UNEMPLOYMENT rate guaranteed to hit the 50% mark before the end of 2024.

South Africa’s unemployment rate is about to reach a historic high of over 50% by the end of 2024, despite recent assurances made during the National Skills Summit on April 23, 2024.  These assurances, delivered by the Minister of Higher Education, come amidst ongoing scrutiny over various issues.

Call me a fortune teller, call me anything you want, but when you see the headlines, remember this article about thousands of private training providers who pleaded for months with the Minister to come to his senses.  #StudentsMustFall, we read your post, and we feel your frustration.  Soon we will all feel the same fate for those who lost out on employment and self-employment.

We’re not driven by political motives; our goal is straightforward: to hit back at hindrances to Black Empowerment, declining self-employment, increasing unemployment rates, failure to tackle critical skills shortages, inadequate communication with stakeholders and the stalling of rural development initiatives.  (Most of these are directly linked to the president’s targets presented in the April 2024 Skill Summit presentation).  It’s time for action; it appears that mere discussion no longer garners attention.

The historical qualifications (through the SETAs) have expired in 2023 and last date for enrolments are set for the end of June 2024.  The new occupational qualifications (through the QCTO) are set to take over from July 2024.

So let’s go and check some facts:

  1. QCTO was established in 2010, fourteen years ago, yet they still lack control over their mandate.
  2. There are hundreds of qualifications which expired in June 2023, with last enrolments set for the end of June 2024, that are still not developed to take over. Currently, we have two months to go.
  3. We have qualifications under the QCTO that are soon set to expire (for review) with still no exam centres registered in South Africa, three years after they were introduced.
  4. The few new qualifications that have been developed to date is not going to contribute to the South African economy or the unemployment For example: We have critical safety and hazard qualifications that are still not developed, but don’t stress, we have the gardener and taxi operator covered.
  5. Exam centres, EISA centres which were recently introduced, is just another money-making scheme added to the unregulated process. It’s not going to add value to one’s education or add credibility to one’s certificate.  It’s just another process and people money making from it.
  6. Communicating or facilitating the QCTO process to the general public by consultants is forbidden.
  7. Over the last fourteen years, the QCTO has conducted only three public workshops, one in each of the three major cities. However, attendees found them poorly presented, resembling dictatorial proceedings.  Our questions remain unanswered, leaving us still seeking clarity.
  8. Virtual sessions were conducted with extremely poor advertising and strict limitations on attendance. Posting content on YouTube doesn’t facilitate public participation.
  9. Other virtual sessions were offered through third parties, with the QCTO present, and these either:
  10. a) requested payment to attend, or
  11. b) were organizational membership-based, or
  12. c) was not recognised by any of the Higher Educations institutions in South Africa, or
  13. d) were conducted to promote a specific online college/company.

Our persistent requests for free and publicly accessible workshops remain unanswered.

  1. Based on data from SAQA in December 2019 and current figures from QCTO as of December 2023, we are set to take over with Occupational Qualifications with over 6000 private training providers in two months’ time. The sad reality is that the majority of these providers are set to close their doors due to a lack of resources or capital to sustain operations.  We, the South Africa Training Providers Forum, currently representing 3084 people, which consists of training providers, consultants and professionals (trainers, assessors and moderators), are intimately aware of their situation and frustrations.
  2. Becoming a registered Training Provider with the QCTO is financially unviable, even if you have the necessary capital and resources at your disposal. Red tape has been added surpassing those typically encountered by colleges, let alone businesses like supermarkets, pubs, restaurants or nightclubs.  Only one example includes the following:
    1. Numerous small training providers have traditionally offered single unit standards and lacked their own facilities or equipment, like classrooms, tractors or forklifts, instead conducting training at their clients’ sites for years. These small businesses now face challenges in obtaining accreditation with the QCTO, as the QCTO requires each training provider to have their own classrooms and equipment.
    2. Additionally, the QCTO requires approval for each training session conducted off-site, posing significant logistical and financial hurdles, especially for short skills programs within limited timeframes and budgets.
  3. Trainers, assessors, and moderators, who have dedicated themselves to this industry, are feeling adrift. To date they have received no communication about the implications of transitioning to QCTO.  Some are not even aware that such a transition is happening.  For those in the know, uncertainty clouds their path: Will their previous assessor and moderator courses hold weight?  Should they first undergo training in registered QCTO courses to obtain statements of results before applying for registration as assessors and moderators?  Who will fund this for them?  Additionally, confusion persists about whether to apply through the Setas or directly with QCTO.  They find themselves utterly bewildered.
  4. The Department of Employment and Labour mandates that employers train their employees in specific safety fields, which falls outside the current scope of QCTO’s mandate. This raises a critical question: should employers opt for non-accredited training options to meet requirements, or risk non-compliance with the Department of Employment and Labour?
  5. Sponsoring learnership for BEE points and TAX rebates will soon become a thing of the past. The system is simply not geared up for it and no interest is shown in addressing
  6. For the past 14 years, the DICTATORSHIP QCTO has consistently failed to effectively communicate events, resources or news to its stakeholders. Even subscribing to their emails or registering with the QCTO as a training provider does not guarantee receipt of information.  Communication typically occurs with select stakeholders only days or hours before the event via social media channels.

