Marie Smith
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Marie Smith's Discussions

Time to leave the boat?

Started this discussion. Last reply by sylvia hammond Oct 18, 2014. 3 Replies

On days like today I really think it is time to leave the boat in despair - when a learning programme evaluator cannot see that what he/she sees on a checklist as an 'Evidence locator grid' is…Continue

SDL levies rebate

Started this discussion. Last reply by sylvia hammond Feb 8, 2013. 5 Replies

I will appreciate any information or reference to formal documentation or the Minister's announcement relating to the SDL rebate reduction to 20%.Continue

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Marie Smith and Katherine De Exclana-Denton are now friends
Jun 19

Marie Smith was featured
May 31

Marie Smith replied to Ken Annandale's discussion SETA accreditation may render your OH&S Training invalid or illegal
"Ken, I am not sure how to interpret your use of the word 'illegal' in terms of occupational health and safety training. I have developed numerous company-specific health and safety induction training programmes and have not come across a…"
May 31

Marie Smith replied to sylvia hammond's discussion Occupational and Vocational - definitions in the group Skills Development Facilitators
"Sylvia, this is not my field, but the ServiceSETA has teh following definition on their web page: What is Vocational Education and Training (VET)? VET is education that prepares the trainee for jobs or careers at various levels – trade or…"
Apr 10

Marie Smith replied to Charlene Peens's discussion Sub-Standard Learning Material should be exposed in the group Learning Material Development
"Juliane, regulation by means of professional bodies might seem like the answer, but I am not sure it will be - there will still be variances in levels of competency and professionalism. For example, the engineering field is highly regulated, but you…"
Mar 6

Marie Smith replied to Charlene Peens's discussion Sub-Standard Learning Material should be exposed in the group Learning Material Development
"Charlene  - this will continue for as long as providers want to pay R30,000 or as little as R10,000 for a full qualification... and take advantage of such ridiculous offers as 'Christmas special', 'Valentine specials',…"
Mar 3

Marie Smith replied to sylvia hammond's discussion How should we discipline abusive language in the workplace? in the group Industrial and Employment Relations
"Sylvia, I fully agree with you. Respect,  not only in the work place is of utmost importance. In our country, we see disrespect - even disrespect for the self - wherever we go."
Feb 17

Marie Smith joined sylvia hammond's group

Industrial and Employment Relations

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Feb 17

Marie Smith and Lesley Hlabisa are now friends
Feb 10
Charlene Peens and Marie Smith are now friends
Jan 12

Marie Smith replied to Des Squire's discussion Notional hours - what impact do they have?
"Des, I fully agree with you. If we don't comply, we are contributing to the poor education in the country that so many people are talking and complaining about. Our profession needs to sweep in front of our own doors. We - as part of the QA…"
Dec 3, 2014

Marie Smith replied to Des Squire's discussion Notional hours - what impact do they have?
"DK, the provider had been accredited for the programmes but the client had 'company specific' materials developed to be facilitated by the accredited provider - was not possible to check that the specific material had been approved. "
Nov 20, 2014

Marie Smith replied to Des Squire's discussion Notional hours - what impact do they have?
"DK, the story of the chain seems to be the reality. facilitators and assessors should, however, be firm enough on the principles they stand for, i.e. assuring quality of learning and assessment - not merely taking on offers because they can't…"
Nov 20, 2014

Marie Smith replied to Des Squire's discussion Notional hours - what impact do they have?
"Des, this is a very valid concern, which I also have - seems to be ore of a sausage machine for the provider to collect money, rather than being interested in whether the learner can acquire and apply the skills. In any case, with outcomes-based…"
Nov 19, 2014

Marie Smith replied to DuduzileZwane's discussion BLOW WHISTLE TO SETA'S FOR ASSISTANCE
"Duduzile, as material developer I am as concerned as you about the issues you have raised. However, to require material developers to have registered companies is a bit out of line - we are professionals, working independently, and the burden of a…"
Nov 5, 2014

Marie Smith replied to Marie Smith's discussion Learners not meeting entry requirements for a unit standard/skills programme in the group Learning Material Development
"Dear Renee. Thank you - made me realise that this is possibly what they would like to see in the curriculum. They did not see the QMS as it is extension of scope with another SETA. "
Oct 31, 2014

