The system applied when registering Assessors, Moderators, Verifiers and Accredited Training Providers is flawed with unnecessaryprocesses that can only lead to mismanagement and corruption.
Many of the people who peruse the necessary documentation and who make the necessary recommendations are not necessarily competent and sufficiently informed on the processes that need to be followed in order to be involved in these important decision making. To first be accredited by one of the SETA’s you must then apply to whatever and whomever tickles your fancy in skills training. I am convinced that the process is then flawed by assessors & moderators who are not registered, neither are they competent with the necessary skills and expertise required to deal with a specific learnership or a skills programme. Talk of a skills programme……. is it necessary to have these based on credits when infact it will never add towards a full qualification!
Those who have been in commerce & industry for a very long time will attest to the fact that skills programmes were previously run in the form of workshops and the outcomes of these events brought quality to the business sector as the learning process was by means of practical experiences and exercises. Government at the time did not think of accrediting these processes appropriately as they considered it part of the political issues that required these wonderful workshops to be abandoned as opposed to keeping what worked well and convert these processes to include the previously disadvantaged. I remember well when those classified as “white” and who have over the many years prior to democracy attained a solid level of entrepreneurial talent and business acumen/savvy, the powers to be almost turned away most of these people for recognition of prior learning even though we all very well knew that they did attend these workshops and have been applying what they have learnt. These workshop and conferences should be reconsidered for support in getting our young people, out of rk and the unemployed skilled for the workplace.
This method of producing competent workers, worked in the past and will, I am sure work well for now recognising the acute skills shortages in almost every conceivable sectors of commerce & industry.