25th Jul 2019 at 1:14 pm #71357
An interesting question I have been asked. How do SDFs – or practitioners new to the learning & development field – go about establishing networks?
SDFs are sometimes very isolated. Not only are there the external consultant SDFs & other L&D practitioners, who work for their own account, but the internal SDFs can also be very lonely in their work.
One of the problems is that the rest of the company has no idea about what they are supposed to be doing. Let’s face it – the acronyms are a minefield. Personally, I have worked in field the area every day of the last decade – at least – and recently I had to ask Maryna Ritter what an acronym was.
So how does a new SDF go about developing themselves, and networking with others in the field?
Please give you suggestions.
- This topic was modified 4 weeks, 1 day ago by sylvia hammond.
31st Jul 2019 at 10:04 pm #71442
I have not been online for a while. and the first topic I landed on was this one. I’ll speak from my personal experience, it is indeed very tough to get around or even get business to understand what it is SDF’s do.
1. I used SETA’s workshops, steering committees for learning programmes within different professional to connect with SDF’s and learning specialists across various industries.
2. Partnering with Business in driving Skills Development and identifying SME’s that have a vested interest in developing others is a great start. Inviting them to workshops with SETAs is another option which I found to be great.
3. Show business the Money (Grants, Rebates, ROI by those who are being developed, BBBEE SD Scorecard) – You are guaranteed to have them listen to you atleast once a month which ultimately means you have a seat at the table.
My 2 cents worth.
1st Aug 2019 at 1:50 am #71443
Yes, I have missed you – glad you are back.
Your comments on business are interesting. I recall that the late Gill Connellan, who is responsible for the founding of ASDSA, always said that SDFs need to understand business – that they need to be strategic & able to provide strategic business advice.
1st Aug 2019 at 9:06 am #71445
Dr Carin Stoltz-UrbanParticipant
I have recently been approached to serve as the Chair of the Technical Committee of ASDSA. I think that this body could play a role in getting professionals together? http://www.asdsa.org.za
1st Aug 2019 at 2:56 pm #71454
Thank you Carin, yes I agree.
I am a member and definitely encourage all SDFs & other practitioners involved in skills development.
ASDSA are very professional in making contact with members across the country. There are regional branch meetings.
Even more importantly, the AGM is available around the country on Webinar format. It is saved, so that members can watch and listen at a later date to catch up.
In our country with a history of so much exclusion, I feel that this is the most important feature of a truly professional body – making the business of the association truly open and transparent to all members – not simply accessible to an elite minority.
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1st Aug 2019 at 9:44 am #71449
Hunter van HeerdenParticipant
I have found that having a strong relationship with the various SETAs assists with generating new business. I have been lucky enough to be on a few committees across three SETA’s in the last 12 months.
Through these relationships, I have been able to increase my client portfolio.
I also believe that you need to have a firm understanding of business and the trends which hamper companies from either wanting to achieve BBBEEE compliance, which in my experience drives training compliance. To companies which see training and development, not as a cost but rather an investment into their staff and the future skills offering their staff can translate to their clients.
Being a strategical partner to multiple training providers also has allowed my business to interact with corporate companies business would previously not been able to gain access too.
Being a guest speaker at L&D events hosted by my strategical partners is another avenue to increase your networking ability.
An additional point is to have a social media presence and do not mean Facebook.
In the last training year, my company with blessed and we were able to submit 35 WSP/ATRs across 7 SETAs. – So having a broad knowledge base of how multiple industries operate is also key to increasing your networking ability, which intern also increases your businesses profitability.
I hope my thoughts have offered some insight to your question.
Hunter van Heerden
Owner – SDL Rebate
1st Aug 2019 at 3:00 pm #71456
Thanks Hunter – yes I absolutely agree.
Businesses are in the business of business.
They are not in the business of training.
So it is critical to be able to understand the business in order to integrate training and development to further the business – as well as the individual learners – and achieve transformation.
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