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Des Squire
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Des Squire's Discussions

Has the skills revolution failed our youth?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Des Squire Jul 16. 15 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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Des Squire replied to sylvia hammond's discussion Employment Equity Amendments & Skills Development Assessments - body "authorised by law" in the group Implementers and Trainers of Employment Equity Act
"Does the one not refer to psychometric testing (assessment) and the other only to competency testing (via skills development)???? Pshchometric tests must be approved by the health professionals council"
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Des Squire liked Hannes Nel's discussion Trust
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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
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Des Squire replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Private learning providers: Perhaps this is what we should do in the group Training Service Providers
"We should not forget the past and must learn from it. It is past. We must live in the present and take action in terms of what we can do today. Live in the now  The action we take today will impact on so many in the future. The…"
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Des Squire replied to sylvia hammond's discussion What can skills-universe members do about inequality in South Africa?
"I have nothing against legislation as long as it has a very clearly defined purpose and is discussed with all key role players. However once implemented the secret is enforcement. This is where most of our current legislation fails - it is…"
Thursday

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Des Squire replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Private learning providers: Perhaps this is what we should do in the group Training Service Providers
"As one who is always ready for a good debate and even argument I am finding it a little disturbing that the political rhetoric is creeping in to this superb initiative you have taken Hannes. What you are doing and trying to do is commendable…"
Jul 21

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Des Squire replied to Des Squire's discussion Has the skills revolution failed our youth?
" Please also make sure to read the second attachment in my reply posted today 16th July."
Jul 16
Wessel PIETERS replied to Des Squire's discussion Has the skills revolution failed our youth?
"The old story. Put a government in charge to obtain outcomes and you probably achieve the opposite. The SETA is particular a good example and there are many more.  A Business School in the Cape offers a NQF-6 course in 2 days. …"
Jul 16
Claudia Nicholl replied to Des Squire's discussion Has the skills revolution failed our youth?
"Hi Ian My sentiments exactly."
Jul 16

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Ian Webster replied to Des Squire's discussion Has the skills revolution failed our youth?
"Thanks Des. My experience of the SETA system from the very beginning is that is all about training and not about delivery.  How many lernerships, how many apprentices, how many numbers -- get them through the system. This is what Sylvia touches…"
Jul 16
Steve Short liked Des Squire's discussion Has the skills revolution failed our youth?
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Kgabo Mmekwa replied to Des Squire's discussion Has the skills revolution failed our youth?
"Dear Des, The issue of SETAs is worrying. Youth unemployment rate keeps going higher. The problem with SETAs is incompetence and red tape. In some instances the people working at these institutions are not well equipped to deal with the work…"
Jul 16

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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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