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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

Vacancies: GM Innovative Learning Solutions,Managers Outcome Based Learning & Artisan Development

 A client has an urgent need of the following - can you assist?

 Please refer to the Job Specs:

General Manager: Innovative Learning Solutions

Manager: Outcome Based Learning

Manager: Artisan Development

Just send me (  your e-mail contact address and I will put you in touch with the client. Only experienced and dynamic people please - no experience do not respond please.

Added by Des Squire on June 24, 2014 at 17:00 — 1 Comment

Can you read this?

Added by Des Squire on May 6, 2014 at 10:08 — No Comments

A thought for Valentines day

 "How great is God! How small am I!
Lost, swallowed up in Love's immensity! God only there, not I"
(Experiencing a deeper Christian life - Andrew Murray)

Added by Des Squire on February 13, 2014 at 8:19 — No Comments


Diversity refers to differences or variety. When we speak about diversity people usually jump to the conclusion that we are referring to cultural diversity.

There are many forms of diversity such as race, religion, sexual orientation, upbringing, language, thought and background to name but a few. All of these exist in the workplace. Diversity can refer to cultural groups, religious groups, political groups or people with a variety of different…


Added by Des Squire on January 31, 2014 at 12:41 — 3 Comments

Change is an absolute for 2014

The only constant in life and business is change. In order to change anything there is a need to first change our thinking. Make 2014 the year of change and in doing so consider the following;

  • Change how you listen to others - start hearing what they have to say
  • Change how you treat others - remember they are individuals
  • Change how you perceive others - allow them freedom of expression and permit them to be innovative
  • Change how you interact…

Added by Des Squire on January 6, 2014 at 8:28 — 4 Comments




Staffing Direct Training Academy (Pty) Ltd in conjunction with the South African Navy Wingfield to open a new training school for welders


To assist in meeting…


Added by Des Squire on November 28, 2013 at 8:00 — No Comments

Understanding workplace forums

Workplace forums may be formed when there are more than 100 workers.  They promote the interests of the workers by consulting and making joint decisions. 

Employers must provide relevant information to workplace forums.

The functions of a workplace forum are to

  • Promote the interests of all workers (not only trade union members)
  • Enhance workplace efficiency
  • Consult with the employer
  • Take part…

Added by Des Squire on October 28, 2013 at 7:56 — No Comments

Think about this!!!

For whoever needs this today:  Just something to think about...

Did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive? Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated? Did you know the one who takes care of others all the time are usually the ones who need it the most? Did you know the 3 hardest things to say are I love you, I'm sorry, and Help me?

Just because a person looks happy doesn’t mean they are. You may have…


Added by Des Squire on October 21, 2013 at 9:54 — 3 Comments

SLR Camera required

I am looking for a second hand SLR camera (entry level model will suit) for my personal use.

Does anyone have one they want to sell???? 


Added by Des Squire on October 10, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

Why does disciplinary action fail at some companies?


The purpose of disciplinary codes and procedures is to regulate standards of conduct and behaviour of employees in a company. 

The aim of discipline is to correct unacceptable behaviour and adopt a progressive approach in the workplace.

Parties Obligations

The employer needs to establish that all employees are aware of the rules and standards of behaviour that are…


Added by Des Squire on September 16, 2013 at 9:00 — 3 Comments

What is a Skills Development Facilitator?


As set out in the Organising Framework for Occupations version 12 a Skills Development Facilitator (SDF) is a person who “Analyses the skills requirements within an organisation and coordinates the execution of the personal development plans of employees, monitors the implementation of the workplace skills plan and reports accordingly” (OFO Number:242302)

This would imply that the job profile of the SDF should include the following functions

  • Study…

Added by Des Squire on September 3, 2013 at 9:51 — 10 Comments

Are we being too negative?

I read this recently and thought it was so apt in todays world:

"What you see depends on what you look for. You can enjoy the positives or seek out the negatives.

It's up to you" Andrew Grant


The question I ask is are we being too negative in terms of our outlook on South Africa?…


Added by Des Squire on September 2, 2013 at 10:00 — 2 Comments



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