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Leadership Training in South Africa – Does it Deliver?

If the public and media are emphasizing a need for ethical leaders - where is knowledge of ethics taught, distilled and instilled?  Which leadership development providers use the word 'ethics' in their online course descriptions? What should leadership training include? There's no doubt that South Africa is floundering under weak leaders in government and the…
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Invisible Decade of the Artisan

According to the Department of Higher Education & Training and the Department of Labour, this is the decade of apprenticeships in South Africa. Viva mofos! The 'Decade of the Artisan' was launched two years ago in February 2014 and ends in 2024. Abracadabra! The idea is excellent, but the delivery is...INVISIBLE. There is no massive…
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Who Takes Trainers Seriously?

SAPTA provides an agency of collaboration, endorsement, development and protection of trainers and facilitators. As such, both independent contractors and those formally employed in positions that foster learning and development should join. This article is written as a response to the SAPTA networking event held in Johannesburg. Attending the event and unpacking SAPTA's vision was something…
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Why the Theory of Multiple Intelligence is Valuable to Children’s Learning

Author of “Tips and Tidbits for Parents and Teachers – celebrating 50 years in the classroom and sharing what I have learned,’ Pat Kozyra, writes a follow up to her article "Get Yourself Truly Motivated' for Keep Climbing the NQF. The Seven Ways of Learning     Dr. Howard Gardiner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences is often referred…
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Lego at Work: Play to Grow!

How playing with plastic bricks can free your ability to innovate and recreate, improving service, productivity and solution seeking mindsets. Pete Smith writes about  LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® The role of LEGO in Innovation LEGO can be used to create the environment in which innovation flourishes. It’s not a matter of saying to people “There’s some LEGO.…
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Qualifications, Fraud and Disputed Credits

Qualification Fraud In December 2014 the Minister of Higher Education and Training highlighted problems in education and training. Some problems are ongoing and it's important that people who wish to participate in the system - be it as Beneficiary (eg. Learner) or Service Provider (eg. Training company) understands the challenges. What is the Minister's role? The NQF Act, No. 67…
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International Corporate Training Trends

Training is relative to economic activity and, or macro economic growth policies. Global Growth in Training In America, an economic recovery is resulting in increased spending on corporate training as companies are identifying huge skills gaps. The 2014 Corporate Learning Factbook shows that the US spending on corporate training grew by 15% in 2014 (the highest growth rate in seven…
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Tenele’s Story: My Rough Journey Up the NQF

Life, Reality and Curve Balls  I’m almost certain that we are all familiar of the phrase “life throws curve balls”. Well, it is true in most cases, if not absolutely so! We often plan our lives and envision how everything will turn out, but little do we know what tomorrow has in store for us.…
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Link Your Studies to Job Opportunities : Scarce Skills

You already know that the South African unemployment rate is high because most of us know more than one person who's unemployed and we know many who had to resort to self-employment when they couldn't find a job. Find a Job when Jobs are Scarce If that concerns you and you want to specifically study a…
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Do Learnerships and Apprenticeships Lead to Employment?

Learnerships and Apprenticeships have a lot to Offer There may still be a global recession going on and work opportunities may remain scarce for many people, but there are some who are finding success and increased opportunity as a result of training. Learnerships and apprenticeships do not appear to be slow boats to nowhere. Evidence…
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100 Uses for a Paper Clip to Motivate Problem Solving

Facilitating Mind Bending Paper Clip Philosophy Learning can be an experience that turns, twists and bends you out of shape. The process can even make you question  your ability to 'keep it together' - a basic paper clip expectation. Sometimes we must be reminded of the endless possibilities that exist for us when we are…
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How South Africa Ranks in World Happiness

[caption id="attachment_1568" align="aligncenter" width="605"] South Africa is ONLY at 96th position :-([/caption] The 2013 World Happiness Report, based on survey data from 2010 to 2012, outlines six variables that have an impact on country happiness: years of healthy life expectancy having someone to count on in times of trouble (sometimes referred to as “social support”) perceptions…
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