I could not agree more. Otherwise we face the danger facing all other sectors, especially enterprise development - disenfranchised and therefore our impact (as little or much it can be) is unrecognisable and even almost invaluable. Coordination is the way to go.
I totally agree with you Des.
In my opinion I think that with the dawn of an information evolution, news will start to be shared more often via social networks like Skills Universe which is FREE, up to date, informed and comprises of user generated content.
Eventually, soon, the more traditional and generational practitioners will cotton onto open source information streams of communication, and realise that paid for, subscription type associations will be as outdated as yo-yo's.
How do you think Wikipedia began? They took Encyclopedia Britannica's market share in total of a few years... Because it is all open source and free!
Des, in the early days and currently APPETD is lobbying for Private Providers whether they are members or not. One just needs to note the different structures where APPETD board members represent private providers. I am saddened by the apathy shown by some private providers towards attendance at regional forums, in the Eastern Cape to be specific. The previous CEO of APPETD cautioned in 2007 against the challenges that we will face unless we group together and speak with a national voice. The few private providers that attended these forums understood these challenges way back. Strange as it may sound, these forums were funded by the Department of Labour. My point in this regards is simply "divided we stand & united we fall"
This now raises another question regarding representation. Is it not time that we as Practitioners engage with The South African Board for People Practices (SABPP) to seek professional recognition via registration with this body. I know that their current policy framework make provision for assistance to Practitioners to achieve registration requirements within the different registration categories.
Alfie R Wagner CHRP
The funding of a new body would depend entirely on the work being done by such a body were it to materialise. I see no reason why members would need to pay up front - payment coud be by means of a levy, a contribution for functions attended and so on. Whatever way the cookie crumbles payment should only relate to action.
I would really be keen to wait for more ideas and constructive comments and suggestions.
Hennie Potgieter said:
I fully agree that there is a necessity to have a representative body to look after all our interests. It would be difficult to achieve as we have a tendency in this country for people to be in charge. The difficulty would be with the people/directors and officers of the various organisations to give up their positions and join a new body. How would you like to finance the work of the new body without some subscription?
The idea of a National "umbrella" Union or Federation has to be a consideration both for now and in the future. We can sit and watch the very slow erosion of many peoples ideas and efforts gradually being washed away by the ever mounting volumes of legislation; however to be ahead of the rising tide is a full time occupation and I might add that it is through the Skills Universe that we are able swim. As an aside I read a nice slogan recently that "only dead fish swim with the tide".
Many of the Associations remain quiet and do not use this medium to actively participate and voice their concerns. There is little doubt that we have great issues to solve and to remain silent will tend to be seen as either weakness or apathy. From the lively and informed debates penned through this "Portal" no-one can be accused of this....however it clearly becomes necessary to harness this energy.
As a start how about a National Conference whereby practitioners, academics etc can begin to start the process. We can then commence the crafting of a truely National body.
Great idea we should also see to it that all the associations mentioned here are present and seek inclusivity and not exclusivity. Most of the associations are excluding people whether by qualification, interest or otherwise. It would be good for all of us to ensure that we all focus on solving the skills problems of this country.