Institute of People Development Advisor - October 2008

In this month's issue

  • What's New?
  • ETDP SETA prepares for ETD practitioner development.
  • Professional development of high-level trainers strengthens academic credibility of the field.
  • IPD now trains ETD Coordinators and Administrators.
  • 2008 Public Training Schedule.

What's New?

  1. The Annual IPD Graduation Ceremony will be held at IPD House in Midrand on Friday 21 November 2008. All graduates who achieved a National Certificate or National Diploma in OD-ETD Practices will be recognised and celebrated with during this annual event. These graduates will receive detailed communication about the event shortly.

  2. All ETD practitioners working for both private and public sector providers will be invited by the ETDP SETA from next week to complete a 1-hour online assessment to obtain a detailed personalized report on their current competence and their training gaps. This report will allow you to motivate your personal development plan including full qualifications to enhance your career as an ETD practitioner.

  3. The countdown has begun! 38 working days left to enrol for a Post Graduate Certificate in OD-ETD Practices (NQF 6). This programme will bring together 100's of thought leaders in workplace learning to research and define best practice toward implementing the National Skills Development Strategy during 2009! Interested? Click here!

  4. Please note: The IPD House street number was recently changed by the City of Joburg from 43 to 51 Richards Drive, Halfway House, 1685. We are still at the same upmarket premises!

ETDP SETA prepares for ETD Practitioner development

Registering qualified and practicing educators in Dept. of Education (DoE) Schools, FET Colleges and HE Universities is integral to the design of the quality assurance systems of both UMALUSI and the HEQC who oversee the quality of learning through such institutions.

ETQAs required assessors and moderators (in some cases also SDFs) to be registered to quality assure the standard of assessment practices whilst leaving the wider field of occupationally directed education, training & development (OD-ETD) practices to seek its own legitimacy and professional status.

Adult educators and workplace trainers (ETD Practitioners) employed in the private sector continue the struggle in an over traded and mostly under resourced ETD environment; with little structured support to improve their own ETD practice.

Qualifications, standards and a curriculum in OD-ETD Practices emerged and have evolved over the past eight years to guide the field, with some accredited training institutions offering learning, recognition of prior learning, and continuous professional development programmes for these ETD Practitioners.

Scarce and critical skills research recently conducted by the ETDP SETA reported more that 50% of scarce skills needs at private training providers being related to occupationally-directed education, training & development (OD-ETD) competence; now defined in one curriculum to guide the field of practice. Similarly, OD-ETDP skills needs amongst adult educators in Public FET Colleges, were reported as a priority.

The ETDP SETA in partnership with the Institute of People Development is now researching and compiling a gap analysis report on the competence of all ETD practitioners in the sector; mapped against each curriculum role, qualification level and the related unit standards. This report will quantify and qualify who in the sector is eligible for RPL toward a qualification in OD-ETD practices, and what specific training and development opportunities should be made available to assist these practitioners to improve their practice.

The free online assessment goes live on 15 October to 15 November 2008 and may be accessed at:

Professional development of high-level trainers strengthens academic credibility of the field

Market research suggests a crucial shortage of high-level practitioners working in the field of skills development. In part, this reflects a wider shortage in the field of ETD practice (hence, for example, the Department of Education is providing the Advanced Certificate in Education for school leadership).

In part this also reflects how recently formal education and training targeted at skills development practitioners emerged in South Africa. The first higher education programs aimed at skills development practitioners really only emerged during the 1990's; for example, the South African Qualifications Authority only recently registered a National Certificate in Occupationally-directed Education, Training & Development (OD-ETD) Practices NQF 6.

The scale of qualification provision for high-level skills development practitioners, however, is currently totally inadequate given the huge number of practitioners in the field. Exacerbating this challenge is the argument for `professionalising’ skills development practitioners (through professional registration & accountability) assuring clients of sound, quality services that offer a return on investment.

The field of OD-ETD practice itself lacks academic credibility at present, both in South Africa and throughout the Anglophone world. While schooling has been the subject of extensive research and has a substantial theoretical base on which to draw, the field of skills development by contrast is still relatively impoverished.

Many skills development practitioners & adult educators continue to view their professions as separate disciplines built on different bodies of knowledge, approaches and methodologies; preventing an open exchange of ideas and information regarding adult learning theory, curricula and programme design, learning and teaching methodologies.

Whilst skills programmes are generally designed and developed to benefit the organisations that fund and coordinate them, adult education programmes are established to advance or increase knowledge, competence, or skills, where individual participants are the beneficiaries.

But adult educators & skills development practitioners are all in the business of advancing skills, increasing knowledge and improving the behavior of adults, regardless of beneficiary. Spurgeon, Moore. 1994.

Continuous professional development (CPD) for high-level skills development practitioners and adult educators who themselves tend to be isolated from others working in the same field of practice, would address the need for stronger leadership.

Bringing together top experts from the worlds of academic research and workplaces into dialogue with one another through a `community of practice’ may well bridge the divide between adult educators and skills development practitioners and significantly improve OD-ETD practices across the country.

CPD for skills development practitioners would:

  1. Equip leadership in skills development with high-level competences required to operate more effectively;
  2. Extend the body of research underpinning the field of OD-ETD practice in South Africa and abroad through rigorous interrogation of current skills development practices;
  3. Continue building a community of expert practice through which practitioners engage with one another, share their experiences and reflect on how to improve existing skills development practices.

By training high-level skills development practitioners who conduct research in their field, the academic credibility of the field of practice would be strengthened and contributions made to the development of a wider theoretical and empirical base on which practitioners are able to draw. This in turn will contribute to the professionalisation of the field.

Mark Orpen CEO: Institute of People Development

IPD now trains ETD Coordinators and Administrators

IPD launches a 2-day ETD Coordination & Administration programme in Nov 2008 to equip existing or prospective ETD administrators with the competences to:

  • Identify the needs and suitability of applicants to learning programs and processes
  • To coordinate learning interventions and carry out related learner administration
  • Measure and report on learner satisfaction, assessments, transfer of learning and productivity.
  • This 2-day training program provides a theoretical and experiential understanding of coordinating learning, administrating learner information, learning processes and results. It is aimed at candidates who do not yet have the competence in ETD coordination and learner administration.

    The following unit standards awarded upon successful completion of this program:

  • 123393 – Carry out course administration
  • 15227 – Conduct skills development administration in an organisation
  • Participants review quality assurance requirements of delivering education and training in their organisations and bring this along to the 2-day contact training. The ETD Coordination & Administration program is scheduled at IPD House (MIdrand) on:

    19 – 20 November 2008

    Costs: R 4950 + VAT (per delegate)

    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
    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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