"Words are only painted fire; a book is the fire itself." - Mark Twain

In this month's issue

  • ARTICLE: Formalising learning and development qualifications for FET Lecturers.
  • TRAINING GAME: Introducing assessment principles



The first ReCr8 workshops were a Gr8 success! Participating individuals have been refreshed, revitalised and invigoured by this innovative approach to continuous development and their companies are starting to roll this out to groups of managers, HR and learning & development staff. So look out for the new ReCr8 logo below and book yourself on one of our training spa experiences!

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According to our Tutors, the submissions thus far have generated various best practice approaches to Learning & Development that will inform Good Practice Guides, which will be made available on the IPeDia Resources Library - watch this space!

"I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him." Galileo Galilei


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) recognises your existing experience and expertise gaining you access to a formal qualification in Learning & Development. This is also a fast and effective way to gain the professional recognition needed in your own workplace / specialist environment.

PS: Watch this space for our Breakfast seminar coming soon!

ARTICLE: Formalising learning and development qualifications for FET lecturers.

The learning and development road has many junctions on its route. For many, deciding to gain a formal ETDP qualification has been driven by the need for personal empowerment rather than advancing a professional career path. And so the field of practice is now challenging this notion!

A key example is the Public FET Colleges that have been under the microscope for sometime. Scrutiny of practitioner competence has led to a policy directive that subject matter experts who train specific skills may be insufficient; these practitioners also need to prove themselves competent as learning and development specialists, with deeper levels of ETDP competence!

The future of our Public FET Colleges and the lecturers / practitioners in particular has been the topic of many discussions in the past year. The culmination of most of these discussions has contributed to the conclusion that the Public FET Colleges will be playing an important role in our country's future and therefore the lecturers / practitioners will need to be re-skilled to meet this exciting new phase.

According to the Keynote Address by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande at the Further Education and Training Summit in Johannesburg on 3-4 Sept 2010:

"FET colleges are pivotal in our mission to address skills shortages and mismatches, as well as helping young and less skilled workers access jobs. We must ensure that further education and training programmes provide the real-world skills needed by public and private sector employers, and support sustainable livelihoods for many who are not employed and are not participating in education and training programmes. A huge mismatch that we must address is that most of our youth in casual jobs are not enrolled in any colleges, yet those in colleges do not get the kind of workplace exposure they desperately need. This has to be corrected.

Key activities over the next five years to improve responsiveness to the needs of the economy will therefore include the following:

  • Significant expansion of the FET college sector

  • Programme offerings will be expanded, not only strengthening the NCV programmes, but also expanding the N type programmes, especially to absorb matriculants without university endorsement

  • Training partnerships with industry will be funded through SETAs,

  • Partnerships with employers will be established,

  • A work-placement programme for graduates of FET colleges will be established, and

  • Quality interventions will include initiatives to improve management capacity, materials development and the introduction of formal qualifications for lecturers."

(Extract from: Report of the Further Education and Training Summit Steering Committee 18 Sept 2010)

This will have a huge impact on FET lecturers' nation-wide. The majority of these practitioners have many years of experience at the FET Colleges and above reproach substantive subject matter expertise, but little or no formal Learning and Development expertise! Many learners are reporting that the FET Colleges are not really at the point yet where this has become a key/core issue; but current legislation shows that a little foresight might eliminate a lot of pain and trauma later on!

This does not mean however, that they all need to join formal training programmes! Many will be able to apply and successfully complete RPL programmes that will allow them access to or completion of a formal qualification to provide them a better future in their changing environment. Here RPL can really come into its own showing that previous experience and both informal and non-formal learning can provide the evidence needed to prove competence!

"Recognition of prior learning is a process whereby, through assessment, credit is given to learning which has already been acquired in different ways". - SAQA


Objective: Introduce the main aspects of RPL.

Resource: Scrap paper, colour pens/pencils

Players: Small to large groups

Ask each group member to quickly tell his/her group whether they have ever been given any survivor training.

Now give each group a piece of paper and some colour pencils. Create a scenario that they are stranded on a volcanic island that will soon be erupting into lava and fire with no place to hide. They need to, as a group decide on what they have with them in their bags/pockets etc to help them get off the volcanic island immediately!

Give the learners 3 minutes. Get them to write down all the objects they have decided to use and how this will help them survive or draw their evacuation plan.

Now get the groups to give feedback and then use the feedback to explain that we often know a lot more about something than we think we do!


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