (120 credits)
1-year programme - 6 x CPD modules
02 Feb 2009 - 31 Jan 2010

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