 

A petition is currently underway with the aim of requesting an extension for the historical SAQA qualifications and unit standards until replacements are registered for all of them under QCTO.  Additionally, we are advocating for sufficient time to be provided after the registration of all qualifications and skills programs under the QCTO for training providers, assessors, and moderators to apply for and receive accreditation and registration.  As of now, we are just over halfway to our goal of ten thousand participants.  The link to the petition can be found on the South Africa Training Providers Forum’s website.  We encourage anyone impacted by these changes to visit the South African Training Providers Forum’s website or Facebook page and sign the petition.  Your support is essential for advancing our shared objectives.

As the majority echoes “Amen,” we’ve expressed everything.  We warned you, we pleaded with you, and we begged you.  Now, we’re all destined to become yet another statistic in South Africa.

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URGENT ACTION REQUIRED by the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology to Extend ALL SETA Legacy Qualifications and Skills Programmes

All SETA legacy qualifications and each unit standard-based skills programme currently held within most of the SETAs will expire end of June 2024 and are due to be replaced by the OQSF (Occupational Qualifications Sub Framework) format qualification, which is composed of theoretical, practical, and work experience modules.

New qualifications were meant to be re-scoped and mapped out across all the. The qualifications were then meant to be implemented and managed by the QCTO within the NQF (National Qualifications Framework).

However, in less than 10 weeks all SETAs most Historical Qualifications expire with no replacement qualifications developed to be implemented as the replacements. This is going to create a huge crisis in all sectors of South Africa where there will be no educational facility to train and develop new skills and qualified individuals.

The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) est 2010 in terms of the Skills Development Act Nr. 97 of 1998 is mandated to do the following:

  1. Oversee the design, implementation, assessment, and certification of occupational qualifications, including trades, on the Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework (OQSF).
  2. Offer guidance to skills development providers who must be accredited by the QCTO to offer occupational qualifications.

The QCTO has failed in its duty to fulfil its mandated obligations of overseeing the design, implementation, assessment, and certification of all tourism guiding qualifications and skills programmes. There has also been a failure in offering support and guidance to skill development providers and occupational training delivery partners. Many of the due to expire skills programmes have not been aligned to the OQSF by the QCTO.  Occupations Qualifications are still not developed, nor are any EISA Centers registered.

In Minister Dr. Blade Nzimande’s presentation the following points were brought forth on the 23th of April 2024 as targets for the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology:

  1. Infrastructure development for the provision of service delivery.
  2. Significant reduction in unemployment including amongst graduates.
  3. Sustainable entrepreneurship, SMMEs, and cooperatives which promotes self-employment.
  4. Holistic digitization and advancement of technological infrastructure and development to benefit the country.
  5. Effective and efficient shared services on information and communications technology.
  6. Fundamental rural development.

The status of the SETA legacy qualifications and skills programmes and their imminent expiry place all these targets at risk. With no alignment or replacement to the current skills programmes within the OQSF this will result in increased unemployment for graduates as there are fewer qualifications and career path options.

A lack of infrastructure development for the provision of service delivery especially to remote areas of the country.

