Institute of People Development Advisor - February 2009
Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labour does the body - Seneca

In this month's issue

  • What's New?
  • Continuous Professional Development
  • ETDP SETA Project
  • Public Training Schedule


A special word of welcome to Dr. Miemsie de Jager (Academic Head) and Louise Theunissen (Operations Manager); who recently joined the IPD team. It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Izelle Bester, who has decided to spread her wings and explore new horizons. Our very best wishes are with you on your journey.


The first planning session for this pioneering initiative took place on 2 & 3 February 2009 and 23 learners participated. The CPD will be 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.

All learners on the programme are required to hold at least a primary diploma/degree and several years of relevant workplace experience. Although the ETD Practice is a highly specialised and evolved field of practice, the CPD programme provide learners the opportunity to engage with Specialists and Knowledge Experts in the respective fields. Learners are encouraged to scrutinise current practises from a strategic angle and research latest trends and best practises. The CPD programme will equip you to become a ETDP strategist for your company.


South Africa is focused on two key priorities for the early part of the Twenty-First Century - strengthening its position as a global economic player by achieving 6% per annum growth, and halving poverty and unemployment by 2014. Education training and development practices in the country will either support these goals or increasingly be relegated to the sidelines (Scarce and critical skills Research Report 2006).

The skills crisis in the South African economy as a whole, and the policies and interventions designed to address it, are directly relevant to the ETDP sector; the reason being that ETD practices are the primary vehicle for addressing the skills crisis across all sectors of the economy. This essentially means that the quality of qualifications and the competence of ETD Practitioners across the sectors of the economy largely rest with initiatives provided by and the delivery processes of the ETDP SETA.

The ETDP SETA realised the importance of their role and tasked The Institute of People Development (IPD) in 2007 to develop a Career Guide for the ETDP Sector based on Scarce and Critical Skills research in the various sectors. Based on the recommendations made in the Career Guide, IPD subsequently developed an online ETD Practitioner skills audit tool and in 2008 conducted a sector wide skills audit to refine the Scarce & Critical Skills research, directed at specific ETD Practitioner job-related roles.

Of the 1433 respondents, 380 completed all three assessments. The first assessment assessed English language proficiency, the second assessed Mathematical numeracy and the third assessed the competency required by vocational educators, enterprise trainers & skills development practitioners to fulfil their roles as a ETD Practitioners.

Statistics indicated that 57% of respondents were female and 43% male; a concentration of 51% of all ETD practitioners between 30 and 45 yrs; a dominant experienced white population over 40 yrs; a diminishing white population younger than 35 and a significantly larger Black/African population under 35 with the majority under the age of 30 yrs. However, 22% of the total respondents (ETD Practitioners) younger than 30yrs raised the concern that educators and trainers require demonstrable subject matter expertise and experience before being regarded as effective ETD practitioners across a range of learning contexts. [By way of reference: the average age of ETD Practitioners trained by IPD during 2003 to 2008 is 41 yrs.]

This report primarily highlighted the levels of readiness of ETD Practitioners for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) towards full qualifications as well as the need of ETD Practitioners for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at higher levels of study; NQF Level 6 and above. 25% of respondents were found eligible for RPL towards a National Diploma in OD-ETD Practices NQF 5, and 79% of these would most likely not require any formal learning to fill competence gaps.

IPD developed a RPL process to assist candidates in achieving qualifications in OD-ETD Practices up to NQF 5, as well as a CPD programme to equip ETD practitioners to earn a full qualification in OD-ETD Practices at NQF 6. RPL and CPD can be effectively used to harness the best learning outcomes acquired over a number of years towards developing and demonstrating the wholeness of competence required by these full qualifications.

Increasingly, Vocational Educators, Enterprise Trainers & Skills Development Practitioners will need world-class skills in the following fields:

  • Analyzing organizational and learner needs and planning of required learning;
  • Facilitating skills development and learning frameworks in organizations in support of business strategies;
  • Managing ETD in organizations as an integrated part of human resource strategies;
  • Designing and developing learning programmes and processes;
  • Facilitating and conducting efficient and effective learning and assessment;
  • Understanding and working with unit standards, qualifications, learnerships and the NQF; and
  • Evaluating human resource development interventions.

The ETD sector has the potential to impact either positively or negatively on both the professional and the labour community. The early recognition of skills needs within the diverse constituencies that make up the ETD sector, together with the implementation of targeted, appropriate interventions to address these needs, are essential if levels of productivity, quality and competitiveness are to be improved. This is particularly important given the ETD sector's seminal role in supplying education, training and development services to the nation, and the cross-sectoral involvement of many of its member organizations, e.g. private providers. (Scarce and critical skills Research Report 2006).

The skills audit further highlighted the urgent need to develop ETD Practitioners across the country to enable FET & HET Providers with the resource capacity needed to meet this need. The Institute of People Development has recommended that a CPD Programme need to be developed to assist Providers to develop critical leadership, much needed for South Africa to meet its economic and employment priorities; whilst developing a community of expert ETD practice for sustainability and professionalisation of the ETD field.


For more information about this exciting course and other OD-ETDP training programmes, 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. (Click the programme title to download the related programme brochure)

Learning Programme Registered qualifications/unit standards included in the programme Training Dates
Learning Programme Design & Materials Development 114924 - Demonstrate an understanding of OBETů
123401 - Design outcomes-based learning programmes
123394 - Develop outcomes-based learning programmes
10305 - Devise interventions for learners with special needs
16-20 March 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.
31 March - 03 April 2009
CPD Programme 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
Recognition of Prior Learning Intake NQF4 Certificate in OD-ETD Practices (120 credits)
NQF5 Certificate in OD-ETD Practices (120 credits)
NQF5 Diploma in OD-ETD Practices (240 credits)
25 March 2009

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