CUTTING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT BUDGETS; BEHEADING THE FUTURE

The first quarter of 2016 is complete. The finance speech has been delivered, and most companies have begun re-evaluating their budgets for the next financial year. Understandably, most will be searching for cost-cutting avenues, contemplating what constitutes essential spend, and what they can do without. Unfortunately, in many instances, the choice is made to cut skills development budgets. A mistake […]

SURVIVAL TIPS FOR SOUTH AFRICAN MANAGERS

A global survey of more than 1 300 CEOs revealed that the availability of key skills is the second-biggest threat to business growth, close behind the increasing tax burden. A report issued in Business Day showed that this comes as South Africa’s government cuts mandatory grants, or reimbursements, that are paid back to companies that engage in sector education and […]

THE NEVER ENDING JOURNEY OF SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

Henry Ford, American industrialist, the founder of Ford Motor Company emphatically believed in the continuous journey of learning. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or at eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” At The Institute of People Development’s (IPD) 2015 Graduation Ceremony held in November, Chief Executive Officer, Mark Orpen, opened the proceedings and welcomed guests, […]

WHY WORKPLACE ASSESSMENT IS ESSENTIAL (TO PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT)

Skills development has been acknowledged as one of the most important elements to drive economic growth in South Africa. Without it, the workforce cannot move forward. Yet, no matter how much is spent on the development of skills, it is not worth much if the results are not captured through measuring it’s effect – more commonly referred to as assessment. […]

Learning and Recognition of Prior Learning Advising Practices Skills Programme

Learning and Recognition of Prior Learning Advising Practices Skills Programme

Articulates into the further Education and Tra ining Certificate: Occupationally-Directed Education Training and Development Practices, SAQA ID 50332. This course will equip learning and RPL advisors to: Prepare for and support individual and group outcomes-based learning sessionsProvide learners with guidance and support around their learningDevelop evidence for assessmentContinuously improve their practice through reviewing support systems and practices in their organisation […]

ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS TO WORK READINESS

Skills development initiatives don’t mean much in the workplace if real work readiness is notachieved. If the skills taught cannot be implemented by the employee at work, if they amountonly to theoretical learning without practical application, will any return on investment beachieved?According to Gizelle McIntyre, Director at The Institute of People Development workreadiness programmes need to be well designed and […]

DRIVING EXCELLENCE IN PEOPLE THROUGH SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

Skills development remains acknowledged as a key driver of economic growth in South Africa.Without it, the workforce cannot move forward. Graduation is a word that is filled with hope,a promise for a more specialised future, and a symbol of commitment to personal andprofessional development.The Institute of People Development (IPD) recently celebrated the culmination of hard workand dedication; it held its […]

EXCELLENCE IN TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT REWARDED

As South Africa continues to expand, evolve and explore new markets, it is overflowing withexciting and innumerable opportunities. To capitalise on these opportunities companies mustdevelop a respect for growth, a love for learning and a penchant for upskilling their employeesto offer educated and professional solutions to real needs.In recognition of this, the MEA South Africa Awards (Middle East and Africa) […]

Youth Month 2020

Youth Month 2020

Archbishop Desmond Tutu summed up the Zulu proverb Ubuntu as `the essence of being human’. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation.  It’s about our interconnectedness … Too frequently we think of ourselves as individuals, separated from one another.  Whereas in truth we are all connected and what we do affects […]