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ServiceSETA backlog project

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lynel Farrell Nov 2, 2015. 1 Reply

I have just noted a notice on ServiceSETA web page inviting all stakeholders who have outstanding issues to make use of a form posted on the web page to follow up on several types of issues.The…Continue

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 replied to Marie Smith's discussion Implications of new trend? in the group Accreditation Processes
"I agree, Andrea. Waiting to see the response of the SETA to whom first application was made."
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Accreditation services - W&RSETA and ServiceSETA

All applications for accreditation and programme approval should be successful on first submission.Contact me for your quality management system, learning materials and assistance with application to ServiceSETA and W&RSETA. Proven track record and delighted clients.Several public FET colleges have implemented the W&RSETA level 2 qualification that I developed (tender basis) in their Centres of Excellence. Several private providers successfully accredited and numerous programmes…See More
Jan 8

Marie Smith replied to Tass Schwab's discussion Customisable Material in the group Learning Material Development
"Great news for us, Tass! It was a privilege to have worked on this project with you, designing some of the modules. "
Jan 8

Marie Smith liked Hannes Nel's discussion Andante
Dec 31, 2015

Marie Smith replied to Cas Olivier's discussion A peep into learner-centered material
"Very valuable discussion. Certainly not easy to develop cascading activities. It is, however, interesting how SAQA guides developers of learning materials to some extent with examples in parts 5 and 6 of their guideline document. In the highlighted…"
Dec 15, 2015

Marie Smith replied to Cas Olivier's discussion A peep into learner-centered material
"Victoria, I get very frustrated when someone says that learners will not be able to cope with something required of them as an assessment criterion. So often we hear that level 2 learners will not be able to complete an activity that is based on the…"
Dec 14, 2015

Marie Smith replied to Cas Olivier's discussion A peep into learner-centered material
"Cas, I am offering one example of an activity - open to critique - that can be used to help learners identify the outcomes for US 10294, which deals with learning barriers. I endeavoured to design the activity so that learners disciver for…"
Dec 14, 2015

Marie Smith replied to Sandesh Maharaj's discussion Services Seta Scope for Assessor and Moderator
"Sandesh, patience is the game - no other way. They have taken up to 10 months this last year. The person to contact is Samantha. Good luck"
Dec 10, 2015

Marie Smith replied to Sandesh Maharaj's discussion Services Seta Scope for Assessor and Moderator
"Sandesh, I am not sure what you mean by getting your 'scope' from the ServiceSETA. Have you submitted an application for registration, indicating which qualifications you want to be registered for? If so, are you waiting for the letter…"
Dec 10, 2015

Marie Smith replied to Hannes Nel's discussion You can't call anything an assessment strategy in the group Assessors & Moderators
"Des, I fully agree with you that being qualified and experienced as both assessors and moderator provides one with insights into appropriate assessment methods and on designing valid assessment instruments. I am not pretending to know all, but I am…"
Dec 2, 2015

Marie Smith replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Articulating the assessment strategy to a constructivist teaching approach in the group Assessors & Moderators
"Cas, thank you again for the opportunity to have observed how you facilitate a programme. This will help guide me in further learning programmes I design and develop. I have seen how you - instead of explaining - design activities to help learners…"
Dec 2, 2015

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Tell us about what you do
SkillsEdge was established in the beginning of 2010, recognising a need for well-developed learning materials and quality assurance services relating to behaviours that have an impact on the bottom line of any organisation — customer/guest service, supervision and management — to realise the vision and mission of an organisation, and to set an organisation apart from the competition.

SkillsEdge’s approach is to identify critical skills and performance requirements and translate these into effective learning programmes, coupled with assuring that service delivery is in accordance with the standards of an organisation and aligned to the vision and mission of the organisation.

Learning materials developed by SkillsEdge are designed to be relevant to the target group and include ample opportunity for practicing and implementing skills at the workplace.

I develop 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. With ratification by technical subject matter experts, I have developed numerous technical learning programmes.

Developed more than 200 programmes under the auspices of ServiceSeta, W&RSETA, ETDPSETA, FoodBev and MQA.

I also assist training providers with accreditation with ServiceETA and W&RSETA.
Marie visited Disney World Resort in Atlanta, USA, in 2005 to learn first-hand from this internationally-acclaimed guest experience organisation on how to create memorable experiences for guests.

She was trained on the implementation of quality management systems and quality assurance during an 8-year period as Head: Training Section, South African Bureau of Standards (SABS).

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 Professional 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

ServiceSETA requirement for agreement if learning material is purchased

Posted on August 1, 2015 at 17:47 20 Comments

Most developers of learning materials are probably aware that the ServiceSETA adopted a new procedure for accreditation earlier this year. Where they previously evaluated the online application for compliance and then arranged a site visit during which the evaluator evaluated both the QMS and learning programmes for programme approval, they now first do a desktop evaluation of the documentation before arranging a site visit. The provider has to submit the QMS and learning materials in hard…


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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