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I was born in Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. Following my Primary Education I entered a religious order to complete my Intermediate and Leaving Certificates while at the same time training to be a teacher.
My studies included Child Psychology, Philosophy, Theology and Teaching Methods under the guidance of a Master Educator.
In 1978 I got married and immigrated to South Africa. I spent the greater part of my career in the life assurance industry until my retrenchment in 1998.
I have a small training and consultancy business called "AMSI and Associates cc" specialising in ODETDP, Management/Supervisory/Disciplinary interventions as well as training for skills development and EE committee members .
I am qualified and registered as an SDF, Assessor, Moderator, Facilitator, Course Developer and Verifier with various SETAS.
I write on a variety of issues and have developed self study and training manuals on topics such as HIV/AIDS, Corporate Governance, Ethics, Management, supervisory HR and IR related issues. (Contact me for more information)
I am a member of the Ethics Institute of SA (MS 499/2010) and an ‘Affiliate’ Member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Life, Love, relationships and HIV/AIDS
A handbook for managers
Managing the Disciplinary process
HIV/AIDS – It’s your problem too
Everyone’s guide to HIV and Aids
HIV and Aids in the workplace
The Way forward – a guide to life and the world of work
School is over – what now? (a handbook for school leavers)
Conversations with life – a guide to an effective life style
Apply Innovative thinking

Should you have a need for specific articles, assistance with newsletters etc please contact me directly.

I am available as a consultant on ODETD related issues, EE and Skills Development Forum establishment and training or for public speaking engagements. I consult and train on a variety of topics and issues for clients in the mining, retail, hotel, technology and engineering industries

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What companies or organisations are you with?
AMSI and ASSOCIATES cc - 082 800 9057

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A word of thanks goes a long way

I get so annoyed when members of skills Universe ask for help and or assistance, for draft documents to be used, for details of training and other skills related information and then fail to have the courtesy to acknowledge receipt, to say thank you and worse still make use for alternate purposes what is sent to them. surely when we ask for help we should at least say "thank you"I also feel it is a liberty when people who are studying ask for information they can make use of when completing…See More

Des Squire replied to Jennifer Williams's discussion Services SETA in the group Training Service Providers
"Herewith details of the various items of correspondence sent out by Services SETA. Took a while to get it but I did eventually get a response. Hope this helps "
Victoria Siphiwe Mamvura-Gava replied to Des Squire's discussion Opinions vary – But who is right?
"Thanks Des & Sylvia."
sylvia hammond replied to Des Squire's discussion Opinions vary – But who is right?
"I agree with you Des - and thank you Vicky.  After 3 decades of manufacturing experience, I have so many examples of management who often have grown up and been educated in middle class western ways, who have absolutely no idea of the daily…"
Jul 25

Des Squire replied to Des Squire's discussion Opinions vary – But who is right?
"Thank you Sylvia, I agree with you regarding education in the past. Unfortunately in many instances in business today this attitude still prevails. Managers fail to realise their employees are individuals with individual opinions. Managers…"
Jul 25

Des Squire replied to Jackie Franck's discussion Copy of lost Matric certificate
"According to SAQA to verify your matric you need to do the following:  If the certificate was issued in September 1992 or later, please contact Umalusi on 012 349 1510 or .  (Their fee varies from case to…"
Jul 25
Victoria Siphiwe Mamvura-Gava replied to Des Squire's discussion Opinions vary – But who is right?
"Thanks Des. Last night after watching idols I ran into this story: Your last paragraph is a synopsis of this. "
Jul 24
sylvia hammond replied to Des Squire's discussion Opinions vary – But who is right?
"Thank you Des - that's why I don't listen to "talk radio" - it drives me crazy.  Personally, I believe that poor education is to blame - not not currently - in the past.  The education system lead everyone to believe…"
Jul 24

Des Squire posted a discussion

Opinions vary – But who is right?

When I listen to talk radio it never ceases to amaze me how many people phone in and say the “previous caller was wrong”Communication levels in South Africa fail hopelessly for the simple reason one person fails to listen to the other and then has the audacity to tell the other person they are wrong. Who gives anyone this right – to tell another they are wrong?We are all entitled to our opinions and to express our opinions and, irrespective of what source we base our knowledge on what we have…See More
Jul 24

Des Squire replied to Maphuthi Sekwaila's discussion EMPLOYER PAYING FOR WORK-RELATED COURSES in the group HR & Personnel Practitioners
"In my opinion employers are quite within their rights to ask employees to pay for training if they wish to do so. However it is normally done on the basis the employee will be liable if he/she should leave the company within a specific period of…"
Jul 24

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At 8:56am on February 07, 2014, sylvia hammond gave Des Squire a gift
Thanks Des more than I expected - have a great day :)
At 3:56pm on November 09, 2013, sylvia hammond gave Des Squire a gift
Happy birthday Des - all the very best wishes for a really great day and a year that is successful in the way that you would want - from sylvia Alan and the skills-universe team
At 1:04pm on October 23, 2013, sylvia hammond gave Des Squire a gift
Well done on your new association - from skills-universe team
At 7:28pm on November 09, 2012, sylvia hammond gave Des Squire a gift
Happy birthday Des and best wishes for a wonderful year from the skills-universe team
At 7:53am on November 09, 2012, Jared Shippel gave Des Squire a gift
Happy Birthday Des.
At 9:40 on August 18, 2012, Susan Gouws said…

Hello Des, thanks for the invite; I hope we are going to have lovely and lively discussions!


At 18:18 on May 8, 2012, Mohau Ngalo said…
Hi Des
I'm a registered Sasseta assessor and facilitator, currently working as a freelancer. I need help about pricing. So which method is best, price per hour or per credit and how much? One of the assessor I know charge R1300 a day. At the moment the is a company that need my services but we don't agree about moola. Please help...
At 15:44 on May 8, 2012, Robyn Hendrikz (nee High) said…

Hope you're well Des!

At 5:06pm on May 03, 2012, sylvia hammond gave Des Squire a gift
Thanks for the Acronyms :)
At 5:38pm on November 08, 2011, sylvia hammond gave Des Squire a gift
Best wishes for a wonderful birthday

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