All Blog Posts Tagged 'skills' (121)

Skills and innovation needed to fuel green growth

Skills and innovation needed to fuel green growth

South Africa has begun the process of adjusting our training provision to meet the new demands of the green economy. Developing green skills is the key to unlocking the employment and entrepreneurial…


Added by sharon snell on April 22, 2014 at 13:13 — No Comments

Why Can't The Man On The Street Learn To Speak ?

 One of my favourite musicals "My Fair Lady" has always had, and always will have, a great and very positive impact on both my life and my work. Funnily enough, I was even referred to by one of my many clients as "the Fair Lady." The ability to communicate and express oneself genuinely, whether through a musical instrument, vocally, artistically or through dance has becoming…

Added by Michelle Shippel on April 17, 2014 at 14:44 — No Comments

Can you force employees to apply for their own jobs or face retrenchment?

by Ivan Israelstam

If you ever land up at the CCMA, you'll see retrenchment laws well summarised on their wall notices. Unfortunately, employers only get to see these summaries when it's too late, they've possibly unfairly dismissed an employee and the legal process has begun. In this article, find out what's the truth when it comes to retrenchment laws.

You don't need your employees' "permission" to retrench…


Added by Lia Marus on March 28, 2014 at 6:00 — No Comments

On the Forbes List’s Ladies and Professional Aggression

The latest Forbes’s list of global billionaires welcomes more newcomers than ever. The additions include moguls hailing from the US, China, Germany and Brazil. With a combined worth of US$510 billion, the group are currently worth more than the GDP of Norway.

Another record has been set with…


Added by Chantel Harris on March 25, 2014 at 15:39 — No Comments

The value of assessment centres in your recruitment strategy

by Lia Marus

 Last week, the HR Pulse team attended the 34th Annual Assessment Centre Study Group (ACSG) Conference at the Protea Hotel in Stellenbosch. Some of the top professionals in the assessment centre field participated in this event and provided insights into the assessment centre landscape. According to the ACSG committee, assessment centres have proven to provide rich layers of information for managerial…


Added by Lia Marus on March 25, 2014 at 14:30 — No Comments

"A la Carte" Restaurant Communication

I recently attended a business lunch at a restaurant that I had not visited in several months. On arrival, I was greeted by the waiters and manager at the door and was then shown to my table. Once I was seated, the waiter handed me a menu and immediately asked me what I would like to drink. Seeing that I had just sat down, I decided to take a few minutes to make the decision. General greetings and exchanging of handshakes took place and within two minutes of having been seated,…


Added by Michelle Shippel on March 24, 2014 at 10:07 — No Comments

Skills degradation and obsolescence caused by long periods of unemployment need to be addressed


It can take up to 6 months or more to find a job during a period of unemployment. Globally, on average, the unemployed are experiencing longer periods of joblessness than before the financial crisis. Employers are favouring the newly unemployed when jobs do become available. This increases the risk of skills degradation and obsolescence. The resultant skills mismatch…


Added by sharon snell on March 18, 2014 at 20:49 — 1 Comment

Do our Kids Communicate like Techno-Tarzans?

As a follow up from my recent post, today's blog will deal with how we change our communication in terms of what we say and how, in order to fit in with the culture of a company and to suit the client's needs and requirements. According to George Bernard Shaw, "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." Communication is the manner in which we create a true connection with each other and it assists us in relaying messages…


Added by Michelle Shippel on March 12, 2014 at 9:09 — No Comments

Eduloan simply delivers employee training

Sourcing the right training programme for your employees from a trustworthy training provider is not an easy task. The additional burden of finding cost effective courses that will give a return on investment can leave HR practitioners at a loss.

Companies who don’t have the necessary human resources experience are in danger of engaging with bogus training providers or participating in subpar training programmes.

However, Eduloans new Training Fund Management service is there…


Added by Cindy Payle on February 20, 2014 at 10:30 — 3 Comments

The Interpersonal Skills a Manager Needs

For a long time, IQ was lauded as the measurement of how likely one was to succeed. Many years and much research later, it was shown that in actual fact one’s EQ (emotional intelligence) is a clearer indicator of potential business success than not only a high IQ, but even of relevant previous experience.

