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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 Tholsia Naicker's discussion Where to Focus?
"We can take ownership of the problem, many already have, but when we fight the negative perception the dear Minister erroneously has of training providers it is like bashing your head against a brick wall. The minister wants to plough all the effort…"
yesterday
Rumbi James replied to Des Squire's discussion What is an assessor
"Thanks Des for the informative and well summarised article. I think it is important for Assessors to keep networking with others in the industry. Nomatter how much experience one has got, you'll always learn a thing or two. "
yesterday
Victoria Siphiwe Mamvura-Gava replied to Des Squire's discussion What is an assessor
"Hi Des Thank you for always doing this for the benefit of all.  I was recently approached by a provider who has won a tender to train over 40 people. They needed an assessor and moderator. However they had no idea of what an assessor or…"
yesterday
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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
Wednesday

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Des Squire posted a discussion

What is an assessor

I often receive enquiries from people who are qualified as assessors but who do not have any idea about assessment. What shocks me most is that many do not understand that qualifying as an assessor does not give them the right to operate as an assessor. They have not been advised during their training that they must register with one of the SETA's as a constituent assessor. For this reason I am posting an article I wrote some time ago in the hope it might assist in clarifying some…See More
Wednesday

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Des Squire replied to sylvia hammond's discussion SAQA publishes National Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning in the group Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
"Hi Steve, I must say I have to agree with you on this point. we cannot paint everything with the same brush. If for example I assess by RPL a candidates for assessor or moderator training I can do so at a cheaper per person cost then conducting a…"
Monday

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Des Squire replied to sylvia hammond's discussion A Tale of Two State Entities: SAQA and the QCTO in the group QCTO: Questions and Answers
"Hi Sylvia - reading this document has made me realise I am back in the real world - a world where the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing or has done. To stand before the PPC and deliver a report of such low standard is to say the…"
Monday

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Des Squire replied to sylvia hammond's discussion Newsflash: Parliamentary Committee Chair tells QCTO: performance not good enough in the group QCTO: Questions and Answers
"I am so looking forward to catching up - have been on the West coat for a weeks holiday. By the looks of things I have a great deal of reading on Skills Universe to do. Will catch up shortly. SAQA deserve to be in the limelight and to have…"
Monday
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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
Monday
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HIV and AIDS discussion group

An open forum dealing with HIV/AIDS related personal or business issues.Let's confine our activities to discussions and responses to discussions. Please do not use this group for advertising purposes. See More
Oct 15
Feroza Regal Haroun joined Des Squire's group
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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
Oct 12
Michael Fraser joined Des Squire's group
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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
Oct 9

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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 :)
At 5:38pm on November 08, 2011, sylvia hammond gave Des Squire a gift
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Best wishes for a wonderful birthday

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