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Interventions for Education, Training and Development

Spanning vulnerable to profitable, markets are complicated tribes of beasts ever jostling and competing for prizes. From CHE, SETA or QCTO Accreditation to Development in Vulnerable Markets Spring means time to get fresh!!! Three great workshops, each committed to solving pain points in a development context. Check them out, sign up for more than one! …
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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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The Equity Policy Aim. A Misfire, Misfit or Missile? Workshop

The intentions of equity can be marred by a lack of pro-poor policy and uninformed processes diminishing meaningful outcomes.Vulnerability, Complexity and Being 'Equity' NEETMany organisations find opportunity and value in offering training to NEET youth to increase their employability and simultaneously achieve organisational equity targets.Is equity about 'evening the turf' or is it more loaded?Absorbing…
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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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Pro-poor Policy Vulnerable Markets Workshop

Trends, characteristics and challenges embedded in youth and unemployed markets. The Pro-poor Policy workshop addresses issues faced by employers, skills development providers and marketing teams who must attract youth to development interventions.  Many market failures exist, for example youth complain about inaccessible opportunity, while stakeholders often struggle to reach vulnerable beneficiary markets. With reference to…
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Drivers for SETA and QCTO accredited business success

Quality Management, choice of qualifications, correct SETA selection and quality assured learning material are critical drivers for a profitable training organisation.   Emerging providers often overlook the value of competitive analysis and how this connects to the branding of the learning experience. Most select programmes already common in the market and maintain conventional features. New providers should…
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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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Attending the Vulnerable Markets Workshop

Who should attend this workshop about trends, characteristics and challenges embedded in the youth and unemployed markets? Employers, skills development providers and marketing teams are among those who will benefit!  Many market dysfunctions exist, for example youth complain about inaccessible opportunity, while employers and training providers struggle to connect with viable beneficiary markets. Dysfunctions can…
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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

The QCTO has been erupting for a while and we've all been wondering where the flow will go.  You think your problem is the accreditation application till you're accredited and not making money! My clients are often accredited entities unable to SELL what they became accredited for. As a strategist and expert in education and…
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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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SETA Accreditation simplified for new ETD start-ups

Becoming an accredited education and training organisation is easier than being a successful one. If you can't get the accreditation process right, chances are high you will find the market place challenging. If you want to understand your specific business context and how to proceed with accreditation, I've found that intense 1-on-1 discussions allow clients…
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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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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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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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