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QMS Design or Customisation

We prepare concise documents from an overarching, strategic Quality Policy to an agile Review Mechanism Designing a QMS tailored to fit an organisations growth strategy to compete in markets is different to obtaining a free system for customisation. A Quality Management System must integrate with your business mission, vision and organisational objectives. A QMS is…
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The Perfect SETA Accreditation Strategy

Are you a training organisation pursuing SETA accreditation? Here's an outline of key information ensuring your accreditation will yield viable results. Measure the value of becoming accredited for something with little market traction or the risk of operating in a highly competitive niche. SETA Strategy Features 1. Aligned Target Markets SETAs have a vested interest…
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Job-hopping black managers, only in it for the money?

Virtue, Equity and Job-hopping I believe virtue can easily be disputed, particularly when companies claim 'equal opportunity' yet their processes don't match. Equity is not a focus on diversity, (although diversity is an outcome), it's much deeper and should expand how business processes adapt and innovate to promote inclusion and belonging. The ability to retain…
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10 NEET market composition facts

NEETs are people not in employment, nor in education and training. The statistics describing the NEET market composition can assist organisations with improving their strategies. NEET Market Facts 40.3%  about 15 million persons aged 15-64 years were NEET in South Africa in 2016 NEET rates are significantly higher for women than men across all the age…
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Poverty Markets, NEETs and Development

Education and training organisations are uniquely positioned to address market shifts, opportunities and align with government policy to alleviate poverty conditions. Diverse interventions can address market challenges, particularly those facing youth not in employment or education (NEETs). Who is most affected by poverty? Problem: What can we do about training and career development to shift…
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Strategic Accreditation, Market Awareness and Business Growth

Education and training accreditation is much more than a compilation of documents satisfying regulatory procedures. Appointing a consultant to 'get you accredited' can have dire consequences for your business.  If you don't understand how to set up the documentation for successful accreditation, how will you meet required standards (embedded in the documentation) once operational? Consider…
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#QCTO non viable #accreditation

You think your problem is completing the accreditation application till you're accredited and not making money! Clients are often accredited entities unable to SELL what they became accredited for. As game strategist in education and economic development, I can help you  prevent or fix a 'nonviable accreditation.' Let's complete your quality cycle and prepare you…
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PIVOTAL Programmes and why SETAs fund them

SETAs drive industry specific skills development solutions directing funding according to rising demands for specific trades and occupations. Professional, Vocational, Technical and Academic Learning PIVOTAL is defined as Professional, Vocational, Technical and Academic Learning programmes that result in occupational qualifications or part qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework. CATHSSETA Policy Example CATHSSETA's  Discretionary grants policy provides a…
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How to Recruit Unemployed Candidates for #Learnerships

A recruitment strategy targeting unemployed youth can include  Department of Labour assistance. Employers, training providers or SETAs can ask the Department of Labor to help them find unemployed learners. The Department will search their database, hold interviews and make a list of the most suitable unemployed people for the learnership. Note: If you are a potential…
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Trends in Youth Unemployment Interventions

On Workers' Day in 2018, I joined a group in a Consciousness Cafe discussion shaped by youth who believed their greatest challenges related to self-esteem. Current Youth Development Features I decided to see if youth interventions address the issue of self esteem. Civil society, the private sector and government typically shape the nature of interventions…
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FAQ How to be market competitive if we’re only accredited for one qualification?

Accredited training organisations are increasingly facing new competitors who challenge their market dominance. Most clients are ones with long histories and successful trajectories that suddenly stopped paying off. Rethinking Qualification Accreditation Okay, to be honest, one qualification is not smart if you've been around for a bit. However, even if you are only accredited for…
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Inequality and HR

Labour Market Failure in South Africa Are South African Human Resource Management trends contributing to equality or inequality? In 2018, the World Bank reported that South Africa had the highest levels of income inequality in the world.  Is your organisation operating according to fair policy promoting equality? Business Policy, Power and Inequality Are firms using…
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Planning Workforce Job Transitions: 4 Job Similarity Examples

HR practitioners and unions must address labour skill set issues and plan transition paths for careers disrupted by technology. Viable job transitions can be identified once a declining job or field is matched to an in-demand group of jobs requiring similar skill-sets and knowledge. High, medium and low similarity jobs A close similarity between jobs…
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How Much Stipend Should We Pay Unemployed Learnership Candidates?

