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Des Squire
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Has the skills revolution failed our youth?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Freddie Nyathela on Friday. 6 Replies

How to become a constituent assessor

Started this discussion. Last reply by Janelle Gravett May 26. 6 Replies

What is verification?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kate Sani May 30. 2 Replies

 

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Tell us about what you do
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)

SOME SELF STUDY MANUALS WRITTEN BY DES SQUIRE
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

Web Site - www.amsiandassociates.co.za
Blog page - www.amsiandassociates.co.za/blog/

e-mail address - des@amsiandassociates.co.za
What companies or organisations are you with?
AMSI and ASSOCIATES cc - 082 800 9057

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Freddie Nyathela replied to Des Squire's discussion Has the skills revolution failed our youth?
"What a powerfull and pertinent article....Heads up to Jim and Suzanne."
Friday

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Zerelde Uys replied to Des Squire's discussion Has the skills revolution failed our youth?
"Sadly, I am in agreement. I think it is time to think out of the box again. When evaluating one's position using System's Thinking approach, there comes that critical question whether you are in a closed system or an open system....because…"
Friday

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Hannes Nel replied to Des Squire's discussion Has the skills revolution failed our youth?
"I don't think we want the SETAs to be closed down, as the article hints. All we want is for them is to provide us with a professional service. Secondly, adult learners need to accept responsibility for their own learning and careers. They…"
Friday
James Gwangwadza replied to Des Squire's discussion Has the skills revolution failed our youth?
"For as long as government alienates the Private Service Provider in favour of TVETs which do not have systems and processes in place to deal with what Private Service Providers were and are currently providing the market place, then yes downward we…"
Thursday
Claudia Nicholl replied to Des Squire's discussion Has the skills revolution failed our youth?
"Hi Des. Unfortunately, very sad but true. We have always trained, before Setas, unit standards, etc. and we believe in continuing in training young people. The Setas and their red tape fit into our training, we are not trying to fit into the…"
Thursday
Fanie Agenbach replied to Des Squire's discussion Has the skills revolution failed our youth?
"Good day Des.   I read the attached article and totally agree with what was said there.  I find this two tier training thing everywhere. Let us train to satisfy the system and then train to educate and get to the real needs. Processes and…"
Thursday

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Has the skills revolution failed our youth?

I have attached a newspaper article by Jim Freeman that appeared in the Star Workplace on Wednesday July the 1st.I found Jims opinions and comments to be very pertinent and the discussion between him an Suzanne Hattingh to be very much to the point.I would love you to read the attached and to let me have some comment from you. What was of particular interest to me was the comment by Suzanne relating to workplace training - "You now have a two level system of workplace training. There is…See More
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Des Squire commented on Wilma de Villiers's blog post Is online learning the new method of teaching?
"One of the big problems her is that SETAS are not equipped to verify student assessments (POE.s etc) if the training is conducted on line. If providers deliver on line learning then assessment would need to be off line to suit the current…"
Jun 22

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At 12:37 on May 12, 2015, DuduzileZwane said…

Awu!!!....Madala Uthini manje...what about www.yellowmedia.co.za

Yellow Media Publishers is proudly South African and we also develop our learning second language material in Zulu.

At 11:52am on March 17, 2015, sylvia hammond gave Des Squire a gift
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Thanks Des - that is most helpful - have a great day - sylvia
At 10:45am on November 09, 2014, sylvia hammond gave Des Squire a gift
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Best wishes Des for a really great day and a wonderful year. Thank you for your enormous contribution to our community - we value you very highly. Warm regards from sylvia & the skills-universe team
At 8:56am on February 07, 2014, sylvia hammond gave Des Squire a gift
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Thanks Des more than I expected - have a great day :)
At 3:56pm on November 09, 2013, sylvia hammond gave Des Squire a gift
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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
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Well done on your new association - from skills-universe team
At 7:28pm on November 09, 2012, sylvia hammond gave Des Squire a gift
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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
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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!

Susan

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...

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