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Outlining your SETA or QCTO accreditation strategy

Organisations offering training or coaching services can add further value to their markets when accredited to deliver recognised occupational learning. Why SETA Accreditation? An accredited organisation offers credit-bearing training resulting in an industry relevant qualification or part qualification (skills programmes). Accreditation signals a stamp of credibility, compliance and accountability to the market. By conforming to legislated levels…
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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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28.6 Million internet users in South Africa, but how many find you?

Internet ranking and low cost competitive strategies has become big business. With over 15 million social media users in South Africa, how can education, training and development organisations compete and curate content to channel them? If Content is King and Creativity is Queen What's happening in your kingdom?! More than 40% of South African’s use…
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UNIQUE PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL SELLING YOUR #TRAINING

Are your training sales slow? Is your competition crushing you? Place your order for tailored promotional website content now! Content development for promotions is purposeful, strategic action attracting new markets, retaining clients and competing for market position. Ready to start? Look No Further You can have content within hours! A firm belief in education and…
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Looking for a competitive skills development market strategy?

People, Policy, Productivity and Profit Occupational training organisations must connect all 4 P's into their market strategy if they wish to remain relevant. SETA, QCTO or CHE Accredited but no new business? Does your organisation satisfy skills development for building firms of the future? It's time to redefine ETD market strategy to profoundly communicate value…
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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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SETA and QCTO accredited business

Quality Management, choice of qualifications, correct SETA selection and learning content approval are crucial to a successful training organisation. Emerging providers often overlook the value of competitive analysis and how this awareness connects to branding. Resources, Solutions and Answers Reduce the agony of confusion and get straight answers to your questions. Upscale your business plan…
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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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SETA and QCTO Accreditation, Systems and Markets

Connecting a qualification selection to specific, reachable markets is essential for a new organisation. Organisations already accredited may be concerned if accreditation isn't showing them a return on investment. Is Accreditation Worth It? A qualification connects to a market. Are you experiencing a slump, you're not growing or have never been able to achieve market…
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Promoting Accredited Training

Internet ranking and low cost competitive strategies has become big business. With over 15 million social media users in South Africa, how can education, training and development organisations compete and curate content to channel them? Attracting or Boring Markets? Since starting a blog about education, training and economic development issues in 2010, I've learnt extensively…
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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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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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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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Is your business tapping into the Youth Market?

Diversified development interventions need to address the youth market and it's myriad problems. Do you know where the youth come from and how they feed into the labour market, looking for employment or education? Are they looking for you? From Child to Youth Many South African children live in households where only a mother is…
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Managing Funded Learnerships from different SETAs

Conflict among learners can emerge at organisations who run different SETA interventions. Here's some advice on how to practice damage control. Different Funding can mean Different Stipends Two SETAs can fund the same qualification. This means one provider can roll out a qualification based on different funding obligations for the same intervention. When group A…
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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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Every Wednesday! 20 Minutes with your worst questions

What does accreditation even mean?! What is required and why? Bring your questions and market bugs! Education and Training is a dynamic sector inspiring endless innovation and competition opportunities.  Chat to someone who has worked in education and economic development for two decades. From policy to praxis, let Leonie assist you. KEEPING UP?  Take a…
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Competitive Development Strategies

Are you directing an accredited education and training organisation or want to establish a unique brand aligned talent academy? No need to do it alone! Together we can shape an aggressive competitive growth and development strategy to mine talent. Sign up for power hour sessions. We schedule sessions according to your flow and establish clearly…
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