Organisations have raised interesting questions regarding how to structure financial benefits for unemployed youth on learnerships. Companies who absorb unemployed youth are awarded BEE points, rebates and can have all stipends paid to learnership candidates refunded. The benefits exist in order to persuade companies to create opportunities for the unemployed. We want to treat our learners…
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3 TRAINING DEALS THAT COULD TURN SOUR

No one likes to lose a deal, but turning them away because you're uncertain if you can honour client expectations and maintain product integrity is pure pain. If you're in this position, it's time to access expert support that includes structured technical instruction and policy advice. "Can I give Clients what they want without compromising…
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Why the Workforce Finds some Job Transitions Undesirable

Job transition strategies are key to reducing retrenchment and unemployment. Savvy HR practitioners will need to identify which positions are most threatened and how these workers can be productive elsewhere in the organisation. However not all opportunities are appealing to the workforce. Viable Job Transitions A job transition is viable for employers when relevant transferable skills…
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Job Transition Methodology for Concerned People Development Practitioners

This post introduces an approach to planning for viable and desirable job transitions for careers disrupted by technology. South African education, training and development organisations wanting to expand into reskilling will need to find ways to identify declining and growing job markets. What makes a viable and desirable job transition? COMPARING FOR JOB SIMILARITY The…
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Business People Think in the Future: Reskilling and Upskilling Workers

Education, training and development organisations navigate paths across new terrain and lead markets into the future. This future changes at different speeds, with technology changing behavior and jobs.  As skills, jobs and qualifications become redundant, how we shape access to resources and nurture lifelong learning for the workforce becomes more complex and critical. Market Pressures Require…
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Poverty, high school drop-outs and accredited training

Education and training organisations are uniquely placed to address market shifts, opportunities and align with government policy to try alleviate poverty conditions. When doing this, many interventions can be funded by government or business. RSVP for the Vulnerable Markets Workshop: The Youth and Unemployed If your business intends becoming Quality Council accredited (e.g. QCTO or…
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Differences between Accredited and Not-for credit learning programmes

Which programmes are trustworthy and market related? Is non credit bearing training worth the investment? Markets are concerned with these issues as they often question impacts and worth. Credits and Credibility If your programme is aligned to credit bearing quality standards it can be easier to pitch to a market. Non credit bearing can crack…
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Managing 18.2 Learnerships and Apprenticeships

Learnerships and apprenticeships have two primary target groups, the employed (18.1) and the unemployed (18.2). It's important to manage expectations in a way that ensures learners take ownership of their development. Most employers can't offer long term opportunity. What can you do for participants you can't employ? "Manage your future" Bootcamp Leonie assists employers and…
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Training Market Strategy and TVET Competition

Colleges, provinces and population dynamics. Which province has the least or most colleges and does it matter? What can we learn about market opportunities when data shapes the story? Gaps for youth and unemployed development? Compelling factors shaping why, how and who for education and training organisations.  COLLEGES, PROVINCES AND POPULATION DYNAMICS The table below…
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Education and Training. Business and Poverty.

Poverty increases as economic growth declines. Education and training organisations are uniquely placed to address market opportunities and align with government policy. UNDERSTANDING POVERTY MARKETS Who are most affected by poverty? Stats SA  reported that the following South Africans are most likely to struggle in poverty: children aged 17 years and younger black Africans females…
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Download The NQF Impact Study

 A smorgasbord of statistics spanning an entire decade is available for Education and Training. The NQF Impact Study 2002 - 2012 SAQA released an NQF impact evaluation report. We can mail it right to your inbox and save you some bother. :) SAQA took frikkin long to produce this! Let's hope they can consistently provide…
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