The EQ is closely related to interpersonal skills. For someone in a managerial position,…


Added by Chantel Harris on February 12, 2014 at 14:25 — 5 Comments

Opportunities for senior citizens not a priority

I recently wrote an article on whether government’s plan to produce 30 000 artisans by 2030 is a plausible one.

According to the Ekurhuleni Skills and Training Center SA can reach this target if government provides development opportunities for older semi-skilled workers as well as young people.

This comment got me thinking about the current focus on youth development, youth employment, youth subsidies.

No-one doubts that investing in our young…


Added by Cindy Payle on February 4, 2014 at 11:30 — 15 Comments

Are You Ready to be a Manager?

There comes a time in your career where you think you’re ready to step up and become a manager. But are you really ready? On the flipside, perhaps you don’t think of yourself as being quite ready to take on the added responsibility, when actually it is the right time to move into the new role.

To help you know whether you’re ready or not, here are some questions to ask yourself. 

Are you an organiser?…


Added by Chantel Harris on December 6, 2013 at 14:37 — No Comments

4 Steps in a skills audit

by Naomi Kleynhans

Do you need to conduct a skills audit but don’t know what to plan for?  In this article, I’ve outlined four steps you need to take in your skills audit project. This list is not exhaustive and you might want to consider adding in steps such as time to review job titles, reporting structures and…


Added by Lia Marus on November 19, 2013 at 7:53 — No Comments

How to win the talent war

Three billion unskilled and semi-skilled workers around the world are jobless. A mammoth 1.5 billion jobs need to be created globally for the world to win the war against unemployment. This was the message from the 30th International Pan Pacific Business Conference which was hosted by the University of Johannesburg (UJ) earlier this year.

South Africa, like many emerging countries, is facing a major talent shortage. The latest Talent Shortage Survey…


Added by Lia Marus on October 31, 2013 at 8:00 — No Comments

Focus on Learning Outcomes?

Cas posted a blog on his website: Are we teaching as if print technology was never invented?…


Added by Wilma de Villiers on September 29, 2013 at 22:05 — No Comments

Remember the Future?

We train, to no avail because we don’t address thinking preferences…

  • Thinking skills determines performance, not technical skills!
  • Steve Biko said psychological change before anything else…
  • We need to raise managerial awareness levels in the workplace in order to create an inspired workforce
  • The way we think determines our future, so why don’t we develop our thinking ability?

It was suggested that 2012 is the end of the world.…


Added by Dr Wynand Goosen on September 29, 2013 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

Skills, performance and certification

If a strategic plan can be used to determine the required human capital, and industry experience is used as credit in an integrated system, it implies that there could be a link between skills, performance and eventually, certification. Skill (techne in Greek) is used to denote expertise developed in the course of training and experience. It includes not only trade and craft skills as acquired by apprenticeship, but high-grade performance in many fields, such as professional practice, the…


Added by Dr Wynand Goosen on September 11, 2013 at 14:30 — No Comments

How to conduct a Skills Audit

Many skills-universe members request information on how to conduct a skills audit. One of our contributing members Dr Wynand Goosen has very kindly provided us with the attached document:


Added by Dr Wynand Goosen on August 18, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments

What standards should I use to conduct a best practice skills audit?

Conducting a best practice skills audit requires the HR practitioner to develop and implement a skills audit plan that meets the needs of both the organisation and the workforce while complying with legislation and best practice standards.

A skills audit is often perceived as a threat, especially by the workforce, and this might jeopardise not…


Added by Lia Marus on July 30, 2013 at 8:00 — 5 Comments

The hard facts on soft skills: What REALLY drives workplace performance?

Over the last two to three years, there has been a dramatic shift in the way skills are viewed in the workplace. Business leaders are now recognising that no matter how highly qualified, skilled or intelligent an employee is, if they don't have strong soft skills they won't contribute to the workplace in the most meaningful way they can. And with business being conducted at an increasingly fast pace, employers also want people who are agile, adaptable and creative problem…


Added by Lia Marus on July 9, 2013 at 7:30 — No Comments

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