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TRENDS AND ISSUES IN SA’S GRADUATE LABOUR MARKET

The #FeesMustFall movement is running riot, and free tertiary education is the demand, butis the higher education system already producing too many graduates? Are there enoughopportunities in the labour market for every new graduate every year?By examining the government’s quality indicators for learning and teaching, it is possible tomeasure students’ experience, satisfaction and graduate employment outcomes. It isessential to analyse […]

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) […]

UPSKILLING THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE – AND WHY IT’S NECESSARY

Having grown up on a farm, surrounded by farmers who as a rule didn’t have any formalqualifications in farming, there is a deep understanding for the need to deal with the practicalnature of the occupation. There are great qualifications in all sectors of agriculture, but a lotof people who have moved into the world of agriculture have done so purposefully, […]

PURPOSEFUL LEADERSHIP, CALCULATED MANAGEMENT

As a new year progresses, companies the world over are exploring better ways to developand engage their staff, inculcate purposeful leadership and implement calculatedmanagement strategies. The end goal is a more efficient work force, more effectivemanagement, an improved company culture, greater knowledge and skills, and – ultimately– better profits.In determining how to achieve purposeful leadership, one must first determine what […]

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT FOR ENTREPRENEURS IN AGRICULTURE

Within the agricultural industry, entrepreneurs need to come to grips with the fact that,regardless of whether they are farming, selling fertiliser, building dams, or cultivating crops,grasping how a business works is essential to success.Entrepreneurs are often exceptional at devising excellent business ideas, but a lack of realbusiness management knowledge results in a lack of funding. Without a sound business plan,the […]

BREAKING GROUND IN MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT

The managerial ladder is often built with rungs that depend on technical expertise. If anemployee proves that they have the skills to perform the business tasks required of theirposition, they are promoted to the next rung. While technical proficiency is essential toperformance, management skills are critical to get others to perform.This does not, however, mean that technical experts should not […]

MANAGING FOR A PRODUCTIVE WORKFORCE

In the modern workplace, filled with distractions and illusions of grandeur, it can be anoverwhelming task to maintain motivation, and drive a workforce to deliver productivity. Toachieve this, 21st century managers should focus on two elements; getting people to work,and making work for people.American automobile executive Lee Iacocca once said; “Start with good people, lay out therules, communicate with your […]

Staying Ahead

Staying Ahead

Unbelievable!  We are already half way through the year.  If 2020 has proved anything to us it is that we are a society who values connection and our ability to adapt is of vital importance. Our CEO, Mark Orpen, has long recognised the inevitable adjustments the Institute of People Development (IPD) needed to make to be relevant in the Fourth […]

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 […]