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Implementation of Learnerships

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sylvia hammond commented on Wilma de Villiers's blog post MY SOUTH AFRICA
"Hi Wilma, I think that I have seen it on Facebook as well but certainly worth reading again. "
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MY SOUTH AFRICA

I hope this was not published before on 'Skills Universe' ...I want to share the following  from an article in a Mango inflight magazine (9 February 2011):“My South Africa is the working-class man who called from the airport to return my wallet without a cent missing. It is the white woman who put all three of her domestic worker’s children through the school that her own child attended. It is the politician one of our rural provinces, Mpumalanga, who returned his salary to the government as a…See More
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Wilma de Villiers commented on Wilma de Villiers's blog post STIPENDS INFLUENCE MOTIVATION TO STUDY
"Eddie, I agree with you - for this specific project one of the criteria is that they need to be employed.  They are also living not very far from the College.  I fully agree with a stipend for students that need to travel far - without…"
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Wessel PIETERS commented on Wilma de Villiers's blog post STIPENDS INFLUENCE MOTIVATION TO STUDY
"Melony. Although many would agree with you, fact is that if you read many opinions expressed, some demand entitlement as a right, while other will strive for Functional excellence as the basis for cultural and technological development. …"
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Melony Du Toit commented on Wilma de Villiers's blog post STIPENDS INFLUENCE MOTIVATION TO STUDY
"Iam of the belief that the poor does not need charity, because charity begets charity thus causing the entitlement attitude. What the poor need is motivation, that is "self-motivation". If they don't want to do it for themselves, to…"
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MillieRasekoala commented on Wilma de Villiers's blog post STIPENDS INFLUENCE MOTIVATION TO STUDY
"I have been placing learners for a long time and know that it is not just the stipend that is compelling to them. However it is a motivating factor and I believe it should be the case. A stipend of R1,500 per month is often used to support a family…"
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Anitha Gunpath commented on Wilma de Villiers's blog post STIPENDS INFLUENCE MOTIVATION TO STUDY
"Changing times call for change in attitude, hence the sense of entitlement. I know of companies that pay their learners an extra amount plus the stipend , yet the learners are unhappy"
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MillieRasekoala commented on Wilma de Villiers's blog post STIPENDS INFLUENCE MOTIVATION TO STUDY
"I have been involved in the placement of learners for quite a number of years and I have to disagree that learners only take on learrnership placements because of stipends. Yes the stipend is a motivating fact"
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Nokuphiwa Sikhakhane commented on Wilma de Villiers's blog post STIPENDS INFLUENCE MOTIVATION TO STUDY
"It always disappoints me that learners and interns always ask for more than they are offered. I for one am a true believer in obtaining experience over monetary rewards (stipend). Having spent over two years unemployed due to lack of experience, I…"
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Eddie Cloete commented on Wilma de Villiers's blog post STIPENDS INFLUENCE MOTIVATION TO STUDY
"As far I'm concern, stipends only apply to people who are not working and got a learnership.People who are employed does not need a stipend or travel allowance as they do have a sustantive position in a company including benefits. My suggestion…"
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Catherine Martin commented on Wilma de Villiers's blog post STIPENDS INFLUENCE MOTIVATION TO STUDY
"South Africans need to get out of the entitlement mentality.  At the risk of being politically incorrect, I am putting it out there that we South Africans cannot stomach the fact that African and Asian nationals come into the country and just…"
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Frank Smit commented on Wilma de Villiers's blog post STIPENDS INFLUENCE MOTIVATION TO STUDY
"Hi, there are very good reasons for stipends or allowances where there is no other way that learners would be able to do it. I spoke to someone at SAOGA recently and they have an excellent program for 200 artisan students who each get a monthly…"
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Nkhensani Ndhlovu commented on Wilma de Villiers's blog post STIPENDS INFLUENCE MOTIVATION TO STUDY
"It's a sad part indeed. ... but I was also questioning why stipend when employed. Even other government department will put the stipend before the benefits of learning-including companies that are recruting learners for skills interventions. I…"
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Frank Smit commented on Wilma de Villiers's blog post STIPENDS INFLUENCE MOTIVATION TO STUDY
"Hi, maybe I am missing something here - these students are already employed? So why to they need a stipend in the first place, other than maybe for transport? How will South Africa compete internationally if the mentality is one of continual…"
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Tell us about what you do
Programme Manager at College of Cape Town - Education and Training, includes Early Childhood Development (ECD)Department.
Involved in lecturing, managing programmes, assessment, moderating, etc. of the following programmes:
* Level 1 Basic Certificate in ECD
* Level 4 National FET Certificate: ECD
* Level 5 Higher Certificate in ECD
* Level 5 National Diploma in ECD
* Level 5 Certificate: Education
* NCV Education & Training
* Short Courses/ Skills: Conduct Outcomes-based Assessment,
* ECD RPL Pilot Project

I also do external assessment and moderation for ECD-courses/ programmes.
My main 'responsibility' is for the learnerships that we offer, sponsored by EPWP and managed by the Western Education Department.

Umalusi External Moderator (resigned), INTEC & Damelinassessor and moderator
What companies or organisations are you with?
College of Cape Town, INTEC, Damelin

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MY SOUTH AFRICA

Posted on April 25, 2015 at 13:38 1 Comment

I hope this was not published before on 'Skills Universe' ...

I want to share the following  from an article in a Mango inflight magazine (9 February 2011):

“My South Africa is the working-class man who called from the airport to return my wallet without a cent missing. It is the white woman who put all three of her domestic worker’s children through the school that her own child attended. It is the politician one of our rural provinces, Mpumalanga, who…

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STIPENDS INFLUENCE MOTIVATION TO STUDY

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 20:45 13 Comments

We are busy with a RPL pilot project.  There is no stipend attached to the project because one of the criteria is that learners must be employed. They do not have to pay for the course and get all the learning material for free.

