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2nd article for school leavers

2.   Making decisions related to your future


Should I go to varsity or should I work for a year or two? 

In order to help you make this decision let me ask you how you feel right now. Can you cope with another three to five years of study? Do you feel like a rest? Do you want to carry on…


Added by Des Squire on January 16, 2017 at 10:24 — No Comments

Do TVET Colleges have a role to play in alleviating pressure on universities?

There is a place for TVET colleges and there is a need for our youth to consider attending TVET colleges. TVET colleges are different to universities in that they offer many of the essential courses to ensure the achievement of the skills and training needed that are essential to the South African Economy. 

South Africa is in need of Educated, qualified and…


Added by Des Squire on January 11, 2017 at 12:17 — 11 Comments

First of six articles for school leavers

This is the first of a six part series designed to assist all school leavers as they embark on the journey of life.

You may copy this for anyone who might benefit from it.


1.   Important decisions to make - the way forward…


Added by Des Squire on January 10, 2017 at 8:01 — No Comments

The birth of Christ


A virgin child was chosen

From all the human race

To wed a man called Joseph

Who took the Spirit’s place

The child that Mary carried…


Added by Des Squire on December 23, 2016 at 7:15 — No Comments

Assessors and Moderators must be qualified and must register as Constituent assessors/moderators

I am re-posting this article as I am receiving many requests for information on how to register as an assessor and/or moderator. This therefore is for the benefit of those who do not know. I urge all providers involved in the training of assessors and moderators to explain the process of registration to their learners

Is there a difference between being qualified as an assessor or moderator and being registered as a qualified assessor…


Added by Des Squire on October 13, 2016 at 16:20 — 13 Comments

Workplace diversity

Workplace diversity is a reality in South Africa. This cannot be denied and is reflected in the demographic make-up of the population and of the workforce. In terms of employment equity and the requirements of the EE Act issues related to diversity in the workplace must be addressed. 

Managing diversity is defined as "planning and implementing organisational systems and practices to manage people so that the potential advantages of diversity are maximised while its potential…


Added by Des Squire on August 23, 2016 at 16:36 — 1 Comment

A poem for Madiba



This man of honour, integrity, truth

An example to all, the young and the old

A leader of men, with foresight and vision

A man…


Added by Des Squire on July 18, 2016 at 9:16 — No Comments

I am still here

Just in case you have been wondering - I am still around and glad to be on line again.

Great to see so many people are still active and that there are may good discussions being posted

So what's the news?

I wish all members and friends a very happy weekend 

Added by Des Squire on April 22, 2016 at 15:26 — 5 Comments

What are the obligations of an assessor and /or moderator?

Back in the dark ages - March 2013 - I wrote an article on understanding assessment. I later followed this with an article on understanding moderation. The assessor article can be found by following the link below....

My question now is - what are the…


Added by Des Squire on February 15, 2016 at 15:54 — 3 Comments

Thought for today

"if you keep my commandments and love the Lord your God, and serve Him with all your heart and soul, then I will give you the rain for your land in it's season, the early rain and the latter rain, and you may gather in your grain, your new wine and your oil". (Deuteronomy 11; 13-14).

Perhaps this is why we have a drought in South Africa at present - just a thought???

Added by Des Squire on November 4, 2015 at 12:41 — No Comments

Registering as a constituent assessor - what does it mean?

I receive so many queries from "QUALIFIED ASSESSORS" asking how do they become constituent assessors. This makes me wonder what our providers are teaching when they train assessors?

I am posting a previously published article for the benefit of all.

The need for assessors and moderators…


Added by Des Squire on October 29, 2015 at 12:23 — 2 Comments

Work for the night is coming - it may well be your last

Work for the night is coming

Anne L Coghill (1836 – 1907)…


Added by Des Squire on October 13, 2015 at 13:30 — 7 Comments

National Skills Authority media release


Added by Des Squire on September 17, 2015 at 14:26 — No Comments

Conflict of interest

I recently started doing some work as a verifier. As a provider in my own right is this a conflict of interest?  Being a registered provider I see as an advantage in relation to the verification function.

Conflict of Interest as defined by the United Nations Ethics committee

“An organizational conflict of interest arises…


Added by Des Squire on August 4, 2015 at 8:43 — 15 Comments

Re-registration of qualifications SAQA announcement -08 June 2015


Every three years, all qualifications that are currently registered on the NQF are considered for re-registration.  This consideration has been in progress for several months now, as per the decision of the SAQA Board in October 2014 to approve, with certain exceptions, the re-registration of all currently registered qualifications for the period from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2018.

These exceptions are:

·        Qualifications that have been reviewed…


Added by Des Squire on June 9, 2015 at 15:35 — 27 Comments

Assessor training by distance learning

Those who achieve this unit standard will be able to conduct assessments within their fields of expertise.

 As constituent assessors they will be able to assess performance against specific unit standards and qualifications registered on the NQF once registered with the relevant SETA

The specific outcomes place emphasis on the fair, valid,…


Added by Des Squire on April 20, 2015 at 16:41 — No Comments

Notice to all SETAS and Providers

This is a Public Notice to all SETAs and Providers of the legacy qualifications that learners who wish to register towards any of the registered legacy qualifications, that are due to expire in 2015, may be enrolled, as the teach out period for the respective qualifications is in 2019/20. The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) will advise of any further developments on this matter in due course.…


Added by Des Squire on January 19, 2015 at 7:37 — No Comments

New Year greetings

I would like to wish all members of Skills Universe a very happy and blessing filled New Year.

May all your wishes for 2015 materialise and may your business grow from strength to strength. 

May the associations we have formed over the past continue for many years into the future.

God bless one and all during the course of…


Added by Des Squire on January 12, 2015 at 12:39 — No Comments

Women in business and personal development

Much has been said recently relating to the position of women in business and the need for education as a means of unlocking businesswomen’s self belief

None of us know what the future holds in store. What we do know is that whatever the future - change is inevitable. Change is a fact of life and in order to be adequately equipped for change…


Added by Des Squire on September 17, 2014 at 12:30 — 12 Comments

Change must happen but who must change?


Recently while training on “Change Management” I was asked – How do you deal with people who refuse to change or who refuse to embrace change? My response was – Have you considered that perhaps it is you who needs to change?

The problem is we see everything through “our own eyes” and we see things as always having been done in a certain way and fail to see things from the point of view of others. We…


Added by Des Squire on July 18, 2014 at 10:32 — 6 Comments

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