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Tell us about what you do
Qualified and experienced developer of outcomes-based learning material and assessments, Levels 1-5
Design fully-aligned learning material, focussing on my areas of subject matter expertise: supervisory and management development, new venture creation, skills development, learning barriers, coaching, mentoring, customer service and customer service management. Developed more than 70 programmes under the auspices of ServiceSeta, W&RSETA, ETDPSETA and MQA.
Project-managed development of full qualification (and developed most of the material) for mining management.
Extensive experience in management, management development, behaviour change through coaching and mentoring.
Experienced entrepreneur, understanding SMME retail.
Registered HR Practicitioner with SA Board for People Practice (ETDP)
Assessor, Moderator- ServiceSETA W&RSETA, ETDPSETA
More than 15 years' experience as facilitator
Skills Development Facilitator
What companies or organisations are you with?
Trading as SkillsEdge

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At 23:11 on January 29, 2013, Charles Cotter said…

Hi, Marie, we are still in the initiation phase of the establishment of SAPTA. We had our founding meeting in November 2012 in which an Executive Council was elected. SAPTA has been registered with CIPRO. Three dedicated work groups were established to focus on the pivotal areas, namely: Governance; Membership/certification and Marketing/administration.

We plan to have our first networking breakfast sometime in April in which we will invite all interested stakeholders to join us and a more formal event in June 2013.

Essentially, SAPTA's vision is to instill and foster a culture of professionalism amongst trainers and to be the custodian of the rights, interests and needs of trainers. Indeed a tall order, but we have a fantastic ExCo and work group members to drive the process.

You are welcome to register and/or volunteer for the work groups. Our next meeting will be mid-February. SAPTA will be using Skills Universe and LinkedIn as communication platforms.      

At 11:25 on November 21, 2012, Suvrajit D Chowdhury said…

I am responsible for end-to-end e-learning & training solutions delivery across verticals like Educational Institutions, Corporates in IT, Telecom, Retail, BFSI, Healthcare etc. Leverage upon our years of experience in learning and training domain in different verticals and develop diverse solutions for various clients. 

Key service offerings are listed as below:

·         Custom Content Development (WBTs, CBTs, ILTs, VILTs, Blended Solutions, Webinars, Product Trainings, Process Trainings, HR/Sales Trainings, Compliance n Regulatory Trainings, Technical Trainings, Product Manuals, Walkthroughs, Catalogs, Assessments etc.)

·         Learning and Training Staff Augmentation (Provide Resources like Instructional Designers, Technical Writers, Quality Analysts, Multimedia Developers\Designers, Programmers, SMEs, Project Managers etc. in Onsite and Offsite models)

·         Content Localization (Text, Audio and Video translation in more than 40+ International languages like European, Latin American and Asia-Pac languages)

·         Content Re-purposing and Re-engineering (Conversion of legacy content into newer forms and newer technologies)

·         LMS/LCMS Solutions

·         Technical Trainings for Education

·         Mobile (Smart Phones & Tablets) and Game based Learning

·         Simulation/Scenario based learning

·         2D/3D Animations, Multimedia Services

·         XML/HTML Services

·         Learning Portals Development

·         Social Learning Communities Development

Please let me know if i could be at your assistance.




Marie Smith's Blog

Time for pest control in education and training?

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 10:21 0 Comments

My summary of background is to contextualise my concerns.

I have been a co-owner of a small/medium retail business for 10 years, sandwiched between training and development experience totalling more than 20 years, in smaller organisations (but with contracts from major national companies) and large organisations. So I have been exposed to and practice best practice in education and training and I am also au fait with retail marketing techniques.

I remain puzzled (I can't say…


Evaluating learning material to be acquired or developed

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 12:56 19 Comments

When deciding on a developer or a supplier of off-the-shelf SAQA-aligned outcomes-based learning material and assessments, the Training Provider's dilemma is how to evaluate the potential contractor or supplier.

Some time ago, the question arose of what guidelines can be given to training providers when they have to decide on contracting a designer/developer of outcomes-based learning material and assessments or when they buy 'off-the-shelf' material.

The suggestions that…


Minister Nzimande's budget tomorrow - Main & Guardian

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 20:20 2 Comments

Nzimande's budget: Universities take strain


On the eve of Parliament's crucial discussion on Tuesday about the financing of South…


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