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Irene James
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  • Durban KwaZulu-Natal
  • South Africa
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Irene James replied to Gweje Methula's discussion To Be or Not to Be Seta Accredited? in the group Occupationally Directed Education, Training and Development Practices
"What is scary, is the number of SETAs who trust and believe the "recommendations/requirements" for material/learning resources, which, in many, if not all cases, are criteria that are drawn up by people who have been in the…"
Jan 28
Irene James commented on Dave Muir's blog post Bureaucracy at its best!
"My sympathies Dave. The ETDP SETA has always done things so well, but I fear that the ETQA division is now on a downward slide into a black hole of abysmal failure of delivery.   I agree with you - why don't they just "take…"
Dec 22, 2015
Irene James replied to Tass Schwab's discussion How did I miss this? Blade Nzimande set to scrap Setas? in the group Independent Consultants
"Yup, Percy!   You noticed that as well!?.  The timing is always puuurrrfect! He did the same thing with his previous attempt to rob industry of the funding. Fortunately BUSA caught him out.  Hope they are still wide awake as…"
Dec 9, 2015
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Dec 9, 2015
Irene James replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Articulating the assessment strategy to a constructivist teaching approach in the group Assessors & Moderators
"Hi chaps - I feel like a duck (old one at that) paddling furiously under the water at the moment. Either that, or I am chasing my tail. Dying to comment on the brain-based stuff, but will get to it in a few days' time. Keep the pot boiling…"
Dec 2, 2015
Irene James replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Articulating the assessment strategy to a constructivist teaching approach in the group Assessors & Moderators
"Hi Sylvia Lovely morning in Durban today! How about setting up a new discussion link on "Brain -Based learning" on Skills-Universe.  There is such interesting stuff for facilitators, assessors and programme designers to share and…"
Dec 1, 2015
Irene James replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Articulating the assessment strategy to a constructivist teaching approach in the group Assessors & Moderators
"Hi Cas - love your thinking! We must have a chat over coffee/beer one day!   Thanks for sharing the readings - Some of them I have not come across, but I make a point of exposing our candidates (facilitators, assessors, material developers…"
Dec 1, 2015
Irene James replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Articulating the assessment strategy to a constructivist teaching approach in the group Assessors & Moderators
"Outstanding discussion! Our "three Muskateers" are really on a roll! Love the reference to the understanding of formative and summative assessments. The problem is, how many of our dear SETA verifiers understand the difference between the…"
Nov 30, 2015
Irene James replied to sylvia hammond's discussion Minister of Labour announces increases for domestic workers and contract cleaners in the group Industrial and Employment Relations
"Mmmm, I don't buy the story that "some work is better than no work".   It still leads to total exploitation of desperate people who perform an essential service. I think the time has come for these Domestics Workers to say…"
Nov 17, 2015
Irene James replied to sylvia hammond's discussion Minister of Labour announces increases for domestic workers and contract cleaners in the group Industrial and Employment Relations
"R2 230.70 per month for a reliable person who runs and cleans a home, looks after the kids etc etc at the expense of her own life? It is still sheer exploitation of domestic workers. Shameful. People who cannot afford these employees should do…"
Nov 16, 2015
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Nov 16, 2015
Irene James replied to Amelia Laubscher's discussion Question: Is it best practice to hand POE's back to learners after verification and certification? in the group Training Service Providers
"Yup! Quite a grey "fuzzy" area. - Typical of how the ETQA's do not talk to each other. Hopefully the QCTO will sort this out.  There are many such issues that need to be standardised (including the Verifiers who make their own…"
Nov 16, 2015
Irene James replied to Amelia Laubscher's discussion Question: Is it best practice to hand POE's back to learners after verification and certification? in the group Training Service Providers
"I agree with Hannes 100%.  We never return PoEs to the learners. Our QMS policy is to keep them for a minimum of 2 years AFTER verification - and you know how long some SETAs can take to verify! So it usually ends up about 4 - 5 years. -…"
Nov 16, 2015
Irene James replied to Alan Hammond's discussion DHET propose update to NSDS and propose Seta landscape - Your comments wanted in the group Post-school Education & Training - including TVET
"Hi Thabisile I love the idea of a register and the idea of incompetent people being "struck off the roll" - just as they do to medical and legal practitioners who do not tow the line.  Perhaps this could be something that our…"
Nov 13, 2015
Irene James is now friends with Jared Shippel, Sheree Lang and Joseph Themba
Nov 13, 2015
Irene James replied to Alan Hammond's discussion DHET propose update to NSDS and propose Seta landscape - Your comments wanted in the group Post-school Education & Training - including TVET
"Dear Alan Thank you for this information. As things go forward, I would like to call upon all providers to object to the re-employment of Verifiers who have been found to be incompetent in conducting their duties. they seem to think that they…"
Nov 12, 2015

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Tell us about what you do
Founder and CEO of a Private FET Institution, fully accredited by Services SETA - offering a range of learnerships across 7 ETQAs, skills programmes in ten countries in Africa and proudly holding a BBBEE rating of 1 - 168,75% - value adding.
What companies or organisations are you with?
Dionysus Skills Development Initiative Pty Ltd

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At 20:43 on September 23, 2015, Joseph Themba said…

Hi Irene! Thank you for reading my article. and I do agree with you, there are challenges as much as there are in every area of life and business. We as people need to understand that challenges don't mean we must stop, they are infact the price we need to pay to get where we want to be. We're all paying a price in some way or another for what we want to achieve in life.  I believe I have a lot to learn from you, With so much years of experience in the training field, I believe you've seen it all and you are an inspiration to many. We need people like you.

At 11:42am on April 12, 2015, sylvia hammond gave Irene James a gift
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Thank you Irene - we much appreciate your support for another skills-universe member
 
 
 

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