Little to no growth within sustainable entrepreneurship, SMMEs and cooperatives that promote self-employment as the ability to do these relies on professional and high-standard training and educational development.

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What is learning styles when it comes to developing learning material

Learning styles refer to individual preferences and tendencies in how people approach learning and process information. Different learners have different ways of absorbing and understanding new material, and understanding these learning styles can inform the development of effective learning materials. There are several common learning styles:

  1. Visual Learners: Visual learners prefer to learn through images, graphs, charts, and visual aids. They often benefit from diagrams, videos, and illustrations that help them visualize concepts.
  2. Auditory Learners: Auditory learners learn best through listening. They retain information through spoken explanations, discussions, lectures, and audio materials like podcasts.
  3. Kinesthetic Learners: Kinesthetic learners learn by doing. They thrive when they can engage in hands-on activities, experiments, role-playing, and other interactive experiences.
  4. Reading/Writing Learners: These learners prefer to learn by reading and writing. They do well with written materials, textbooks, taking notes, and written assignments.
  5. Logical/Mathematical Learners: Logical learners excel in analytical thinking and problem-solving. They appreciate patterns, reasoning, and logical explanations.
  6. Social/Interpersonal Learners: Social learners thrive in group settings. They learn best through interactions, discussions, group projects, and collaborative activities.
  7. Solitary/Intrapersonal Learners: Solitary learners prefer independent study and introspection. They benefit from self-paced learning, reflection, and individual projects.

When developing learning materials, it’s important to consider these learning styles to create content that appeals to a diverse range of learners. Here’s how learning styles can inform material development:

  1. Variety of Content Formats: Incorporate a mix of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic elements to engage learners with different preferences. Use images, videos, audio clips, text, and interactive exercises.
  2. Clear Explanations and Narration: Provide clear written explanations for reading/writing learners and include spoken explanations or narrations for auditory learners.
  3. Visual Aids: Include diagrams, charts, graphs, and infographics to support visual learners in understanding complex concepts.
  4. Hands-On Activities: Develop interactive activities, simulations, experiments, and practical exercises for kinesthetic learners.
  5. Group Discussions and Collaboration: Incorporate group discussions, peer teaching, and collaborative projects to cater to social learners.
  6. Self-Paced Learning and Reflection: Allow time for solitary learners to engage in self-study, reflection, and individual exploration.
  7. Incorporate Logical Structure: Organize content in a logical and systematic manner to appeal to logical/mathematical learners.
  8. Flexibility and Choice: Provide options for learners to choose how they engage with the material, such as offering both text and video explanations.

Remember that while considering learning styles is valuable, it’s also important not to overly pigeonhole learners into a single style. Many individuals exhibit a combination of learning preferences, and an inclusive approach that incorporates various styles can enhance the overall learning experience.

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What is the purpose of the Skills Levy Act in South Africa

In South Africa, there is a levy system called the Skills Development Levy (SDL), which is governed by the Skills Development Act of 1998. This legislation aims to promote skills development and combat unemployment by funding education and training initiatives. The purpose of the Skills Development Levy is to encourage employers to invest in the skills development of their employees, which, in turn, helps to enhance productivity, improve the quality of the workforce, and address the skills shortage in the country.

Under the Skills Development Act, employers are required to pay a percentage of their total payroll (levy) to the South African Revenue Service (SARS). This levy is used to finance various sector-specific training programs, learnerships, apprenticeships, and other skills development initiatives. Employers who contribute to the Skills Development Levy can also claim back a portion of the levy through submitting a Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) and Annual Training Report (ATR), which outlines their training and development activities for the year.

The main goal of the Skills Development Levy and associated regulations is to create a skilled and adaptable workforce that can contribute to the growth and competitiveness of the South African economy while providing individuals with better opportunities for employment and personal development.

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What is foundational learning competence

Based on the phrase itself, it might refer to the fundamental or basic skills and knowledge that serve as a solid base for further learning and development. These foundational learning competencies could include abilities like reading, writing, basic math, critical thinking, problem-solving, and information processing, which are essential for a person’s overall learning and intellectual growth.

