Education is the best provision for old age.

Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

In this month's issue

  • What's New?
  • Trends in Learning & Development
  • Training Game: Lost on a Deserted Island
  • Public Training Schedule


Welcome to 2011! At IPD we have hit the ground running with no less than 6 training sessions scheduled for January alone.

IPD formally welcomes Marietta Mason as Office Administrator, Boipelo Sebake as a Project Administrator and Martin Mabaso as a Training Coordinator.

The phone list below should assist you to fast track contacting the correct person when calling (011) 315-2913:

Managing Director: Mark Orpen Ext 225
General Manager: Gizelle McIntyre Ext 226
Office Administrator: Marietta Mason Ext 227
Public Courses Sales: Eva Ratema Ext 202
Public Courses Sales: Fabian Stout Ext 202
Training Coordination: Martin Mabaso Ext 212
Learner Administration: Boipelo Sebake Ext 231
Accountant/Bookkeeper: Phil Mulenga Ext 224

We bid a sad farewell to our accountant and bookkeeper, Josandra Pauw, who after 10 years of dedicated service is exploring new horizons. We therefore wish Josandra every success in her interior-decorating career! This means we also hello to our new accounting partner: Master Business Associates (MBA).

The ReCr8 Series starts on 4 February 2011; we are very excited about this new professional development programme and have a sneaky suspicion it may turn everyone's head!

PS: Do not forget to claim your discounted SABPP membership if you are a 2010 IPD graduate!


Being an effective Learning and Development Practitioner has always meant being flexible and willing to change. Today practitioners are faced with the greatest challenge ever; the increasing use of e-learning methods. There are a variety of different e-methods on offer, for example:

  • Online student groups - allowing learners to interact with one another
  • Online tutoring - where trainers and learners connect one-to- one, through e-mail and scheduled chats
  • Online coaching - that helps in decision-making;
  • Online libraries and resource centres with up-to-date documents, articles and newspaper clips for reference
  • Bulletin boards - learners post topics and comments and ask questions to other learners
  • "Webinars" - seminars on the web

The greatest advantages of e-learning is that it is easily and quickly accessible, convenient and relatively coast effective. The learner is also in charge of the development process. Increasing demands are to `blend' training to ensure that we meet the needs of our learners!

E-learning is here to stay and trainers must keep up with the latest developments so that they can advise on the best use of such methods AS PART of an overall training solution.

Disadvantages of this e-learning?

  • It lacks the all-important human interaction element of face-to-face training
  • Learning can be disparate, with no cohesive plan behind it
  • Follow-up is much more difficult
  • The quality of the feedback on progress is questionable

Among the various learning methods, e-learning has quickly found acceptance, whether it is through an intranet, the Internet, multimedia, interactive TV, or computer-based training. There is even talk of learning via your cellphone in the future!

IPD & Blended Learning

IPD did not win an award for innovative thinking in 2010 for nothing! IPD moves with and remains ahead of time again. IPD's blended learning programmes bring together distance learning methods combined with face-to-face workshops. This is an extremely time and cost effective way of learning as participants have an opportunity to prepare for an interactive workshop, experience it and apply their learning back in the workplace with the support of the trainer.

An example of a blended IPD learning programme is divided into three main phases:

1. Pre-workshop phase: duration one week's work comprising email questionnaires, pre-course reading, pre-course exercises.

Objective: two-fold purpose:

  • to assist the learner in focusing on the programme and their expectations of it
  • to provide a clearer idea of what will be expected from the learner.

2. Face-to-face workshop: duration of 2 to 3 days in participative outcomes based methodology

3. Learner support phase:

  • Follow-up work by email including action plan review, post-course reading etc
  • One day POE building support workshop based on learner's workplace exposure
  • Assessor feedback and follow up electronically

We will be launching our Generic Management RPL process soon and this will also develop into another true example of blended learning through IPD!



This game is a teambuilding and get-to-know-you icebreaker. The recommended group size is medium, although small and large group sizes are possible too. An indoor setting is ideal. No special props or materials are required. This icebreaker works well for any age, including adults and corporate settings.


Instructions for "Lost on a Deserted Island"

The situation is dire - following a shipwreck, everyone has been stranded on a deserted island! Each person is allowed to bring one object to the island - ideally something that represents them or something that they enjoy. The first part of this icebreaker is simple: each person is asked to describe what object they would bring and why. This need not be realistic; if someone loves music, he or she might choose to bring a guitar, or an animal lover might choose to bring a dog, a food lover might choose to bring sirloin steaks, and so on. Encourage people to be creative.

After everyone has introduced their object and why they have chosen that object, the teambuilding portion follows. Divide into smaller groups and ask everyone to work together to improve their chances of survival by combining the various objects that they introduced. If necessary, you can add more objects, but be sure to use all the objects that everyone mentioned. If you wish, you can reward the most creative group with a prize.

Lost on a Deserted Island is an approachable way to get people to open up and share a little bit about themselves and what they enjoy or value.



For more information about all our OD-ETDP training programmes, and for detailed programme outlines in PDF format, visit our website at and embark on an exciting journey of Outcomes-Based Learning through IPD. Our programmes are also available in other Provinces on demand.

Learning ProgrammeSAQA Registered QualificationTraining Dates 2011
Continuous Professional Development for Skills Development Practitioners 1-year programme - 8 x CPD modules

An official CPD Programme for Learning & Development Practitioners by the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP)
15 January
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
24-26 January
Train-the-Trainer 114924 - Demonstrate understanding of the OBET approach within the context of a NQF
123396 - Define target audience profiles and skills gaps
117870 - Conduct targeted training and development using given methodologies
117877 - Perform one-to-one training on the job
119661 - Demonstrate knowledge of the foundations of human rights and democracy
18-21 January
Recognition of Prior Learning 50332 - FET Certificate in OD-ETD Practices - NQF 4 (120 credits)
50334 - National Certificate in OD-ETD Practices - NQF 5 (120 credits)
50333 - National Diploma in OD-ETD Practices - NQF 5 (240 credits)
27 January
NQF 6 Qualification 50331 - National Certificate in OD-ETD Practices - NQF 6 (145 credits)
Distance learning: CPD Toolkit + e-Tutor support\
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ReCr8 Training Spa Workshops to rejuvenate and refresh your training skills and motivate you to become all you can be! 4 February

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