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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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Dorothy Vieira replied to Des Squire's discussion Notional hours - what impact do they have?
"Insightful and valuable comment. Thank you Hannes. "
Nov 21
Dorothy Vieira replied to Des Squire's discussion Notional hours - what impact do they have?
"My experience has been that for the most part, the only notional hours learners put in are those that are required to collect their evidence and construct their portfolio's. I have come across very few learners (in a variety of sectors and…"
Nov 21
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Occupationally Directed Education, Training and Development Practices

This is a group for anyone involved in Occupationally Directed Education Training and Development Practices (ODETD) in any capacity. The association is built on the pillars of Integrity, Trust and Transparency. There are no fees involved and you are invited to join now. This is your association as a member of the Skills Universe. This is an opportunity to raise your voice related to Skills issues and to have the support of like minded people.Please only add discussion topics or reply to…See More
Nov 21
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Freelance Facilitators

A group for Qualified and Experienced facilitators who are available for freelance work. Register your contact details and province in order to be contacted by providers who might have a need.See More
Nov 21
Irene James replied to Des Squire's discussion Notional hours - what impact do they have?
"Yup, Andrew - You are right. - Another disaster looming. There is some good stuff coming out of the QCTO model, but I suspect that that whole idea of separate assessments/assessment partners etc will implode anyway - too cumbersome, too expensive,…"
Nov 21
Irene James replied to Des Squire's discussion Notional hours - what impact do they have?
"Hi Des! Forgive me - I am not exactly sure which part you disagree with? I agree with your statement about the presentation of evidence (for the assessor unit standard), but we don't have that problem when we train assessors, because we…"
Nov 21
Steve Short replied to Des Squire's discussion Notional hours - what impact do they have?
"Spot on Irene... and that's exactly how long the piece of string is :-) "
Nov 21

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Des Squire replied to Des Squire's discussion Notional hours - what impact do they have?
"I would disagree with you here Irene. What about the providers who are completing a level 5 unit standard based course where the criteria are set out but where the provider fails to comply. The provider actually completes two assessments for…"
Nov 21
Irene James replied to Des Squire's discussion Notional hours - what impact do they have?
"Hi Andrew - that is my point. and I see that not too many folk will wager a guess on this one. As a member of SAQAs NGB 11 (varied services - from transport to funeral to hairdressing) for yonks, we spent many many hours debating the credit values…"
Nov 21
Irene James replied to Des Squire's discussion Notional hours - what impact do they have?
"Hannes, you are bang on the button here - agree 100% with all your comments.  The PoE building option is definitely the best one. Naturally occurring evidence is a useful inclusion, but the challenge is always to ensure that the learner…"
Nov 21

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Hannes Nel replied to Des Squire's discussion Notional hours - what impact do they have?
"You are right, Allen - in theory. More than twenty years experiece in occupational learning, however, taught me that: 1. The large majority of learners do not submit their portfolios if they are required to do so after a month or two following on…"
Nov 21

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Des Squire replied to Willemien Kleijn's discussion Unit Standards-based Assessment in the group Training Service Providers
"If I am understanding you correctly the problem would be solved by addressing the Integrated assessment requirements as outlined at the end of the qualification. While you may assess each unit standard individually there would still be a need for…"
Nov 21

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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...
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
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Thanks for the Acronyms :)

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