|Institute of People Development Advisor - February 2010|
We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own. Ben Sweetland
In this month's issue
The staff and management at IPD would like to thank all our valued customers for their loyal support and wish them a blessed festive season and prosperous 2010. Please note that although IPD will be closed from 14th December 2009 - 11th January 2010 for a well-deserved break, administrative support will be available up till 18th December and again from the 4th January.
The much talked about and long awaited 2010 is here! IPD would like to wish all our clients a prosperous 2010 and may you all be energised for this challenging year. We are pleased to announce that after two years of research and compilation, the pre-launch of The CPD Toolkit for Skills Development Practitioners will take place at IPD House on 8 March 2010 over cocktails to associates and interested clients. The CPD Toolkit for Skills Development Practitioners includes 60hrs of high profile CD lectures, 8 module workbooks and access to current and future research and library articles. Completion of these CPD modules will contribute to CPD points required to retain professional registration. More details of this will be made available at our exhibition stand at the Skills Summit 2010 - CSIR Convention Center in Pretoria (9-10 March 2010).
IPD will also be scheduling `Research for non academics' workshops during the first half of 2010; watch this space for the launch date.
SDF TRAINING SPECIAL - JAN 2010!
The Institute of People Development was the first provider of SDF training and with more than 5500 SDF's trained over the past nine years it is easy to understand why INSETA awarded their SDF training to IPD. Confirming our commitment as an active provider, IPD has scheduled a SDF training course (NSP) on 19 - 22 January 2010 and all applicants who enrol and pay for this course before 16 December 2009 will enjoy a 15% discount!
SAVE A TREE AND SUPPORT A CHARITY
Today, 90% of paper pulp is made of wood. Paper production accounts for about 35% of felled trees, and represents 1.2% of the world's total economic output. Recycling of newsprint saves about 1 ton of wood while recycling 1 ton (1.1 short tons) of printing or copier paper saves slightly more than 2 tons of wood. This is because kraft pulping requires twice as much wood since it removes lignin to produce higher quality fibers than mechanical pulping processes. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifies paper made from trees harvested according to guidelines meant to ensure good forestry practices. It has been estimated that recycling half the world's paper would avoid the harvesting of 20 million acres (80,000 km˛) of forestland (Wikipedia: 2010).
IPD supports the green initiative and so requests all past learners to collect their POE's if they don't want it to be recycled. Proceeds from the recycling will be donated to Food Bank South Africa. FBSA helps hungry South Africans by providing over 1.2 million meals a month to more than 900 community organisations in need. Learners who have been assessed and certificated are requested to make an appointment with Claudia Verwey at IPD and collect their POE's before 12 March 2010 if you do not want IPD to recycle it. Please support this initiative.
SKILLS SHORTAGES IN SOUTH AFRICA
The Department of Labour (2005) defines Scarce Skills as those occupations charaterised by a scarcity of qualified and experienced people (current and anticipated) - in other words, occupations in which numerical imbalances exist in employment because of a difference between the demand for and the supply of skills.
South Africa's skills shortages are widely regarded as key factors preventing the achievement of the country's targeted six per cent growth rate. It is a well known fact that our schooling system is contributing to the national skills crisis and with 620 000 learners that wrote the matric examination in 2009 it seems that the scenario is getting worse. Gill Connelan of Eclipse states that the 'Skills Crisis' can be understood in three differing ways:
Knowing the reasons for a skills shortage, the question needs to be asked - whereto now? Organizers of the Skills Summit 2010 are of the opinion that the lack of skills is the greatest challenge to the growth and economic development of South Africa. The Summit is designed to create awareness and solutions around these and other issues and IPD is proud to announce that our CEO - Mark Open will be one of the plenary speakers at this summit on 9th March 2010.
IPD will also launch the long awaited CPD Toolkit for Skills Development Practitioners and a special rate for bulk corporate purchases will be available during the Skills Summit week only; so don't miss this incredible opportunity. Also ensure you visit our exhibition stand to complete our dipstick survey and update your contact details with us to stand the chance to win a CPD Toolkit for Skills Development Practitioners
2010 PUBLIC TRAINING SCHEDULE
For more information about all our OD-ETDP training programmes, visit our website at www.peopledevelopment.co.za and embark on an exciting journey of Outcomes-Based Learning through IPD. All programmes are available in other Provinces on demand.
To download IPD House Training Center Brochure including map: click here.
|Institute of People Development - Accredited Education & Training Provider ETDP 0133|