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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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johnstone mwendwa malonza joined Des Squire's group

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
12 hours ago

Des Squire posted a discussion

Does poor performance come from a lack of ability or from low motivation?

For every hundred men hacking away at the branches of a diseased tree, only one will stoop to inspect the roots. – Chinese proverbAre individual members of your team performing less well than you'd hoped? If so, this proverb can take on great significance. To figure out what's causing the performance issue, you have to get to the root of the problem.But because employee performance affects organisational performance, we tend to want to look for a quick fix. Normally the solution is to send the…See More
18 hours ago
Renee' McGibbon joined Des Squire's group

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

Pierre Wepener replied to Des Squire's discussion What is an assessor
"Hi Des, Can possibly add time needed for experience? As in the specific case with the SASSETA, Firearm Assessors must with their submission - application, to be registered as constituent assessors, submit a CV, witness testimony, or letter from…"

Des Squire replied to Lynel Farrell's discussion SAQA to the Rescue!!!!! in the group Concerned Providers Interest Group - QCTO
" Not a problem Joe, but thank you none the less. I appreciate this. as usual keep up the good work and I assure you of my on-going support as always."
Oct 25
Victoria Siphiwe Mamvura-Gava liked Des Squire's group Freelance Facilitators
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Victoria Siphiwe Mamvura-Gava joined Des Squire's group

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 25

Des Squire replied to Lynel Farrell's discussion SAQA to the Rescue!!!!! in the group Concerned Providers Interest Group - QCTO
"Thank you Joe, that is exactly what I said - the function was delegated to the SETAS. If the dates have been extended then it would be nice to have this communicated by SAQA - that is all nothing else. I understood a globular extension could not be…"
Oct 24

Des Squire replied to Lynel Farrell's discussion SAQA to the Rescue!!!!! in the group Concerned Providers Interest Group - QCTO
"The QA function was delegated to the SETAS after the formation of the QCTO. This I understand will remain the case until such time as it is taken away form the SETAS. In my opinion this is not likely to happen. I would really like to see what SAQA…"
Oct 24

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…"
Oct 23
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. "
Oct 22
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…"
Oct 22

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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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