If this term has gained traction or specific meaning after my last update, I recommend consulting more recent academic sources and research materials for an up-to-date understanding of “foundational learning competence.”

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What are the different skills development bodies for higher education in South Africa

As of my last update in September 2021, the following are some of the key skills development bodies for higher education in South Africa:

1. Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET): The DHET is a government department responsible for formulating policies and overseeing the higher education sector in South Africa. It works to promote and coordinate post-school education and training, including universities and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges.

2. Council on Higher Education (CHE): The CHE is an independent statutory body responsible for advising the Minister of Higher Education and Training on all higher education matters, including quality assurance and accreditation of higher education institutions and programs.

3. Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs): SETAs are responsible for promoting skills development and ensuring that education and training initiatives are aligned with industry needs. There are several SETAs, each focusing on specific economic sectors and industries.

4. National Skills Authority (NSA): The NSA is an advisory body that provides advice and recommendations on matters related to skills development and training in South Africa.

5. Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO): The QCTO is responsible for overseeing the development, implementation, and certification of occupational qualifications in South Africa. It collaborates with other bodies to ensure that qualifications are relevant to the needs of industries and the economy.

6. National Qualifications Framework (NQF): The NQF is a framework that provides a standardized system for comparing and recognizing educational qualifications within South Africa. It facilitates the progression and portability of qualifications across different education and training sectors.

7. Universities South Africa (USAf): USAf represents the interests of public universities in South Africa and serves as a coordinating body for issues related to higher education.

Please note that the information provided is based on the situation as of September 2021, and there might have been changes or developments in the South African higher education landscape since then. For the most up-to-date information, it is recommended to refer to official government and education authority websites.

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What is the benefits of elearning

E-learning, or electronic learning, refers to the use of electronic technologies to deliver educational content and training through the internet or other digital means. It has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its numerous benefits, which include:

1. Accessibility: E-learning allows learners to access educational materials and courses from anywhere with an internet connection. This flexibility is particularly beneficial for individuals who may have physical limitations or live in remote areas, as it reduces the need to travel to a physical location.

2. Convenience and Flexibility: Learners can set their own pace and choose the time and place that best suits their schedule. This flexibility enables them to balance their education with work, family, or other commitments more effectively.

3. Cost-Effectiveness: E-learning often requires fewer resources than traditional classroom-based learning. There are no expenses for physical infrastructure, travel, or printed materials, making it a cost-effective option for both learners and educational institutions.

4. Personalization: E-learning platforms can use algorithms to personalize the learning experience, catering to individual learner preferences, strengths, and weaknesses. This customization can lead to more effective learning outcomes.

5. Multimodal Learning: E-learning often incorporates various media formats, such as videos, audio, interactive quizzes, and simulations. This multimodal approach can cater to different learning styles and enhance engagement and retention.

6. Real-time Feedback and Assessment: Online learning platforms can provide immediate feedback on quizzes and assignments, allowing learners to track their progress in real-time and identify areas for improvement.

7. Global Reach: E-learning transcends geographical boundaries, allowing learners from different parts of the world to access the same educational content and expertise. This global reach enhances diversity and cross-cultural collaboration.

8. Continuous Learning: E-learning platforms enable learners to access resources and materials even after the completion of a course. This feature promotes continuous learning and upskilling, keeping individuals updated with the latest developments in their fields.

9. Environmentally Friendly: With reduced paper usage and the elimination of commuting, e-learning is considered more environmentally friendly compared to traditional classroom-based learning.

10. Enhanced Data Tracking and Analytics: E-learning platforms can collect and analyze data on learner performance, participation, and engagement. Educators can use this information to optimize course content, identify areas of improvement, and provide targeted support to struggling learners.

While e-learning offers many advantages, it is essential to recognize that it may not suit every learner or subject matter. Some individuals thrive in a traditional classroom setting, and certain subjects may require hands-on practical training that is challenging to replicate in an online environment. A blended approach that combines both e-learning and traditional methods may be the most effective solution for many educational institutions and learners.

Why project management is always good on your CV

Project management is considered a valuable skill and is often seen as a positive addition to a CV (curriculum vitae) for several reasons:

1. **Versatility**: Project management skills are applicable across various industries and job roles. Whether you’re in technology, healthcare, finance, or any other sector, the ability to effectively manage projects is highly sought after.