The learners were very excited when they were informed that they were selected.  At orientation they were informed that there will be no stipend but only a transport allowance of R200.  It is now…

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Why study if it is not going to improve your career prospects?

Posted on March 21, 2015 at 19:27 3 Comments

This is a question that was asked by many people when they found out that I was enrolled for a Masters Degree. Not even progress to a higher salary scale?

After school I studied because I needed the qualification to become a teacher.  Then I enrolled through UNISA for two qualifications thereafter and the reason was that I wanted to increase my knowledge specifically in the ECD field.

So why did I enroll, already in my fifties, for the Masters of Education in…

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ECD: Recognition of Prior Learning

Posted on February 23, 2015 at 19:22 7 Comments

I have very little experience in RPL.  What I have realized over the years that there are many myths and/ or misunderstandings regarding the RPL processes. RPL is a path that we are now investigating and preparing for. 

I googled and found valuable websites, especially regarding ECD RPL in Australia.  I also looked at their diagnostic tool but am not sure what the criteria exactly are for a diagnostic tool.  The purpose of the tool is clear to me but not the…

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SMOKING AT WORK

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 21:30 5 Comments

I read an interesting article in the Weekend Argus of 15 March 2014, THANK YOU FOR NOT SMOKING AT WORK Tony Healy discussed smoking at work in his article. He said that employers are entitled to impose a ban or reduce pay for breaks taken. I am sure that smokers were and will be up in arms when they read this.

Smokers are entitled to smoke before and after work, during their lunch and tea breaks. This is unfortunately not happening in most instances.

My husband…

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At 7:48pm on March 21, 2015, sylvia hammond gave Wilma de Villiers a gift
At 21:37 on October 15, 2013, Tilly Reddy said…
Thanks Wilma
Time is always a challenge. It seems like it will be worth all the effort. Thanks once again. Regards Tilly
At 6:29 on April 3, 2013,
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Hallo Wilma, my email address is casper@mweb.co.za

At 9:10 on September 18, 2012,
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Hannes Nel
said…

Hello Wilma, Thank you for showing interest in my comments and ideas. I would gladly respond to yours. However, I am not an authority on "civil society" and have learned that one should not air your opinion if you don't really know what you are talking about. Of course I have my own opinion, but really, it is not worth much. I hope you will understand. On the Skills Universe issue - I have actually decided to limit my participation because I still feel that one is misusing them as a "free marketing" opportunity when you use your company's name in your comments and because they don't focus on QA of ETD as we do. On the other hand, not identifying yourself would be a waste of time; so yes, one is actually misusing them and this makes me feel unfomfortable. Regards, Hannes Nel

At 15:37 on September 16, 2012,
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Leon du Plessis
said…

Hi Wilma -

I have read your blogpost and the subsequant value bearing comments of the participants with great interest. Hereafter I visited  the article quoted by Des - also with great interest.

In order for me to understand more about the concept of civil society, I  also looked at what SACSIS (The South African Civil Society Information Centre has to say about the topic.

Des indicated that if it can be seen  as professional associations, religious groups, labour unions, citizen advocacy organisations, that give voice to various sectors of society and enrich public participation in democracies, Skills Portal and Skills Universe can be identified as civil societies.

Further common terms to describe a civil society used are NGO, NPO, charity, voluntary sector and so on.

The Centre for Civil Society at John Hopkins University (London, UK) defines a civil organisation as: "Any organisation whether formal or informal, that are not part of the apparatus of government, that do not distribute profits........that on self-governing, and in which participation is a matter of free choice. Both member-serving and public-serving organisations are included. Embraced within this definition, therefore, are private, not-for-profit health providers, scools, advocacy groups, social service agencies, anti-poverty groups, development agencies, professional associations.......and many more"

As confirmed by Des it is clear that many definitions for civil society exist.

From my perspective both Skills Portal and Skills Universe are the places where all stakeholders in the development of human resources meet. This would include matters of all aspects of the world of work - as pointed out by Sylvia.

I also had a look at the Human Resource Development Strategy for South Africa.

During the little research done by me on the topic of civil society the first thought that came to my mind was (and perhaps still is) - this has something to do with politics.

However - if you consider all of the above and you also look at civil society from the perspectives highlighted by Des and Sylvia then I support them when they indicate that, based on these perspectives, Skills Portal and Skills Universe can be civil societies. 

 

At 19:41 on September 15, 2012,
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Leon du Plessis
said…

Hello Wilma -

Thanks for you good wishes - I appreciate your kind words.

Yes, I will read through your article and give you feedback shortly.

Regards.

At 20:11 on April 15, 2012, Xandra Malapane said…

Thanks for the quick response Wilma:o)

At 8:03pm on March 19, 2012, sylvia hammond gave Wilma de Villiers a gift
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At 13:17 on February 18, 2012, Farhana Faisal said…
Thanks for the reply Wilma.My course consists of starting a day care,child development,health safety and nutrition,the physical environment and administration its for a 820 certificate.I intend on completing it before march ends but I am not to sure where to go from there or how to gain experience while I study.I would like mentoring if possible or advice on what are my options
At 13:15 on February 18, 2012, Farhana Faisal said…
Thanks for the reply Wilma.My course involve starting a day care,child development,health safety and nutrition,the physical environment and administration its for a 820 certificate.I intend on completing it before march ends but I am no to sure where to go from there or how to gain experience while I study.I would like mentoring if possible or advice on what are my options
 
 
 

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