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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 for 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 too. If you want to understand your specific business context and how to proceed with accreditation, I've found that intense 1-on-1 discussions…
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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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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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