2. **Leadership**: Project management involves leading teams, setting goals, and coordinating efforts to achieve specific outcomes. Employers value candidates who can demonstrate leadership qualities, and project management experience is a strong indicator of this ability.

3. **Time and Resource Management**: A good project manager excels at managing time, budget, and resources efficiently. This skill is crucial in meeting deadlines and delivering results, which is an asset in any professional environment.

4. **Problem Solving**: Project managers often encounter challenges and obstacles during a project’s lifecycle. Their problem-solving skills enable them to identify issues, develop solutions, and keep the project on track.

5. **Organization and Planning**: Employers appreciate candidates who are organized and capable of developing well-structured plans to achieve objectives. Project managers excel in planning and organizing complex tasks.

6. **Communication**: Strong project management demands effective communication with team members, stakeholders, and clients. Communication skills are highly valued in any role, and project management experience showcases this ability.

7. **Adaptability**: Project managers need to adapt to changing circumstances and unforeseen situations. Demonstrating adaptability and flexibility in handling projects shows potential employers that you can handle dynamic work environments.

8. **Results-Oriented**: Project management is ultimately about delivering results. Having successful projects under your belt demonstrates your ability to drive projects to completion and achieve outcomes.

9. **Collaboration**: Successful project management involves working collaboratively with various stakeholders and team members. Employers appreciate candidates who can foster teamwork and cooperation.

10. **Initiative**: Taking on a project management role shows initiative and a willingness to take responsibility for the successful execution of tasks and projects.

While project management skills can be valuable on your CV, it’s essential to tailor your resume to the specific job you’re applying for. Emphasize the relevant aspects of your project management experience that align with the requirements of the position you’re seeking. Additionally, providing tangible examples of successful projects and their impact can further strengthen your CV.

Why a qualified trainer is important

A qualified trainer is important for several reasons, as they play a crucial role in facilitating effective learning and achieving desired outcomes. Here are some key reasons why a qualified trainer is essential:

1. Expertise and Knowledge: A qualified trainer possesses in-depth knowledge and expertise in the subject matter they are teaching. They have the necessary education, training, and experience, which allows them to present information accurately and comprehensively.

2. Curriculum Design: Trainers with qualifications are skilled at designing and developing appropriate training curricula. They can structure the content in a way that is logical, easy to understand, and aligns with the learning objectives.

3. Effective Teaching Techniques: Qualified trainers are trained in various instructional methods and techniques that cater to different learning styles. They can adapt their approach to suit the needs of diverse learners, making the training more engaging and effective.

4. Learning Assessment: A qualified trainer knows how to assess the progress and understanding of the participants. They can design assessments, quizzes, and practical exercises to gauge the effectiveness of the training and identify areas that may need further reinforcement.

5. Individualized Support: Trainers with qualifications are better equipped to provide individualized support and guidance to participants. They can address questions, clarify doubts, and provide personalized feedback to help learners grasp the material more effectively.

6. Motivation and Engagement: A skilled trainer knows how to create a positive and motivating learning environment. They can engage participants, encourage active participation, and foster a sense of enthusiasm, which enhances the overall learning experience.

7. Adaptability and Problem-Solving: Qualified trainers can adapt to unexpected situations and challenges that may arise during the training. They have problem-solving skills to address issues and keep the learning process on track.

8. Professionalism and Ethics: Qualified trainers adhere to professional standards and ethics in their practice. They maintain a level of integrity and respect for participants, fostering a safe and inclusive learning environment.

9. Industry Updates: Qualified trainers continuously update their knowledge and skills to stay current with the latest developments in their field. This ensures that the training content remains relevant and up-to-date.

10. Return on Investment (ROI): Investing in a qualified trainer can lead to a higher ROI for organizations. Effective training results in better-equipped employees, improved productivity, and reduced risks, making it a worthwhile investment.

Overall, a qualified trainer brings credibility, expertise, and a structured approach to the training process, leading to more successful outcomes and a positive impact on the learners’ development. Whether in a corporate setting, educational institutions, or specialized workshops, the role of a qualified trainer cannot be underestimated.

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