Having been in the NQF game for a good 18 years plus it never fails to give me a few good laughs . . . those of us who know the system are sadly quite used to the marvelous inefficiencies, delays and frustrations.
But today . . . well today wasn’t really special or any different I suppose. Trying to get a learnership registered with a seta i generally don’t deal with – I found out that the process involved something along the lines of sending in a letter of intent written in ink ground from the knee-bones of the lesser Peruvian ink-moth, and transcribed by blind Nepalese monks fed only on a diet of juniper berries. In quadruplicate. The forms are then lost – found- sent to Vannuysoppietafelonderdiekonfytfontein – lost again – buried in peat moss for 6 months – found – sent to Pretoria and filed in interpretive dance order – lost and finally found. This escalates your request to a mildly annoyed admin person (who hates her life but hates YOU more, especially as you addressed all this to HER) – so you will receive your application back with sundry random errors involving the wrong font size and the fact that the form is now outdated – marked in red or perhaps highlighted in yellow, and it will be rejected!
Yes – rejection is inevitable and almost required as otherwise these people have to actually do their jobs. Inconceivable really!
IF you are lucky when you call in – after many years of being shunted around the phone system sadly echoing your request like a lost ghost, wailing about delays – you may be told that they have realised you have addressed everything to the wrong department – well, yes it WAS correct when you mailed them back in 2000BC but NOW there is a new process so you have been queued and will have to wait to be lost and found once again. That’s just how it is.
At which point your learners have aged about a decade or so and if they haven’t lost all interest in the training, you can then put THEM in a lever-arch file and send them in triplicate with a new form and really hope they survive the peat moss experience . . .
. . . and we wonder why we have skills shortage issues?